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03.25.21

At Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, Child Nutrition Experts Urge Action to Improve Child Health and Curb Hunger

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, held a hearing to discuss the child health and hunger crisis as the Committee begins its work on legislation to provide healthy food to children in need in the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization. "All parents want to see their children grow up to lead healthy and successful lives. One of the best ways to do that starts with the food on their plates. When… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Statement at Child Nutrition Hearing

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 titled "Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Healthy Meals and Healthy Futures." Live video of the hearing is available here. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: I call this hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to order. I'm pleased to be here t… Continue Reading


03.22.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Witnesses for Child Nutrition Hearing

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 witness for the Committee's upcoming hearing titled, "Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Healthy Meals and Healthy Futures." Who: Dr. Lee Savio Beers, President, American Academy of Pediatrics, Washington, DC Mr. Reynaldo Green, Vice-President, Nutrition and Family Well-Being, Quality Care for Children, … Continue Reading


03.18.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Child Nutrition Hearing

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 titled, "Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Healthy Meals and Healthy Futures." Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021 Time: 9:30 AM ET UPDATED LOCATION: 301 Russell Senate Office Building ***The Committee will follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office o… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Plant 1.2 Billion Trees on National Forests

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and U.S. Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), introduced the Repairing Existing Public Land by Adding Necessary Trees Act, known as the REPLANT Act, to help the U.S. Forest Service plant 1.2 billion trees on national forests and create nearly 49,000 jobs over the next ten years. "Restoring our natio… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Significant Expansion in Regional Conservation Partnerships

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement of $75 million through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program's Alternative Funding Arrangements. The arrangements, authored by Chairwoman Stabenow in the 2018 Farm Bill, improve flexibility for local partners to work closely with farmers on innovative projects. "In the Farm Bill, I c… Continue Reading


03.15.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Congratulates Janie Hipp on USDA General Counsel 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 Janie Hipp to serve as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "Janie Hipp has a strong track record as a legal expert with decades of experience working with beginning farmers and strengthening rural and Tribal communities. I look forward to learning more about h… Continue Reading


03.15.21

Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders Announce Subcommittee Assignments for 117th Congress

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 the new Subcommittee assignments for the 117th Congress. The Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade oversees matters regarding production agriculture, including commodity programs, crop insurance, commodity exchanges, agriculture trade, international food assistance, and credit. Sen. Wa… Continue Reading


03.11.21

At Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing, Farmers and Foresters Urge Solutions to the Climate Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, held a hearing to discuss how farmers, ranchers, and foresters can be a part of the solution to the climate crisis. "The climate crisis might seem insurmountable, but our farmers and foresters are an important part of the solution," Chairwoman Stabenow said in her opening statement. "Whether it's a corn and soybean grower planting cover crops after harves… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Statement at Climate Change Hearing

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 titled "Farmers and Foresters: Opportunities to Lead in Tackling Climate Change." Live video of the hearing is available here. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: I call this hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to order. This is the first h… Continue Reading


03.08.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Witnesses for Climate Change Hearing

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 witness for the Committee's upcoming hearing titled, "Farmers and Foresters: Opportunities to Lead in Tackling Climate Change." Who: Mrs. Cori Wittman Stitt, Farmer Advisor, Environmental Defense Fund, Lapwai, ID Mrs. Stefanie Smallhouse, President, Arizona Farm Bureau Federation, Gilbert, AZ Mr. John… Continue Reading


03.06.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Senate Passage of the American Rescue Plan Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statement on Senate passage of the American Rescue Plan Act: "We are one step closer to providing the bold assistance needed to help farmers, families, and rural communities get back on track and survive this pandemic. "With over 50 million families experiencing a hunger crisis, I was pleased to lead the effort to ensure the bill he… Continue Reading


03.03.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Climate Change Hearing

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 titled, "Farmers and Foresters: Opportunities to Lead in Tackling Climate Change." Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 Time: 10:15 AM ET Place: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building ***The Committee will follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of the… Continue Reading


02.27.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds House Passage of the American Rescue Plan Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded the passage of the food, agriculture, and rural provisions in the latest COVID-19 assistance package. "The House bill includes bold provisions to feed children and families, bolster the food supply chain, address discrimination for farmers of color, and strengthen rural healthcare providers," said Chairwoman Stabenow. "We need to quickly pass the… Continue Reading


02.23.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Senate Confirmation of Secretary Vilsack

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 92-7 to confirm Tom Vilsack to serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. "After an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, Secretary Vilsack can now get to work and help our farmers, families, and rural communities," said Chairwoman Stabenow. "I look forward to partnering with him to add… Continue Reading


02.23.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Senate Confirmation of Secretary Vilsack

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 92-7 to confirm Tom Vilsack to serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. "After an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, Secretary Vilsack can now get to work and help our farmers, families, and rural communities," said Chairwoman Stabenow. "I look forward to partnering with him to add… Continue Reading


02.10.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Helps Secure Food, Agriculture, and Rural Investments in the COVID-19 Assistance Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding the food, agriculture, and rural provisions in the latest COVID-19 assistance package, which strengthens the food supply chain, addresses the hunger crisis, supports farmers of color, and invests in rural hospitals. "We need to take bold action to get farmers, families, and rural communities the help they need to w… Continue Reading


02.03.21

Senator Stabenow to Chair Senate Agriculture Committee, Announces Majority Committee Members

WASHINGTON - As Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry for the 117th Congress, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced the majority members of the committee. "I am honored to once again serve as Chairwoman of the Committee at such an important time, and I'm ready to get to work," said Chairwoman Stabenow. "I'm pleased to be joined by 10 colleagues on the majority side, including our new members Senators Booker, Luján, and Warnock. I look … Continue Reading


02.02.21

Senate Agriculture Committee Advances Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), incoming Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced the Committee voted to favorably report former Secretary Tom Vilsack to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack may now be considered by the full U.S. Senate for confirmation. "We are one step closer to confirming Secretary Vilsack so he can get to work at USDA," said incoming Chairwoman Stabenow. "Secretary Vilsack has the experience a… Continue Reading


02.02.21

Incoming Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing to Consider Agriculture Secretary Nominee Tom Vilsack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), incoming Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing to consider former Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Live video of the hearing is available here. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you Senator Boozman. Even though the Senate is still finalizing the formal organizing of our Committe… Continue Reading

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