Minority News

02.17.17

Senator Stabenow Seeks Information from USDA After Removal of Animal Welfare Records

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, wrote Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Young to gather information regarding the recent removal of animal welfare data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. On February 3, 2017, USDA removed thousands of records containing important information about compliance to animal welfare laws from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection S… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Crapo, Stabenow Bill will Spur Rail Investment

WASHINGTON - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow have introduced the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy, or BRACE Act, which would make permanent a critical tax credit used to repair and upgrade short line railroads. "Our agriculture communities rely on small business freight railroads to connect their products to markets across nation and around the globe," said Crapo. "These are crucial economic corridors that serve our communities across the nation.… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Senator Stabenow Statement after Meeting with Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following statement after meeting with former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, President Trump's nominee for Agriculture Secretary to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): "Governor Perdue and I met and had a productive conversation about his priorities and vision for the Department of Agriculture," said Senator Stabenow. "As Michigan's sec… Continue Reading


01.19.17

Stabenow Statement on the Nomination of Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following statement regarding President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for Agriculture Secretary to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): "Today, we have finally received a nomination for Agriculture Secretary, a critically important position that ensures the strength and vitality of American agric… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Stabenow Statement on USDA’s Final Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) final rule on organic livestock and poultry production standards: "I am disappointed that USDA's rule on organic livestock practices did not address many of my concerns about animal health, consumer organic prices and access, or the impact on organic producers. While I support high … Continue Reading


01.12.17

Senator Stabenow Statement on House Bill to Reauthorize the CFTC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, released the following statement after House passage Thursday evening of legislation reauthorizing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). "Providing the CFTC with urgently needed resources is a critical first step to ensure fair, transparent, and competitive derivatives markets for all market participants, including our nation's farmers and ranchers. The Ho… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Stabenow Announces New Hires

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today announced new staff selections to the Committee. Joe Shultz will continue to serve as Staff Director and Jacqlyn Schneider will continue as Deputy Staff Director/Policy Director for the Committee. "As we head into the new Congress, I'm excited to announce these additions to the Agriculture Committee," said Stabenow. "Each member of this team understands the cha… Continue Reading


12.20.16

Stabenow Statement on Senator-Elect Chris Van Hollen’s Appointment to Serve on Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released a statement on the appointment of Senator-Elect Chris Van Hollen to serve on the Committee: "I am excited to welcome Senator-Elect Chris Van Hollen to our Committee, bringing to ten the number of Democrats serving together," said Ranking Member Stabenow. "Chris has been a champion for the diverse needs of his state, including efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay as part… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Senator Stabenow Statement on Nomination of Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released a statement on President-Elect Donald Trump's nomination of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency: "I am deeply concerned by the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The next EPA Administrator should be someone we can trust to protect the Great Lakes and the health of M… Continue Reading


12.05.16

Stabenow Statement on CFTC Position Limits Reproposal

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released a statement on the decision by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to repropose the position limits rule: "I am disappointed that the CFTC is not finalizing the position limits rule in its entirety this year - nearly six years after the CFTC first proposed a rule. Position limits are a critical tool for the CFTC to ensure that Americans are not paying too much… Continue Reading


09.26.16

Senator Stabenow Announces the Urban Agriculture Act of 2016

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the most comprehensive urban agriculture bill to be introduced in Congress. The Urban Agriculture Act of 2016 will help create new economic opportunities, giving Michigan families greater access to healthy food and creating a healthier environment in cities and towns across our state. The legislation addresses the unique needs of urban farmers by investing new resources an… Continue Reading


09.21.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing with U.S. Department of Agriculture on the Current State of the Farm Economy

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's full committee hearing with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the Current State of the Farm Economy. ### Thank you Chairman Roberts. I am proud of the bipartisan work we have done together this Congress. We reauthorized the Grain Standards Act, mandatory price reporting, and the National Forest F… Continue Reading


09.13.16

Stabenow Statement On Obama Administration Announcement of Trade Case against China

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement on the Obama Administration's announcement of a trade enforcement case against China for domestic subsidies of wheat, corn, and rice that may have violated its WTO commitments: "In today's global economy, we need to hold countries like China accountable for anti-competitive trade practices that hurt American farmers and businesses. I applaud… Continue Reading


09.13.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Business Meeting on Forest Service Budget and Forestry Reform

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's business meeting to consider H.R. 2647. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. ### Thank you Mr. Chairman, This Committee has a long and proud history debating and legislating on matters critical to our nation's public and private forests. Today's mark-up builds on that tradi… Continue Reading


07.07.16

Stabenow Applauds Senate Passage of Mandatory, Nationwide GMO Labeling Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statement following Senate passage of legislation that would require the first mandatory, nationwide label for food products containing genetically modified organisms - more commonly known as GMOs. "Today marks a significant milestone in the fight for a more transparent food system," Stabenow said. "This bipartisan bill ensures that… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Stabenow: Bipartisan Agreement is Win for Consumers, Establishes First Mandatory, Nationwide Label for GMO Foods While Providing Certainty, Uniformity for the Food Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced that she has reached a bipartisan agreement with Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) on legislation that would require the first mandatory, nationwide label for food products containing genetically modified organisms - more commonly known as GMOs. "This bipartisan bill is a win for consumers and families," Stabenow said. "For the first time ev… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing Reviewing the U.S. Livestock, Poultry Sectors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing entitled: A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace Opportunities and Challenges. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you, Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing on the state of the livestock industry. I would a… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Following Call by Stabenow, USDA to Join Treasury Department Panel Reviewing ChemChina’s Proposed Acquisition of Syngenta

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded news - first reported by Reuters on Tuesday citing several sources familiar with the matter - that the United States Department of Agriculture will join the U.S. Treasury Department's panel reviewing China National Chemical Corporation's (ChemChina) proposed acquisition of Syngenta. "Based on reports in Reuters and other news outlets, I underst… Continue Reading


05.19.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Farm Credit System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing entitled: The Farm Credit System: Oversight and Outlook of the Current Economic Climate. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And thank you to our witnesses - as well as the leaders from the Farm Credit Administration, it is… Continue Reading


05.18.16

Stabenow Statement on House Committee Passage of Child Nutrition Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement on House Education and Workforce Committee passage of its child nutrition reauthorization bill. "Historically, child nutrition has not been a partisan issue. It still isn't partisan in the Senate. I'm disappointed that House Republicans ignored nearly ever group involved in child nutrition - from school food servic… Continue Reading

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