Reps. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and Jim Costa, D-Calif., were announced Feb. 28 as co-chairs of the Congressional Fertilizer Caucus.

The caucus is a bipartisan coalition, founded in 2015, that support America’s fertilizer industry and the farmers they serve. The caucus educates policymakers and stakeholders about the important role fertilizers play in agriculture by supporting 50 percent of global food production, conserving land and feeding the nation and world.

“Fertilizers add $155 billion to the U.S. economy and support nearly half a million U.S. jobs,” Newhouse said in a news release.

Chris Jahn, president of The Fertilizer Institute, said the industry accounts for 1,924 direct jobs and more than $1 billion in direct economic impact to the Washington state economy.

“Congressman Newhouse is a proven leader with a deep background in agriculture,” Jahn said.

Newhouse is former director of the state Department of Agriculture and is a tree fruit, wine grape and hops grower near Sunnyside, Wash.

Reps. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and 22 other representatives are members of caucus.

— Dan Wheat


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