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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


08.25.21

USDA Establishes Dairy Donation Program

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2021--- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh today announced the establishment of a $400 million Dairy Donation Program (DDP) on a call with Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow. The DDP, established by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, aims to facilitate timely dairy product donations while reducing food waste. The establishment of DDP is part of $6 bill… Continue Reading


08.16.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Issues Statement on the USDA Update of the Thrifty Food Plan

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 on the release of U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) reevaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, as required under the 2018 Farm Bill. "We can all agree that the world is much different today than it was in 1975 when the Thrifty Food Plan was last updated. Congress recognized this and that is why the 2018 Farm Bill required … Continue Reading


08.11.21

U.S. Senate Confirms Moffitt for Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs

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 Ms. Jenny L. Moffitt to serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. "Under Secretary Moffitt brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective as both a farmer and a policy maker," said Chairwoman Stabenow. "I look forward to working … Continue Reading


08.10.21

Senate Agriculture Committee Advances Torres Small and Bonnie to be Under Secretaries 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 Committee voted to advance Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development and Mr. Robert Bonnie to be Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. "I'm pleased we're making progress on getting Secretary Vilsack's team in place," said Chairw… Continue Reading


08.05.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment Nominee Homer Wilkes

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 Dr. Homer L. Wilkes to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. Live video of the hearing is available here. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Good Morning. I call today's hearing of the Senate Committee on Agricultur… Continue Reading


07.31.21

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Boozman Welcome Senate Confirmation of USDA General Counsel Janie Hipp

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 Janie Hipp by voice vote to serve as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "Throughout the process, Janie proved she is an exceptional candidate to lead the Office of General Counsel at USDA," said Chairwoman Stabenow. "Her experience and her leadership ha… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Committee Hearing 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 hearing to consider the nomination of Dr. Homer L. Wilkes to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 Time: 10:00 AM ET Place: 301 Russell Senate Office Building Who: Dr. Homer L. Wilkes to be Under Secretary… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on USDA Nominees Xochitl Torres Small and Robert Bonnie

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 Xochitl Torres Small to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development and Robert F. Bonnie to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation. Live video of the hearing is available here. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, foll… Continue Reading


07.26.21

Senate Agriculture Committee Advances Moffitt for Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs

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 Senate Agriculture Committee voted by voice vote to advance Ms. Jennifer L. Moffitt to serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Ms. Moffitt may now be considered by the full U.S. Senate for confirmation. "Ms. Moffitt has broad support across farm and food gr… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Committee Vote on Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Nominee Jennifer Moffitt

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 Jennifer L. Moffitt to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Date: Monday, July 26, 2021 Time: In conjunction with the 5:30 pm vote Place: S-216, President's Room Who: Jennifer L. Moffitt to… Continue Reading


07.22.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Committee Hearing on USDA Nominees Xochitl Torres Small and 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 Committee will hold a hearing to consider the nominations of Xochitl Torres Small to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development and Robert F. Bonnie to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation. Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 Time: 10:00 AM ET Place: G5… Continue Reading


07.15.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Nominee Jennifer Moffitt

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 Jennifer L. Moffitt to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Live video of the hearing is available here. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Good morning and welcome to this hearing to review the nomination of Jenny… Continue Reading


06.30.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Former Secretary Perdue’s Financial Disclosures

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 regarding The Washington Post's story on former U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue's financial disclosures. "The findings from The Washington Post article are deeply concerning. I've already called on the Office of Government Ethics to review this situation, and believe that they should expedite thei… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Growing Climate Solutions Act Passes U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Senate passed the Growing Climate Solutions Act, legislation that will help farmers, ranchers, and foresters understand and access carbon markets, helping the environment and boosting farm income at the same time. The legislation, introduced by U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) and Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), joined by U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and co-sponsored by more than half the Senate, helps produ… Continue Reading

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