$ 500 million for agricultural fairs is a lot of Apple screens
The Fair is in the air now and … well, hopefully every year until … forever? What might help achieve this is something like House Resolution 2424, known as Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act.
Today 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House Committee on Agriculture passed HR 2424 by a unanimous vote:
“The fairs in downtown Washington represent the best of rural America and give our communities the opportunity to come together and better understand where our food and fiber come from. Fairs are also an economic opportunity for many of our rural communities by supporting thousands of jobs and giving farmers a way to promote their products, ”said representative Newhouse. “This is a step in the right direction for the recovery of our economy, and I hope we can maintain this momentum to pass this legislation in the House and the Senate.”. “
Representative Newhouse introduced the Agricultural Show Rescue Act to help preserve agricultural fairs across the country and make up for the devastating financial losses they have suffered due to COVID-19. It wasn’t just the Yakima Fair that was shut down by the pandemic last year and Newhouse believes the Agricultural Show Rescue Act will provide subsidies to agricultural fairs through state departments of agriculture. to keep them running and preserve them for the future.
How it works ?
The Farm Show Rescue Act authorizes $ 500 million in farm show salvage grants for agricultural shows, administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the US Department of Agriculture. AMS will provide grants to states or state departments of agriculture based on the drop in attendance these fairs experienced in 2020.
Mask warrants across the country could also reduce attendance at 2021 fairs.