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.
|11/21/2014||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|
|11/21/2014||SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, HIGGINS, COLLINS URGE USDA TO IMMEDIATELY CONDUCT DAMAGE ASSESSMENT OF IMPACT OF HISTORIC SNOWSTORM ON WNY FARMS – URGES USDA TO PROVIDE ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO UPSTATE FARMERS IMPACTED BY DEVASTATING SNOWFALL|
|11/21/2014||SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, FEDS HAVE APPROVED LONG-AWAITED RUNWAY EXTENSION AT OGDENSBURG AIRPORT – LONGER RUNWAY WILL HELP NEW ALLEGIANT AIR FLIGHTS LAND; COULD ADD TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PASSENGERS PER YEAR & TURN AIRPORT INTO REGIONAL LEADER|
|11/20/2014||SCHUMER: BRENDA SANNES UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMED BY SENATE TO BE SECOND-EVER WOMAN TO SERVE ON FEDERAL BENCH IN SYRACUSE; SCHUMER RECOMMENDED SANNES FOR POSITION|