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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


06.23.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer

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, "Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer. 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 first want t… Continue Reading


06.22.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Witnesses for Hearing Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer

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 witnesses for the Committee's upcoming hearing titled, "Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer." Please note the updated location for this hearing. Who: Mr. Justin Tupper, Vice President, United States Cattlemen's Association, St. Onge, SD Mr. Mark Gardiner, Partn… Continue Reading


06.18.21

Chairwoman Stabenow Congratulates Xochitl Torres Small on USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Nomination

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 President Joe Biden's intent to nominate Xochitl Torres Small to serve as Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "I am very pleased to see President Biden nominate Xochitl Torres Small for this important post. She was a champion for rural development, particularly expandi… Continue Reading


06.17.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Committee Hearing Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer

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, "Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer." Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Time: 2:30 PM ET Place: G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building ***The Committee will follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of… Continue Reading


06.08.21

Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Committee Vote on USDA General Counsel Nominee 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 Committee will hold a business meeting to vote on the nomination of Janie Simms Hipp, of Arkansas, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021 Time: 11:45 (at the conclusion of 11:30 vote) Place: S-216, President's Room Who: Janie Simms Hipp, of Arkansa… Continue Reading


06.08.21

Stabenow Cheers USDA Steps Toward Stronger Supply Chain

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) welcomed news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday that it will move to strengthen and protect the country's food and agricultural supply chain. Chairwoman Stabenow led the effort to secure $4 billion in funding for supply chain resilience in the American Rescue Plan. Late last month she sent a letter to USDA encouraging the Department to quickly put programs in place to pro… Continue Reading

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