The fair is up now and … well, hopefully, every year until … forever? What could help make this happen is something like Resolution 2424 of the House known as the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act.
Today 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House Agriculture Committee unanimously passed HR 2424:
â€œCentral Washington trade shows represent the best of rural America and give our communities an opportunity to come together and better understand where our food and fiber comes from. Trade shows also provide a business opportunity for many of our rural communities by supporting thousands of jobs and allowing farmers to promote their products, “said Rep. Newhouse. â€œThis is a step in the right direction for our economy to recover, and I hope we can maintain this momentum to get this bill passed in the House and Senate. “
Rep. Newhouse instituted the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act to preserve agricultural fairs across the country and make up for the devastating financial losses they 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 Fairs Rescue Act will provide grants for agricultural fairs through state departments of agriculture to keep them functional and sustainable for the future.
How does it work?
The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act approves $ 500 million in agricultural fair rescue aid for agricultural fairs administered by the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The AMS will grant grants to states or state ministries of agriculture based on the loss of visitors to these fairs in 2020.
Mask requirements across the country can also put a spanner in the works at the trade fairs in 2021.