Minority News

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


07.29.21

Ranking Member Boozman Opening Statement at Hearing to Consider the Nominations of Xochitl Torres Small and Robert Bonnie

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 nominations of Xochitl Torres Small, to be under secretary for rural development, and Robert Bonnie, to be under secretary for farm production and conservation at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):Good morning. Today we welcome former Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small, the … Continue Reading


07.28.21

Boozman Praises House Ag Committee Passage of WHIP+ Extension

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, issued the following statement in support of the House Agriculture Committee's passage of an extension of the Wildfire Hurricane Indemnity Program (WHIP+) disaster program for 2020 and 2021 losses: "I commend the House Ag Committee for passing an extension of WHIP+ for 2020 and 2021 losses. In 2020, producers faced drought, wildfires and a derecho that devastated… Continue Reading


07.26.21

Boozman Statement on Swearing-in of Forest Service Chief Randy Moore

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, issued the following statement on Randy Moore's swearing-in as the 20th chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Forest Service: "Randy Moore has the experience necessary to take the helm of the Forest Service as we enter what could be another record fire season. His success in mitigating and responding to wildland fire in the Pacific Southwest Region wi… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Boozman, Ag Committee Republicans Sound the Alarm on Devastating Impact Democrats’ Reckless Tax & Spend Agenda Will Have on Rural America

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led a group of his colleagues in a series of speeches on the Senate floor that highlighted the detrimental impact that the Democrats' reckless tax and spend agenda will have on family farmers, ranchers and rural America. Boozman spoke in opposition to the Democrats' proposal to levy tax increases on family farmers and ranchers to pay for massive new federal spendin… Continue Reading


07.15.21

Ranking Member Boozman Opening Statement at Hearing on the Nomination of Jennifer Lester Moffitt to be Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs

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 Jennifer Lester Moffitt to be under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Good morning. I am pleased to welcome Jennifer Lester Moffitt to the committee as we consider her nomination to be under secretary for mar… Continue Reading


07.06.21

Ranking Member Boozman’s Statement on Signing of CFTC Whistleblower Office Funding Fix

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following statement on the signing of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Fund Management Act (S.409): "The CFTC's Office of the Whistleblower is vital to our efforts to uncover and enforce violations of the Commodity Exchange Act. If it were unable to function, our ability to hold violators accountable would be significantly diminished. By … Continue Reading


06.24.21

Boozman Speaks on Senate Floor in Support of Growing Climate Solutions Act

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, delivered the following remarks in support of the Growing Climate Solutions Act: Watch Ranking Member Boozman's floor speech Madame President,Our farmers, ranchers and foresters are the greatest stewards of the land, and many have been working for a long time to preserve natural resources and protect the environment through on-farm practices.And now, more than e… Continue Reading


06.23.21

Opening Statement of Ranking Member John Boozman at the Hearing Entitled Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer

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 entitled "Examining Markets, Transparency, and Prices from Cattle Producer to Consumer": Thank you Chairwoman Stabenow for setting the stage for this afternoon's hearing. The topic we are here to learn more about is very important to a number of senators both on and off this committee. The U.S. … Continue Reading


06.15.21

Republican Ag Committee Leadership Announces Release of Study Confirming Devastating Impact of Inheritance Tax Code Changes on Family Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON-The Republican leaders of the agriculture committees in Congress are highlighting a new study that confirms Democrats' proposed changes to taxes on inherited property will have a devastating impact on the next generation of family farmers and ranchers.Senator John Boozman, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Ranking Member, House Committee on Agriculture, requested the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AF… Continue Reading


06.14.21

ICYMI: Sen. John Boozman on Fox News Opinion: Biden's tax increases – farmers, ranchers take unfair hit in American Families Plan

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, authored an opinion piece published on Fox News Opinion that scrutinizes the Biden administration's claim that only a small percentage of family farms and ranches will be impacted by the president's proposed tax increases. Boozman's op-ed is available here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/biden-tax-increases-farmers-ranchers-hit-sen-john-boozman Sen. John Boozman… Continue Reading


06.11.21

Ranking Member Boozman Announces Staff Director Change for Republican Side

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced that Fitzhugh Elder IV will succeed Martha Scott Poindexter as staff director for the Republican side of the committee after Poindexter steps down at the end of the month to assume the role of chief operating officer at the U.S. Dairy Export Council."I can't thank Martha Scott enough for her contributions during her tenure. Her guidance and counsel have bee… Continue Reading


06.10.21

Boozman, Leahy Introduce Bill to Make Summer Meal Programs More Flexible

WASHINGTON-A bipartisan group of senators are proposing to apply lessons learned from the pandemic to existing child nutrition programs to make them more efficient, flexible and better equipped to reach children in need during the summer months.Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act to add flexibility to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which offers children free lunch and snacks in the s… Continue Reading


05.28.21

ICYMI: Republican Ag Committee Members’ Call on USDA for Details on Proposed Tax Increase Impact

WASHINGTON-Republican members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry are increasing pressure on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support its claim that less than two percent of family farms and ranches will be impacted by the Biden administration's proposed tax increases. U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), the committee's ranking member, and seven other Republican members of the committee have requested U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack provide a… Continue Reading


05.27.21

Opening Statement of Ranking Member John Boozman at Hearing to Consider the Nomination of Janie Simms Hipp, of Arkansas, to be General Counsel at USDA

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 Janie Simms Hipp to be general counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Good morning. I am pleased to welcome Janie Simms Hipp to the committee as we consider her nomination to be general counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ms. Hipp, if confir… Continue Reading


05.25.21

Republican Ag Committee Members Call on USDA to Release Details on Impact of Proposed Tax Increases

WASHINGTON-Republican members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry are calling on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to make public a detailed explanation and any supporting economic analyses that clarifies how the Biden administration's proposed tax increases will affect farm estates. U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), the committee's ranking member, authored a letter to Secretary Vilsack that questions the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) analysis … Continue Reading


05.20.21

Boozman Highlights Benefits of Proper Forest Management and a Vibrant Wood Products Industry in Promoting a Healthy Environment

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, highlighted the important role the forestry sector plays in addressing climate change and how Congress can build on the sector's successes by encouraging proper management of private and public forests. During a hearing on the forestry sector and climate change, Boozman said that the wood products industries have "a great story to tell when it comes to the numerous… Continue Reading


05.20.21

Opening Statement of Ranking Member John Boozman at the Hearing Entitled Federal, State, and Private Forestlands: Opportunities for Addressing Climate Change

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 entitled Federal, State, and Private Forestlands: Opportunities for Addressing Climate Change: Thank you Chairwoman Stabenow for your interest and commitment in continuing this important conversation focusing on the forestry sector. I appreciate the collaboration for today's hearing, and I thank … Continue Reading

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