Today, U.S. Senator Schumer announced that, after his push, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award organic composting firm Worm Power in Avon, NY with a $99,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant. These federal dollars will link Worm Power, Inc. with Cornell University's agricultural scientists to help the business develop an organic spray to coat seeds-to protect them from disease and help them grow larger as they germinate. Worm Power is a commercial earthworm composting company that takes animal waste from dairy cows, composts it, and uses an innovative process to feed the waste to millions of earthworms to create a fertilizer that doubles as a crop disease-preventing additive - a process referred to as "vermicomposting." The product this process generates eliminates the need for synthetic fungicides that can be harmful to the environment and consumers. In January 2014, Schumer toured the facility and launched his plan to secure federal grant dollars from the USDA to help Worm Power develop this new line of products and grow their business.
|11/24/2014||SCHUMER: EXPENSIVE LIRR COMMUTE SHOULD NOT ONLY BE SAFE AND ON-TIME, BUT MORE COMFORTABLE & CONVENIENT – URGES LIRR TO CONSULT CUSTOMERS & BRING SERIES OF CUSTOMER-FRIENDLY CHANGES TO NEW FLEET OF TRAINS AS THEY REVIEW DESIGN CHANGES|
|11/24/2014||SCHUMER URGES FED APPROPRIATORS TO FUND NAVAL REACTORS TRAINING PROGRAM AT HIGHEST POSSIBLE LEVEL FOR 2015 – $1.215 BILLION FUNDING REQUEST WOULD HELP KEEP KESSELRING SITE IN WEST MILTON & KNOLLS ATOMIC POWER LAB IN SCHENECTADY THRIVING|
|11/23/2014||SCHUMER: WITH AT LEAST THREE NEAR-MISSES BETWEEN DRONES & AIRCRAFT AT JFK IN LAST WEEK, COMMERCIAL DRONE USE HAS BECOME POTENTIALLY DEADLY – SENATOR CALLS ON OMB & FAA TO GET NEW DRONE REGULATIONS GET OUT THE DOOR ASAP|
|11/21/2014||SCHUMER ANNOUNCES THAT, AFTER HIS PUSH, LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE RESEARCH & REPORTING PROTOCOLS ON ‘SUDDEN DEATH IN THE YOUNG’ HAS JUST PASSED THE SENATE – CALLS ON HOUSE TO PASS BILL THAT HELPS PROVIDE ANSWERS FOR BUFFALO PARENTS & PREVENT FUTURE TRAGEDY|