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.
|07/28/2014||SCHUMER & GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE, AFTER THEIR PUSH, VILLAGE OF WESTFIELD IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY TO RECEIVE OVER $2.1 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WASTE- WATER TREATMENT PROJECT – PROJECT EXPECTED TO CREATE & RETAIN 150 JOBS|
|07/28/2014||SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND INTRODUCE SENATE BILL TO NAME MONROE POST OFFICE IN ORANGE COUNTY IN HONOR OF FALLEN CIA OFFICER GREGG DAVID WENZEL|
|07/28/2014||SEN. SCHUMER, REP. ISRAEL: DEPTS OF HOMELAND SECURITY, DEFENSE AND FAA MUST SWIFTLY STUDY IF AMERICAN PASSENGER PLANES SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH ANTI- MISSILE DEVICES TO PROTECT AGAINST MANPADS & SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES - TRAGIC ATTACK ON MH17 & CLOSE-CALLS NEAR TEL AVIV AIRPORT THIS WEEK RAISE SERIOUS RED FLAGS|
|07/28/2014||SCHUMER URGES FEDERAL USDA TO FUND NEW AND INNOVATIVE CORNELL UNIVERSITY VETS FARMING PROGRAM TO INCREASE TRAINING, RESOURCES FOR RETURNING VETS SEEKING TO START FARM-RELATED CAREERS|