Minority News

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


08.01.14

Chairwoman Stabenow: Farm Bill Conservation Initiative Generating Tremendous Support, Will Have Lasting Impact on Health of Nation’s Land, Water, Air

Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said nearly 600 projects, representing the work of nearly 5,000 organizations across the country, are being considered for the initial round of funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program - a new, innovative conservation initiative created in the 2014 Farm Bill. Chairwoman Stabenow and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Michigan in May to launch the… Continue Reading


07.31.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Asks Agencies for More Clarity on US Waters Rule, to Provide Certainty for Conservation Efforts Used by Farmers and Ranchers

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today urged the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide farmers and ranchers with more certainty as the agencies move forward with clarifying which waters can be regulated under the Clean Water Act. In a letter, also signed by 12 other Senators, Stabenow said stakeholders across the country have raised concerns with t… Continue Reading


07.23.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Appointment of Members to New Ag Research Foundation Board

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the below statement regarding the appointment of board members to the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research - a new non-profit foundation created by the 2014 Farm Bill, which will leverage private and public funding to advance agricultural research. The 15-member board of directors was officially announced today and is meant to represent the many diverse agricultural pers… Continue Reading

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