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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


01.28.21

Incoming Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Agriculture Committee Agenda for the Beginning of the 117th Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), incoming Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced her agenda for the beginning of the 117th Congress. "From the ongoing pandemic to the devastating climate crisis - our farmers, families, and rural communities need help," said incoming Chairwoman Stabenow. "My vision for the Committee revitalizes our food and farm economy to grow new opportunities in American agriculture and provide acce… Continue Reading


01.27.21

Stabenow, Boozman Announce Hearing on Agriculture Secretary Nominee Tom Vilsack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Senators Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and John Boozman, R-Ark., today announced the Committee will hold a hearing to consider the nomination of Tom Vilsack to be Secretary of Agriculture. Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Time: 10:30 AM ET Place: 301 Russell Senate Office Building Who: The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack, of Iowa, to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture ***The Committee will follow guidelines developed in consult… Continue Reading


01.21.21

Senator Stabenow Statement on Acting CFTC Chair Behnam

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), incoming Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today issued the following statement after the Commission unanimously elected Rostin Behnam to serve as acting Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC): "The CFTC will be in excellent hands under Acting Chairman Behnam's leadership. "During his time as a Commissioner, I have been impressed by his proactive work to protect our economy… Continue Reading


01.18.21

Ranking Member Stabenow Congratulates Dr. Jewel Bronaugh on Agriculture Deputy Secretary Nomination

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, issued the following statement regarding President-elect Joe Biden's nomination of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh to serve as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "Dr. Bronaugh's background in farm services, research, and extension will bring a breadth of knowledge and experience to the Department." "As the first woman of color to se… Continue Reading


01.11.21

Ranking Member Stabenow Leads Advocates in Urging USDA to Prioritize Protections for Food Workers

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today joined leading agriculture and worker advocates to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement the bipartisan worker protection provisions in the COVID-19 assistance package. USDA recently announced an additional round of food boxes without taking action on important provisions to keep food workers safe and repair the persistent gaps in the food sup… Continue Reading


12.20.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Leads Bipartisan Effort to Secure Increases in Food Assistance, Support for Farmers in Final COVID-19 Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, partnered with Chairman Pat Roberts to successfully lead bipartisan negotiations to increase food assistance for families and provide help to farmers and food suppliers in the final COVID-19 package. The final bill includes a 15% increase in SNAP benefits and provides additional funding for food banks and senior nutrition programs. Along with her work to fight the… Continue Reading

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