Minority News

10.25.21

Ranking Member Boozman, Ag Committee GOP Members Call on Unilever to End Ben & Jerry’s BDS Efforts

WASHINGTON-Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) and a coalition of Republican members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry are calling on Unilever, as parent company of Ben & Jerry's, to end the ice cream maker's Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) efforts against Israel. Ben & Jerry's recently announced that it would not renew the contract it has with its Israeli licensee who refused to consent to the ice cream maker's demands to stop selling its products in the… Continue Reading


10.21.21

Ranking Members Boozman, Westerman Highlight Beneficial Impact Timber Industry Has in Arkansas During National Forest Product Week

WASHINGTON-In recognition of National Forest Products Week, U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman, ranking member on the House Committee on Natural Resources, are highlighting the tens of thousands of hardworking Arkansans employed by the industry, the billions it adds to the state's economy and the many benefits our properly managed forests bring to the Natural State. "We interac… Continue Reading


10.20.21

Ranking Member Boozman Announces Staff Addition

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced that Carley Esser will be joining as professional staff on the Republican side of the committee. Esser will manage Title I commodity programs and crop insurance. Prior to joining the committee, Esser served as a senior legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) where she handled the agriculture committee portfolio in additio… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Ranking Member Boozman’s Statement on USDA’s New Climate Initiative

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following statement after Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) pilot program to encourage continued producer involvement in addressing climate change:"The agriculture community has made great strides in adopting more sustainable production methods. Every farmer, rancher and forester I have spoken with wants to… Continue Reading


09.23.21

Boozman: USDA Report on Impact of Proposed Changes to Stepped-up Basis Disproves Administration’s Claims

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, welcomed the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) long-awaited analysis of changes to stepped-up basis as it disproves the Biden administration's claim that only two percent of family farms would be affected by its proposed changes. In fact, the report shows that changes would create a new tax burden on family farmers and ranchers who produce the majority of Americ… Continue Reading


09.20.21

Ranking Member Boozman Urges Ag Community to Keep Pushing Back on Biden Administration’s Tax Hikes

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, urged the agriculture community to continue to push back on the Biden administration's proposed tax increases on family farmers, ranchers and foresters and delivered a strong rebuke of Secretary Tom Vilsack's recent opinion piece in a letter to editor published in the Wall Street Journal. "While some congressional Democrats point to the House bill as the final word on the… Continue Reading


09.15.21

Ranking Member Boozman’s Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Milk Pricing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following opening remarks, as prepared, from the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and Security hearing entitled "Milk Pricing: Areas of Improvement and Reform": Thank you Madam Chair. I too would like to thank our witnesses for being here today, in person and virtually. The time you are spending away from your du… Continue Reading


09.14.21

Ranking Member Boozman: Democrat’s Tax & Spend Bill Leaves Animal Agriculture "Out in the Cold"

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, told senior industry leaders, policy makers and key thought leaders that the Democrat's tax and spend bill leaves animal agriculture "out in the cold" during his remarks at the "Sustainable Solutions for Zero Hunger by 2030" forum. "Just this week, House Democrats selected their winners and losers when it comes to climate policy as the agriculture portion of the part… Continue Reading


09.14.21

Ranking Member Boozman’s Remarks at the “Sustainable Solutions for Zero Hunger by 2030: A Vision for Animal Agriculture” Forum

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following remarks, as prepared, delivered at the "Sustainable Solutions for Zero Hunger by 2030: A Vision for Animal Agriculture" forum: "Good afternoon and thank you for inviting me to join today's event. The theme of this event-- Sustainable Solutions for Zero Hunger-- recognizes what I consider to be a critical component of the discussions on agricult… Continue Reading


09.13.21

House Disarray Over Ag Portion of Democrats’ Reckless Tax & Spend Bill Spotlights Broken Process

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following statement on the disarray over the agriculture portion of the Democrats' reckless tax and spend reconciliation bill in the House of Representatives: "The House Agriculture Committee's disastrous mark-up was a snapshot of all that is wrong with this partisan process. First, House Democrats hastily slapped together a bill that left $28 billion in con… Continue Reading


09.08.21

What They're Saying: Ranking Member Boozman Holds 2021 Annual Ag Tour

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, held his annual tour of Arkansas farms, ranches and agriculture operations provides him with an opportunity to highlight this incredibly important sector of the Natural State's economy as well as hear directly from the producers and stakeholders who help make Arkansas agriculture the dynamic, instrumental and robust industry. Here's how local media outlets and organizatio… Continue Reading


08.26.21

Ranking Member Boozman’s Annual Arkansas Agriculture Tour Kicks-off on Monday

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, is launching his annual Ag Tour next week. The senator will kick off the week-long highlight of Arkansas agriculture operations on Monday in Charleston and continue with stops at farms and facilities across the state.The Ag Tour is a cornerstone of the senator's August in-state work period, but this is the first time Boozman will be holding it as the lead Republican on th… Continue Reading


08.24.21

Ranking Member Boozman’s Statement on Announcement of Final Rule for Pandemic Relief Eligibility for Livestock, Poultry Contract Producers

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its long-awaited final rule making contract producers of livestock and poultry eligible for assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) 2."CFAP has been immensely helpful for farmers who had been hit hard by the disruptions COVID-19 brought on. Unfortunately, cont… Continue Reading


08.19.21

Ranking Members Boozman, Thompson Express Concern with EPA’s Departure from Regulatory Process with Key Crop Protection Tool

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and U.S. Representative Glenn "GT" Thompson, Ranking Member, House Committee on Agriculture released the following statement expressing concern with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) departure from its scientific and regulatory review process:"EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs has been the world's gold standard of scientific integrity and regulatory review stand… Continue Reading


08.13.21

Ranking Members Boozman, Thompson Urge GAO Review of USDA Thrifty Food Plan Scheme

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and U.S. Representative Glenn "GT" Thompson, Ranking Member, House Committee on Agriculture are asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct an analysis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) update of the Thrifty Food Plan.In a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, the Republican leaders ask GAO to research and report on the reevaluation of the… Continue Reading


08.10.21

Senate Agrees to Boozman Amendment Protecting Rural Americans’ Access to Affordable, Reliable Energy

WASHINGTON-The U.S. Senate adopted an amendment authored by Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, that prevents a ban on fossil fuels and supports access to affordable, reliable energy to power their farms, businesses and broadband networks in rural America."I appreciate my colleagues taking a stand for rural America by supporting my amendment rejecting this harmful mandate. The push to ban fossil fuels is yet another Biden a… Continue Reading


08.10.21

Boozman Introduces Amendment to Ensure Rural Americans Continue to Have Access to Affordable, Reliable Energy

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, introduced an amendment to the Democrats' reckless tax and spend bill to block attempts to ban fossil fuels which threaten rural communities' access to affordable, reliable energy to power their farms, businesses and broadband networks. "While we pursue smart, responsible approaches to create new forms of sustainable energy, we must avoid mandates that jeopardize the supp… Continue Reading


08.05.21

Ranking Member Boozman’s Opening Statement at Hearing to Consider the Nomination of Dr. Homer L. Wilkes to be Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following opening remarks, as prepared, from the hearing to consider the nomination of Dr. Homer L. Wilkes to be under secretary for natural resources and environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Good morning. Today we welcome Dr. Homer Wilkes from Mississippi, to the committee, as we consider his nomination to be under secretary for the… Continue Reading


08.04.21

Ranking Member Boozman Continues to Push Back on Reckless Spending That Threatens Family Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, continues to call on President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats to abandon their reckless tax and spending spree that leaves hardworking family farmers and ranchers to foot the bill. "These payfors would be devastating to American agriculture," Boozman said about the plans that would burden family farmers and ranchers while delivering remarks at the Senate Republican… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Boozman Applauds First U.S. Rice Sales to Iraq in Two Years

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following statement applauding the first U.S. rice sales to Iraq in two years: "These purchases are great news for our rice producers. I appreciate Ambassador Tueller's efforts that led to this breakthrough, as these sales are a win-win for both the Iraqi people and our American rice farmers." Background Potential changes in Iraq's rice tendering system rai… Continue Reading

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