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  • 114th Congress (2015-2016)

    Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Country of Origin Labeling

    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 on country-of-origin labeling (COOL). On Wednesday, Stabenow released a draft proposal that offers a pathway forward on COOL in the wake of the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling. Stabenow’s draft proposal would remove beef and por...

  • In Advance of Hearing, Ranking Member Stabenow Releases Proposal on Country of Origin Labeling

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –In advance of this week’s hearing, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry – today released a draft proposal that offers a pathway forward on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) in the wake of the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling. “This approach is a pathway to finding a solution on country of origin labeling,” Stabenow said. “COOL serves an important...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Subcommittee Passage of House Agriculture Appropriations 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 on Subcommittee passage of the House agriculture appropriations bill. “This bill shortchanges American agriculture, business owners, rural communities, and families by re-opening the Farm Bill to additional cuts,” Ranking Member Stabenow said. “This bill also undoes important reforms that help sa...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds New Report Showing Grow It Here, Make It Here Initiative Strengthens Economy, Supports Millions of American Jobs

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing the economic benefits of the biobased industry in the United States. The in-depth report, which Stabenow called for in her 2014 Farm Bill, found that four million American jobs are related to the biobased industry, contributing $369 billion to the economy. Additionally, U...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Announces Key Committee Staff Changes

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced key changes to Committee leadership. After serving with Stabenow since 2007, Staff Director Chris Adamo is headed to the White House Council on Environmental Quality to be Chief of Staff.  Replacing Adamo as Staff Director will be Joe Shultz who has served with the Committee since 2011 as Chief Economist.  Stabenow also announ...

  • Students to Congress: Eating Healthier Meals at School Makes Sense and Tastes Great!

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow – Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry – today attended an event featuring high school students from around the country cooking fresh, healthy meals for U.S. Senators. The recipes for the meals, created by the student chefs, follow both the budgets and USDA guidelines that their schools use to create healthy meals for students each day – including the use of whole grain-rich food...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on House Passage of CFTC Reauthorization Bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following statement following House passage Tuesday evening of legislation reauthorizing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). “The integrity of our financial markets is of the utmost importance. That’s why we need to work in a bipartisan way to ensure that the CFTC is equipped with the tools and resources it needs t...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Administration’s Efforts in Advance of 2015 Wildfire Season

    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 Administration’s efforts in advance of the 2015 wildfire season. “Today’s announcement provides a stark reminder of the importance of targeted and thoughtful policies to help protect our forested ‎communities from the devastation of wildfires,” Ranking Member Stabenow said. &ldqu...

  • Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Federal Grain Inspection Reauthorization

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a business meeting and passed the “U.S. Grains Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015,” which authorizes USDA’s Federal Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards and conduct inspection and weighing for a variety of grains and oilseeds. The Act was last reauthorized in 2005.   “This bipartisan legislation provides much needed transparency and pred...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds New USDA Policy Prioritizing Partnerships for Regional Development

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, applauded Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement that USDA will begin implementing a new Farm Bill policy making it easier for small towns and rural communities to come together to compete for federal grant funding.  The new Regional Development Priority (RDP) policy was included in Stabenow’s 2014 Farm Bill. “Michigan&r...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on World Trade Organization Ruling on COOL

    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 following the World Trade Organization ruling on country-of-origin labeling. "Consumers have a right to know where their food comes from, and that's why I support Country-of-Origin Labeling," Ranking Member Stabenow said. "I am closely reviewing today's WTO decision. If adjustments are needed, we should find a bip...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    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 Regulatory Issues Impacting End-Users and Market Liquidity.    Stabenow’s statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing regarding issues facing end-users. &n...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing Reviewing Crucial Child Nutrition Programs

    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 reviewing critical child nutrition programs.     Stabenow’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow.   Thank you Chairman Roberts for convening today’s hearing. I look forward to working with you – an...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Grain Standards Act

    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 reviewing the U.S. Grain Standards Act.  Stabenow’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing on the Grain Standards Act. And thank you to the officials and industry repr...

  • Ranking Member Stabenow Leads Successful Effort to Prevent Further Cuts to Agriculture Committee in Budget Conference Report

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today successfully defended the Agriculture Committee from further cuts in the budget conference report. Stabenow’s effort was supported by nearly 400 farm, conservation, and nutrition groups from around the country.  “There is not much to like with this budget, but at least the hard work and the reforms made by the Agriculture Committ...

  • Senator Stabenow Applauds New USDA Initiative to Help Farmers, Ranchers, and Foresters Address Threat of Climate Change

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded an announcement by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senior White House Advisor Brian Deese to help America’s farmers, ranchers, and foresters address the threat of climate change. The announcement was made on the campus of Michigan State University where President Obama signed Stabenow’s 2014 Far...

  • 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 –...