SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell toured a Washington State University agricultural research lab on Friday and visited a Mead High School to highlight new programs in the new Farm Bill.
Cantwell will focus on programs that support Eastern Washington’s farm business in pulse crops such as peas, lentils and chickpeas. The Farm Bill invests in research and in bringing more peas and lentils into school meals.
At Mead High School, Cantwell heard from school officials and nutrition experts about the school district’s effort to bring legumes, garbanzo beans and hummus into school lunches.
The Senator authored the Pulse School Pilot provision that will provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture $10 million through 2017 to purchase pulse crops to use in school breakfasts and lunches.
In Pullman, Cantwell toured an agricultural lab on WSU’s campus that focuses research on legumes and wheat. She talked with researchers, farmers and university officials about how research supported by the Farm Bill helps Eastern Washington’s agriculture industry.
The Farm Bill was signed into law February 7.