Minority News

12.05.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds $24 Million for Farm Bill Climate-Smart Agriculture Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded more than $24 million for 16 projects that integrate innovative conservation practices to help farmers combat the climate crisis and create opportunities to build future carbon markets through soil health initiatives. The funding comes from the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill's On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials - a new component of Conservation Innovation… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Ranking Member Stabenow: Trump Administration’s Final SNAP Rule Targets Part-Time Workers, Ignores Bipartisan Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) rule, which would make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): "This rule could cause one million people to lose their food assistance, while doing nothing to help them find jobs. This Administration is out of touch with families who are struggling t… Continue Reading


11.18.19

Ranking Member Stabenow, Chairman Grijalva Call for Investigation into Grant Used to Weaken Protections for the Tongass National Forest

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, and Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-3), Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, today requested a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General investigation into whether the U.S. Forest Service improperly granted funds to the State of Alaska. Reportedly, the state used the grant to support their requested exemption from federal en… Continue Reading


11.15.19

As USDA Announces Second Round of Trade Payments, Ranking Member Stabenow Urges Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments to assist American farmers affected by the Trump Administration's trade policies: "I'm disappointed the Trump Administration has not corrected the serious inequities within their trade assistance program. W… Continue Reading


11.12.19

Senate Democrats Unveil New Report Detailing How Trump Administration Mismanaged Payments to Farmers for Trade Damages

WASHINGTON - A group of Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), released a new report detailing how the Trump Administration is picking winners and losers in their attempt to aid farmers affected by President Trump's turbulent trade agenda. The data shows that in the wake of the trade uncertainty created by the President's actions, the $2… Continue Reading


11.07.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Rural Development and Energy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing titled "Implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill: Rural Development and Energy Programs." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Welcome to our witnesses and thank you for being here. Everyone in this room knows that rural America is the backbone of our economy, jus… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Secures Farm Bill and Urban Agriculture Investments, Criticizes ERS and NIFA Relocation Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The bill includes an amendment introduced by Ranking Member Stabenow to provide $5 million to set up the new Urban Agriculture Office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorized in the Farm Bill. "By and large, this bipartisan bill rejects the Trump Administration… Continue Reading


10.17.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Farm Bill Implementation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing titled "Implementing the 2018 Farm Bill". Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing. Deputy Secretary Censky, thank you for being here and welcome back to our hearing room. It's been 10 months since Congress passed the bipartisan … Continue Reading


09.27.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Further Questions USDA Relocation After Critical Research Delayed

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, raised concerns that the relocation of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research agencies, the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), has delayed reports and research grants, despite assurances that the move would not affect the missions of the agencies. Thus far, the USDA has on-boarded nine n… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the Livestock and Poultry Sectors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing titled Perspectives on the Livestock and Poultry Sectors. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing. Welcome to our witnesses and thank you for being here. We all know that farming is the riskiest business there is. From unexpected … Continue Reading


09.23.19

Senators Urge Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposal to Take Away Food Assistance from Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, 15 Senators raised serious concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule to eliminate categorical eligibility, which would take food assistance away from millions of families currently participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In a letter, the Senators urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw the proposal, citing the negative consequences of the rule and noting that the Administration has not conducted … Continue Reading


07.31.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the U.S. Grain Standards Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing titled Perspectives on Reauthorization of the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this hearing as we begin the process of reauthorizing the Grain Standards Act. Thank you to the expert panel here today, bringing perspectives… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the USDA’s Release of Trade Aid Details

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's announcement of aid to assist American farmers affected by their trade policies. "The Administration continues to move ahead with no real trade strategy. These short-term, inequitable payouts are not a replacement for markets and a coherent trade strategy. "Today's announcement only confirms my prev… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing titled Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman for holding this hearing today, and welcome to our witnesses. The 2018 Farm Bill includes many new opportunities that strengthen the diversity of American agriculture. We know s… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Proposed Nutrition Assistance Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule to eliminate categorical eligibility, which would increase obstacles for families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): "This proposal is yet another attempt by this Administration to circumvent Congress and make harmful changes to nutr… Continue Reading


07.18.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Agricultural Research Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing titled "Agricultural Research and 2018 Farm Bill Implementation." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you Chairman Roberts for holding this very important hearing. Dr. Hutchins, welcome back and thank you for being here. Agricultural research has always been the heart of the Dep… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Urges USDA to Make Climate Change Research Public

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, raised strong concerns that the reported suppression of significant climate change research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is harmful to agriculture and urged the Department to publicize past and future research. A Politico article published on June 24, 2019 reported a number of instances where USDA leadership downplayed the public release of several st… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at CFTC Reauthorization Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing titled "The State of the Derivatives Market and Perspectives for CFTC Reauthorization." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and welcome to our witnesses here today. It's good to be with you all to discuss the CFTC and its reauthorization. It has been over a d… Continue Reading


06.20.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Forest Service Jobs Corps Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the Administration's decision to halt their harmful proposal to shut down or transfer management of all U.S. Forest Service Civilian Conservation Job Corps Centers nationwide. Stabenow helped lead a bipartisan, bicameral group of members of Congress to urge the Administration to reverse their plan. "After broad bipartisan obje… Continue Reading


06.13.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Dairy Margin Coverage Sign Up

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement that dairy farmers can sign up for affordable benefits through Dairy Margin Coverage. This program provides improved support for dairy farmers facing financial uncertainty. Stabenow authored improvements in the 2018 bipartisan Farm Bill to support dairy farmers and strengthen t… Continue Reading

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