• Designed and provided the legislative strategy for an alternative energy symposium to be held in 2011 that will include representatives from labor, industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), along with Members of Congress and their congressional staffers.
  • Instrumental in the development and passage of a "safety net" for dairy producers known as the Milk Income Loss Payment (MILC) program, which has contributed over $760 million in payments to Northeast dairy farmers during periods of low farm milk prices.
  • Assisted in developing the very first "feed adjustor" provision that was included in the MILC program in the 2008 Farm Bill to take into account higher feed costs for dairy producers in calculating their monthly MILC payments.
  • We assisted a national independent medical evaluation company in receiving a statewide contract to perform services for the State’s Workers’ Insurance Fund (SWIF).
  • Successful in obtaining a Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment (DELAP) program to provide additional economic benefits to dairy farmers in the Northeast when farm milk prices reached historic lows during 2009. Payments to Northeast dairy producers accounted for $63 million in additional safety net income.
  • Assisted in obtaining $60 million for the purchase of commercial cheese from the domestic market for the use of Food Banks and Food Pantries in supplementing their nutrition programs for the needy. Reducing the commercial inventory of cheese also helped to increase farm milk prices.
  • Helped to spearhead efforts to increase funding for USDA farm loan programs in order to give farmers the option of restructuring their loans during tough economic times.
  • Advised a national science museum on securing additional federal money through the Department of Interior, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts.
  • We urged the Northeast Congressional delegation to meet with the Secretary of Agriculture during the height of the 2009 farm milk price crisis to request a series of actions to bolster milk prices, such as raising the federal support price for cheese and powder and re-instituting the Dairy Export Incentive Program to increase dairy exporting.
  • We are involved in the development of the dairy provisions for the 2012 Farm Bill which will include improving the safety net for dairy producers, federal milk marketing order reform, and a production management program to help mitigate future price volatility.
  • Crafted a successful legislative strategy that enabled an emerging bioscience incubator laboratory to receive funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH’s) CURES Program for translational health.
  • Involved in the development and continued funding for the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, which provides farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural interests across the U.S. with technical information and assistance on: renewable farm energy; the development and marketing of value added agricultural products; the use of farming practices that will reduce costs to farmers, while at the same time provide environmental benefits. It is the only national service of its kind and since its inception Gray & Oscar have helped secure over $40 million in funding for the program.
  • Helped secure a major, first-of-its-kind Agricultural Organic Initiative in the 2008 Farm Bill that would provide incentives for farmers to become certified organic producers. So far $75 million has been allocated by USDA's National Resource Conservation Service for this program.
  • We established an effective partnership between an emerging medical device company and the Department of Veterans Affair’s Safe Patient Handling Initiative.
  • Drafted and obtained an amendment in the federal Child Nutrition Act legislation that established an Organic Pilot Program in school lunch nutrition program.
  • Developed a private non-profit program called the Northeast Energy and Environment Dairy Systems (NEEDS) program that will evaluate new and emerging technologies for converting animal manure into renewable energy and at the same time reducing nitrogen and phosphors runoff from livestock operations.
  • We drafted a legislative pilot program with the Department of Labor (DOL)’s Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP) for a national medical company.
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