Minority News

02.24.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation with USDA Secretary Vilsack

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing entitled "The Agricultural Act of 2014 - Implementation after One Year and Farm Credit Administration Nominees." The hearing featured three panels, including testimony from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Michael DeRuiter, a third-generation fruit grower from Hart, Michigan. S… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Agriculture Ranking Member Stabenow Announces Bipartisan Legislation Lifting Cuban Trade Embargo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced her sponsorship of bipartisan legislation that would lift the more than 50-year-long Cuban trade embargo. In January, Stabenow went to Cuba as part of a congressional delegation seeking to normalize trade relations between the countries. That visit marked Stabenow's second visit to the nation. "Lifting the Cuban trade embargo represents a tremendou… Continue Reading


02.06.15

Senator Stabenow Statement on Passing of Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement on the passing of Toledo, Ohio Mayor D. Michael Collins. "I am saddened to hear about the passing of Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins. Mayor Collins was a champion for the City of Toledo and his leadership will be missed. I had the pleasure of seeing Mayor Collins in December when he testified before the Senate Agriculture Com… Continue Reading


02.06.15

Senator Stabenow’s Statement on One-Year Anniversary of the Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement in advance of the one-year anniversary of the 2014 Farm Bill signing. On February 4, 2014, the Senate passed the bipartisan bill 68-32, sending the legislation to President Obama for his signature. On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed the Farm Bill into law at Michigan State University. "One year ago this week Presiden… Continue Reading


01.16.15

Senator Stabenow: Historic Investment Marks the Start of a New Era in Water Conservation

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry joined U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden, along with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, to highlight a historic $17.5 million Lake Erie investment made possible by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program is a new, innovative conservation in… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Senator Stabenow Announces $370 Million Farm Bill Investment to Preserve Water Quality, Environment

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced that over 100 projects will receive a historic $370 million through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program - a new, innovative conservation initiative in the 2014 Farm Bill. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program uses diverse public-private partnerships to achieve conservation goals at local and community levels. Sen. Stabenow joined U.S. Secretary of Agricult… Continue Reading


12.10.14

Chairwoman Stabenow: CFTC Must Have Resources Necessary to Enforce Wall Street Reform

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) must have the resources needed to effectively regulate derivatives and keep our markets stable and secure. Stabenow pointed to the omnibus bill announced last night and said that funding for the Commission remains insufficent and now comes with new restrictions at a time when the Commission is being asked to do more with les… Continue Reading


12.03.14

Chairwoman Stabenow: Our Generation Has the Urgent Responsibility to Conserve, Protect Fresh Water

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that farmers and ranchers need to take advantage of public-private partnerships and programs meant to improve water quality in our lakes, rivers, and streams. Stabenow said the agriculture industry has already become a part of the solution when it comes to solving the crisis surrounding water quality. Farmers and ranchers have the ability to take steps to improve their management practice… Continue Reading


12.02.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds New $5 Million Investment to Bring Local Food to School Cafeterias

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded USDA's announcement to invest $5 million in a variety of farm to school programs across the country. This funding comes through USDA's Farm to School Program, which helps schools source healthy school foods like fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy. The Farm to School Program also educates students about how food grows through school garden programs and farm visits. Sen. Stabenow led t… Continue Reading


11.26.14

Chairwoman Stabenow: Less than Two Weeks Left to Enroll in New Farm Bill Dairy Program

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, encouraged dairy farmers to register by Dec. 5 for the new dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) that gives farmers the certainty and tools they need to continue reliably supplying milk products to consumers. This program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers participating farmers assistance if milk prices fall below profitable … Continue Reading


11.21.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on RFS Inaction

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding EPA's decision to delay acting on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard rule until 2015:"Today's announcement shows how deeply flawed the EPA's original RFS rule was," said Stabenow. "The EPA needs to work toward a new rule in 2015 that will provide long-term certainty needed for the advanced biofuels industry to give real competition to Big Oil … Continue Reading


11.20.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Senate Confirmation of USDA Chief Financial Officer and Under Secretary for Rural Development

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the below statement following Senate confirmation of Jon Holladay as U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Financial Officer and Lisa Mensah as U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development. Both will play a critical role in helping to lead the efforts to secure the future of agriculture."I'm proud that my colleagues in the Senate gave their support t… Continue Reading


10.20.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Trade Enforcement Decision Regarding Country of Origin Labeling

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, issued the following statement today regarding the World Trade Organization (WTO) decision on USDA's 2013 proposed modifications to the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law: "The World Trade Organization has once again ruled that consumers have a right to know where their food comes from," said Stabenow. "We can spend decades litigating this issue at the WTO, or we can work togeth… Continue Reading


10.14.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Trade Enforcement Decision to Lift Ban on U.S. Agriculture Products

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the World Trade Organization (WTO) decision affirming that India's import restrictions on U.S. poultry products are discriminatory and not substantiated in science. India began blocking America's poultry exports in 2007, citing unsubstantiated concerns over low pathogenic avian influenza. These restrictions remain in place despite a decade without a single outbreak in the… Continue Reading


10.02.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Major Investment to Strengthen Markets for Fruits and Vegetables

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest more than $119 million in grants to help strengthen markets for fruits and vegetables in all 50 states, DC and the territories. The grants will be provided through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, both authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Specialty crops - which include frui… Continue Reading


09.29.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds New Programs to Help Low-Income Americans Purchase Healthy Fruits and Vegetables, Support Family Farmers, Locally Grown and Organic Products

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the announcement of a series of national programs, authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, that will help provide families with greater access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables, while also supporting family farmers by creating new opportunities to sell locally grown and organic products. Over $52 million in grants will be awarded as a result of Farm Bill programs. The … Continue Reading


09.18.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Major Investment in Farm Energy Programs, Boost to Rural Economy and Jobs

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficient projects across the country, helping to spur domestic energy production while also growing the rural economy and helping to create jobs. The investment, part of the Rural Energy for America Program, aids farmers and landowners in developing homegrown, ren… Continue Reading


09.15.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls for Legislation to Protect American Interests in Foreign Acquisitions

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, continued this weekend to raise concerns about Chinese acquisitions of American food companies and the implications that could have on national and economic security - as well as broader American interests. Stabenow's comments came during a special PBS NewsHour investigation about the recent acquisition of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods by Chinese food company Shuanghui Intl. - the largest p… Continue Reading


09.10.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Receives McGovern-Dole Leadership Award for Efforts in Fighting Global Hunger

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today received the World Food Program USA's prestigious McGovern-Dole Leadership Award for her efforts and achievements in fighting global hunger. The award, presented to Stabenow by Vice President Joe Biden, specifically honors Stabenow's work in bringing Democrats and Republicans together to pass the 2014 Farm Bill, which makes significant contributions to alleviate worldwide hunger and pro… Continue Reading


08.28.14

Chairwoman Stabenow: New Farm Bill Dairy Program Coming Next Week to Help Farmers Manage Risk, Keep Prices Stable for Consumers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said a new dairy risk management program, included in the 2014 Farm Bill and starting up next week, will give farmers the certainty and tools they need to continue a reliable supply of milk products at the grocery store for consumers. Enrollment for the new dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will begin Sept. 2 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and offers participating farm… Continue Reading

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