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  • 114th Congress (2015-2016)

    Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing Examining Opportunities, Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 hearing entitled “Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba.” In February 2015, Stabenow joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introducing legislation that would lift the more than 50-year-long Cuban trade embargo. The F...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Named to Budget Conference Committee

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, was appointed to the joint Senate-House conference committee to finalize the Budget Resolution.  Stabenow is a senior member of the Senate Committee on the Budget. “With American agriculture supporting nearly 16 million jobs, it’s imperative that this budget not undermine the economic certainty that a five year Farm Bill provides farme...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Waters of the United States Proposed Rule

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 hearing entitled “Waters of the United States: Stakeholder Perspectives on the Impacts of EPA’s Proposed Rule.” Stabenow’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. For more than 40 years, the Clean Wate...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Senate Confirmation of Farm Credit Administration Nominees

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded Senate confirmation of Dallas Tonsager and Jeffrey Hall to the board of the Farm Credit Administration (FCA). The nominees were confirmed by voice vote. “The Farm Credit System supports rural communities in all corners of the country,” said Stabenow. “I look forward to working with both Mr. Tonsager and Mr. Hall –...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Proposal to Expand Federal Crop Insurance to Fruit and Vegetable Farmers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for proposing new rules that expand risk management tools to specialty crop and underserved producers currently unable to find or afford insurance coverage. Today’s announcement builds on efforts in Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill that reforms USDA’s process for developing new crop ins...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation with USDA Secretary Vilsack

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 hearing entitled “The Agricultural Act of 2014 – Implementation after One Year and Farm Credit Administration Nominees.” The hearing featured three panels, including testimony from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Michael DeRuiter, a third-g...

  • Agriculture Ranking Member Stabenow Announces Bipartisan Legislation Lifting Cuban Trade Embargo

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced her sponsorship of bipartisan legislation that would lift the more than 50-year-long Cuban trade embargo. In January, Stabenow went to Cuba as part of a congressional delegation seeking to normalize trade relations between the countries. That visit marked Stabenow’s second visit to the nation. "Lifting the Cuban trade embargo repre...

  • Senator Stabenow Statement on Passing of Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins

    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 statement on the passing of Toledo, Ohio Mayor D. Michael Collins. “I am saddened to hear about the passing of Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins. Mayor Collins was a champion for the City of Toledo and his leadership will be missed. I had the pleasure of seeing Mayor Collins in December when he testified before the Senat...

  • Senator Stabenow’s Statement on One-Year Anniversary of the Farm Bill

    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 statement in advance of the one-year anniversary of the 2014 Farm Bill signing. On February 4, 2014, the Senate passed the bipartisan bill 68-32, sending the legislation to President Obama for his signature. On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law at Michigan State University. “One year ago t...

  • Senator Stabenow: Historic Investment Marks the Start of a New Era in Water Conservation

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry joined U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden, along with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, to highlight a historic $17.5 million Lake Erie investment made possible by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program is a new, innovative conservation in...

  • Senator Stabenow Announces $370 Million Farm Bill Investment to Preserve Water Quality, Environment

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced that over 100 projects will receive a historic $370 million through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program – a new, innovative conservation initiative in the 2014 Farm Bill. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program uses diverse public-private partnerships to achieve conservation goals at local and community levels. Sen. Stabenow joined U.S. Secretary of Ag...