Minority News

12.01.21

Ranking Member Boozman Announces New Policy Director 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 Chelsie Keys has been promoted to policy director for the Republican side of the committee. In this role, Keys will lead the policy development and strategy for Ranking Member Boozman's team. She will run point on all policy within the committee's diverse jurisdiction including agriculture, nutrition, forestry and rural development. "Chelsie is the i… Continue Reading


11.22.21

Boozman, Thompson Lead Bicameral Group of Republican Ag Committee Members in Calling on EPA to Rescind Chlorpyrifos Decision and Follow Scientifically-Sound, Risk-Based Regulatory Processes

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 (R-PA), ranking member of the House Committee on Agriculture are leading a bicameral effort calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rescind its decision to revoke all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos and ensure its future actions related to the registration or registration review of crop protection tools are consis… Continue Reading


11.17.21

Ranking Member Boozman’s Opening Statement at Hearing to Consider the Nominations of Chavonda Jacobs-Young to be Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics and Margo Schlanger to be Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights

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 Chavonda Jacobs-Young to be under secretary for research, education, and economics and Margo Schlanger to be assistant secretary of agriculture for civil rights. Good morning. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, the President's nominee for under secreta… Continue Reading


11.04.21

Ranking Member Boozman, Republican Committee Leaders Call for Transparent Process to Vet Reckless Tax-and-Spend Legislation

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, joined with Republican leaders of committees that have received reconciliation instructions to call on the Democrats to hold legislative hearings and markups with votes on Democrats' reckless taxing and spending legislation. Led by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance, the senators wrote Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to highlight th… Continue Reading


10.27.21

Ranking Member Boozman Continues to Press for Ag Committee Hearings on Reconciliation

WASHINGTON-During a U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry hearing to consider the nomination of the next chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) continued his push for the committee to hold hearings on the Democrat's reconciliation package. "The committee, of recent, has strayed from its traditions, and I fear the consequences to American agriculture, our farmers, ranchers and rural communities. In the last 40 years, in th… Continue Reading


10.27.21

Ranking Member Boozman’s Opening Statement at Hearing to Consider the Nomination of Rostin Behnam to be Chairman of the CFTC

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 Rostin Behnam to be chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC):Good morning. I am pleased to welcome Mr. Rostin Behnam to the committee as we consider his nomination to be chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.I congratulate you on your n… Continue Reading


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

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