Minority News

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


05.04.21

Ranking Member Boozman Skeptical of Shifting Government “Carbon Bank” Concept

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, expressed skepticism about evolving concepts described as a "carbon bank" that fail to consider whether the secretary of agriculture has the authority to pursue such proposals without congressional authorization. "I appreciate the interest from food and agriculture organizations to develop proposals intended to provide for a greater role for agriculture in addres… Continue Reading


04.22.21

Boozman Applauds Bipartisan Efforts Leading to Committee Passage 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, applauded the bipartisan efforts that led to the Committee passage of the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021 (S.1251). The bill, introduced by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), aims to break down barriers for farmers, ranchers and foresters interested in participating in voluntary greenhouse gas credit markets. Boozman worked closely … Continue Reading


04.22.21

Opening Statement of Ranking Member John Boozman at Hearing to Consider the Nomination of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

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. Jewel Bronaugh to be deputy secretary of agriculture: Good morning. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Jewel Bronaugh to the Committee this morning as we consider her nomination to be deputy secretary of agriculture. Secretary Vilsack was confirmed a few weeks ago and w… Continue Reading


04.22.21

Opening Statement of Ranking Member John Boozman at Business Meeting to Consider S. 1251, the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021

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 business meeting to consider S. 1251, the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021: Thank you Chairwoman Stabenow and Senator Braun for your work to develop the Growing Climate Solutions Act. There has certainly been a lot of stakeholder interest in this legislation, which I have a great appreciation for, a… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Boozman Continues Push for Flexibility in School Nutrition Programs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, continued to advocate for more flexibility in school nutrition programs as the Committee begins the process to reauthorize federal child nutrition programs. "I have been a co-chair of the Senate Hunger Caucus for a number of years, so it is a priority of mine to see a child nutrition reauthorization bill cross the finish line. This hearing is the beginning of the pro… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Opening Statement of Ranking Member John Boozman at Child Nutrition Hearing

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 Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Healthy Meals and Healthy Futures: Thank you Chairwoman Stabenow for convening today's hearing. I want to thank all of our witnesses for their time and testimony today. I also want to thank you for the incredible work you have done over the past year duri… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Boozman: Potential PAYGO Cuts Should Give Pause to Idea of Tackling Climate Change Through Reconciliation

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, said the mandatory spending cuts that will result from the Democrats' massive $1.9T reconciliation package should give pause to the idea of using the same process to further increase deficit spending to address climate change. As Boozman recently highlighted, the Democrats' decision to use the budget reconciliation process risks triggering billions of dollars in auto… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Ranking Member Boozman Announces Agriculture Committee’s Republican Staff Roster

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced the Committee's Republican staff for the 117th Congress. "I am excited to move forward with this accomplished team as we work to advance policies that will grow the farm economy, modernize important nutrition programs and expand opportunities across rural America," Boozman said. The following list includes the titles, responsibilities and brief background… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Boozman Highlights Ag Community’s Efforts to Address Climate Change and Underscores How to Build from Successes

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, touted the progress American agriculture has made in reducing its environmental impact while stressing that new programs must be flexible, voluntary and farmer-focused. During the Senate Agriculture Committee's hearing on the efforts of farmers and foresters to lead in tackling climate change, Boozman highlighted how the agriculture community has tapped innovative st… Continue Reading


03.11.21

Opening Statement of Ranking Member John Boozman at Climate Change Hearing

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 Farmers and Foresters: Opportunities to Lead in Tackling Climate Change: Thank you Chairwoman Stabenow for setting the stage for this morning's hearing. I thank our witnesses for their time today. I appreciate your interest and commitment to finding solutions to numerous, complex challe… Continue Reading


03.10.21

Boozman, Senators from Rice Producing States Push for US-Specific Rice Tender with Iraq

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and senators from rice producing states are encouraging American and Iraqi officials to take steps to increase U.S. rice exports to Iraq. In separate letters to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Iraq's Ambassador to the U.S., the senators urged the issuance and implementation of a U.S.-specific rice tender under the terms of the Memorandum of … Continue Reading


03.03.21

Boozman Warns Reconciliation Bill Could Mean Massive Cuts in Farm Support Programs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, warned passage of the pending budget reconciliation bill could trigger massive cuts in farm support programs - potentially zeroing out all farm program spending over the next five years. As Senate Democrats rush to move their reconciliation bill, Boozman pointed to the possibility the legislation could result in automatic spending cuts under statutory pay-as-you-go (PAYG… Continue Reading


12.21.20

Chairman Roberts’ Priorities Included in Senate-Passed Omnibus Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today voted for the bipartisan fiscal year 2021 omnibus appropriations bill and the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill. The legislation includes approximately $26 billion for pandemic-related agriculture and nutrition programs. "I'm proud to cast one of my final votes in the Senate on behalf of America's farmers, ranchers, and growers," said Roberts. "This legislation … Continue Reading

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