Minority News

05.05.15

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

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 opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing reviewing the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Stabenow's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing on the Grain Standards Act. And thank you to the officials and industry representatives for testifying today. You br… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Leads Successful Effort to Prevent Further Cuts to Agriculture Committee in Budget Conference Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today successfully defended the Agriculture Committee from further cuts in the budget conference report. Stabenow's effort was supported by nearly 400 farm, conservation, and nutrition groups from around the country. "There is not much to like with this budget, but at least the hard work and the reforms made by the Agriculture Committees in the Farm Bill have be… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds New USDA Initiative to Help Farmers, Ranchers, and Foresters Address Threat of Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded an announcement by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senior White House Advisor Brian Deese to help America's farmers, ranchers, and foresters address the threat of climate change. The announcement was made on the campus of Michigan State University where President Obama signed Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill into law. "Cli… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing Examining Opportunities, Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba

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 "Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba." In February 2015, Stabenow joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introducing legislation that would lift the more than 50-year-long Cuban trade embargo. The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, would allow… Continue Reading


04.16.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Named to Budget Conference Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, was appointed to the joint Senate-House conference committee to finalize the Budget Resolution. Stabenow is a senior member of the Senate Committee on the Budget. "With American agriculture supporting nearly 16 million jobs, it's imperative that this budget not undermine the economic certainty that a five year Farm Bill provides farmers and families across the c… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Waters of the United States Proposed Rule

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 "Waters of the United States: Stakeholder Perspectives on the Impacts of EPA's Proposed Rule." Stabenow's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. For more than 40 years, the Clean Water Act has been a vital tool in promoting the health a… Continue Reading


03.09.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Senate Confirmation of Farm Credit Administration Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded Senate confirmation of Dallas Tonsager and Jeffrey Hall to the board of the Farm Credit Administration (FCA). The nominees were confirmed by voice vote. "The Farm Credit System supports rural communities in all corners of the country," said Stabenow. "I look forward to working with both Mr. Tonsager and Mr. Hall - and the entire Farm Credit System … Continue Reading


02.25.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Proposal to Expand Federal Crop Insurance to Fruit and Vegetable Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for proposing new rules that expand risk management tools to specialty crop and underserved producers currently unable to find or afford insurance coverage. Today's announcement builds on efforts in Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill that reforms USDA's process for developing new crop insurance policies to ensure fru… Continue Reading


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

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