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12.03.21

Stabenow, Thune Applaud USDA’s Announcement to Give Producers More Flexibility on Prevented Plant Acres

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency for implementing their recommendation to remove the arbitrary November 1 restriction for harvesting or grazing cover crops on prevented plant acres, which will give greater flexibility to producers in northern areas… Continue Reading


11.19.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds House Passage of Build Back Better Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, welcomed passage today of the Build Back Better Act by the U.S. House of Representatives. "The Build Back Better Act is all about lowering costs for American families and making critical investments to help us combat the climate crisis - especially in partnership with our farmers, ranchers, foresters and rural communities. It has been great working with Chairmen Davi… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on USDA Nominees Chavonda Jacobs-Young and Margo Schlanger

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing to consider the nominations of Chavonda J. Jacobs-Young to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics, and Margo Schlanger to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. Live video of the hearing is available here. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: I … Continue Reading


11.16.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Senate Confirmation of Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced that the U.S. Senate voted 76-19 to confirm Mr. Robert Bonnie to serve as Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. "Democratic and Republican members alike praise Mr. Bonnie's extensive credentials and commitment to tackling the climate crisis and boosting farm income at the same time. He is… Continue Reading


11.05.21

U.S. Senate Confirms Adrienne Wojciechowski to be Assistant Secretary of Congressional Relations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced that the U.S. Senate confirmed Adrienne Wojciechowski to be Assistant Secretary of Congressional Relations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "Adrienne brings extensive congressional and agricultural experience to her role as USDA Assistant Secretary of Congressional Relations. I look forward to work… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Senate Agriculture Committee Advances Behnam to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced that the Committee voted to advance Rostin Behnam as Chairman and Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Mr. Behnam has served as a Commissioner on the CFTC for the past four years and was nominated for a second term earlier this year. "The quick vote to move Mr. Behnam forward … Continue Reading


11.02.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Business Meeting to Vote on CFTC Chairman Nominee Rostin Behnam

WASHINGTON - Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced that the Committee will hold a business meeting to vote on the nomination of Rostin Behnam to be Chair and Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021 Time: 15 minutes after the first vote starts, as soon as a quorum is reached Please note: The first vote is cu… Continue Reading


10.29.21

Stabenow, Grassley, Tester and Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect American Agricultural Interests In Foreign Acquisitions

WASHINGTON - Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) along with their colleagues, Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), introduced legislation to give top U.S. agriculture and food officials permanent representation on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The bipartisan Food Security is National Security Act will also include new agriculture and food-related criteria for CFIUS to consider when reviewin… Continue Reading


10.28.21

Chairwoman Stabenow’s Statement on the Build Back Better Framework

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, today released the following statement and summary on President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Framework. "The Build Back Better Act grows jobs in rural communities and invests in solutions to the climate crisis to help strengthen our future," said Senator Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. "Build Bact Better scales up climate-smar… Continue Reading


10.27.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on CFTC Chair and Commissioner Nominee Rostin Behnam

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing to consider the nomination of Rostin Behnam to be Chair and Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Live video of the hearing is available here. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: I call to order today's hearing on the nomination of Mr. Rostin Behnam to become C… Continue Reading


10.25.21

What they’re saying about climate, agriculture and research in the Build Back Better Budget

WASHINGTON - The Build Back Better Budget contains essential investments in the ability of farmers, ranchers, and rural communities to lead in addressing the climate crisis, say hundreds of groups, businesses and individuals in letters to House and Senate leadership. The letters in support of the reconciliation package's work on climate-smart agriculture and research point to the impact of funding for programs that enable agricultural producers to scale up climate-smart practices on their operat… Continue Reading


10.25.21

What they’re saying about forestry investments in the Build Back Better Budget

WASHINGTON - The Build Back Better Budget contains comprehensive resources for our nation's forests, including historic investments in the ability of public and private forestland to provide cleaner air and water, sequester carbon, recover from wildfire, and support the communities and Americans that depend on them, say hundreds of forestry stakeholders and environmental advocates across the country. In letters submitted to Congressional leadership, these advocates point to the impact of funding… Continue Reading


10.20.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Committee Hearing on CFTC Chair and Commissioner Nominee Rostin Behnam

WASHINGTON - Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced that the Committee will hold a hearing to consider the nomination of Rostin Behnam to be Chair and Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Time: 10:00 AM ET Place: 216 Hart Senate Office Building Who: Rostin Behnam to be Chair and Commissioner of the Comm… Continue Reading


10.20.21

4-H Caucus Co-Chairs Praise Senate Passage of Resolution Supporting the Designation of National 4-H Week

WASHINGTON - The co-chairs of the Senate 4-H Caucus, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Boozman (R-AR), applauded Senate adoption of their resolution supporting the designation of "National 4-H Week." The resolution, introduced by Stabenow and Boozman, supports the designation of October 3 through October 9, 2021 as "National 4-H Week;" recognizes the important role of 4-H in youth development and education; and encourages all citizens to recognize 4-H for the significant impact the … Continue Reading


10.08.21

U.S. Senate Confirms Xochitl Torres Small to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced that the U.S. Senate confirmed Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development. "As Under Secretary for Rural Development, Xochitl Torres Small will build on her legacy as a champion for small towns and rural communities - much like the one she grew up in in … Continue Reading


09.29.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Issues Statement on the USDA’s Comprehensive Package of Investments to Target Urgent Challenges Facing Agriculture

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, issued the following statement following U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement to allocate $3 billion to tackle urgent challenges in agriculture, animal health, and nutrition. "I'm pleased USDA is using its resources to strengthen our food and farm supply chain. These investments address some of our most pressing challenges - from the climat… Continue Reading


09.23.21

Senate Agriculture Committee Advances Wilkes to be Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced that the Committee voted to advance Dr. Homer L. Wilkes to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. "The Natural Resources and Environment mission area is on the forefront of tackling the climate crisis." said Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow. "Dr. Wilkes is a dedicated public … Continue Reading


09.22.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Business Meeting to Vote on Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment Nominee Homer Wilkes

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced that the Committee will hold a business meeting to vote on the nomination of Dr. Homer L. Wilkes to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021 Time: In conjunction with the first floor vote at 10:00am Place: S-216, President's Room Agenda… Continue Reading


09.16.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Congratulates Margo Schlanger on USDA Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Nomination

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, issued the following statement regarding President Joe Biden's intent to nominate Margo Schlanger to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "I am so pleased that President Biden has nominated Michigan's own Margo Schlanger to be USDA Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights," said Chairwoman Stabenow. "Margo has been … Continue Reading


09.13.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Congratulates Commodity Futures Trading Commission Nominees

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, congratulated the White House's nominees to serve on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC): Mr. Rostin Behnam, Ms. Kristin Johnson, and Ms. Christy Goldsmith Romero. "It is great to see the nominations for these important CFTC positions, and I am so pleased to see Rostin Behnam nominated to lead the Commission," said Senator Stabenow. "I was very… Continue Reading

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