Minority News

07.23.14

Chairwoman Stabenow: We Must Work Together to Address Challenges in Providing Healthy Meals in Schools; Reversing Course Is Not an Option

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that school personnel, parents, community leaders and other stakeholders must work together to address challenges in providing healthy meals to children in schools. Stabenow, whose comments came during a Committee hearing as part of a larger effort to update child nutrition laws, said reversing course is not an option because the health of our children is directly linked to … Continue Reading


07.21.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Relief for Fruit Growers Devastated by Weather Disasters

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that many fruit growers across the country whose farms were devastated by extreme weather conditions in 2012 will now be able to apply for disaster relief from the USDA. The new buy-up provisions in the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), authored by Chairwoman Stabenow as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, will extend relief to growers who suffered from disaste… Continue Reading


06.24.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on House Passage of CFTC Reauthorization Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the below statement following the House vote to advance a bill to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. "I'm pleased to see the House bill includes measures related to customer protections as well as important considerations for end users like farmers, ranchers and small businesses who rely on the markets to hedge risk. These are areas where we can certainly … Continue Reading


06.20.14

In Case You Missed It: Op-Ed: Detroit News: Chairwoman Stabenow’s ‘non-partisan tone’ should endure in child nutrition efforts

Op-Ed by Betti Wiggins of Detroit Public Schools emphasizes now is "not the time to waver from our national pursuit of improved nutrition in public schools" Improved eating habits in children "have direct implications for our national defense. By some estimates, 75% of 18-24 year olds are ineligible for military service." Feeding children more fruits and vegetables generates economic growth as "each month local farmers deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to our schools. Buying loca… Continue Reading


06.17.14

Chairwoman Stabenow: Biobased Manufacturing is Creating Jobs and New Innovations in American Manufacturing

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that biobased companies are creating jobs across the country and helping to grow the economy through new innovations in manufacturing. Stabenow's comments came during a Committee hearing that examined how companies are taking advantage of homegrown agriculture - instead of petroleum - to make new products, spurring a new wave in innovative manufacturing that's growing the ec… Continue Reading


06.17.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds USDA for Moving Forward on Vaccine to Combat Disease Devastating Pork Producers

Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture for moving forward with a new vaccine expected to help combat the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), which has killed millions of pigs and devastated pork producers across the country. USDA announced that it has issued a conditional license for the first vaccine to treat PEDv to aid in control of the virus. These licenses are issued… Continue Reading


06.12.14

Chairwoman Stabenow: Investments in Child Nutrition Critical for our Nation’s Security, Economy, Health

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said child nutrition has a major impact on America's biggest priorities like national security and long-term economic sustainability, and investments must be made now to ensure the future safety and strength of the nation. Stabenow's comments came during the first in a series of hearings the Committee will convene as part of the larger effort to update child nutrition laws, which… Continue Reading


06.11.14

Chairwoman Stabenow to Host ‘Grow It Here, Make It Here’ Spotlight on Innovation

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, will host the 'Grow It Here, Make It Here' Spotlight on Innovation on Tuesday, June 17 in the Russell Senate Office Building. The day will begin with a Committee hearing followed by a corresponding educational event - both highlighting how innovators and forward-thinking pioneers are fueling a revitalized manufacturing sector and creating jobs by harnessing the potential of … Continue Reading


06.06.14

Senator Hagan, Chairwoman Stabenow Applaud USDA Announcement to Combat Virus Devastating Pork Producers

After requesting federal assistance to address the deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), Senator Kay Hagan (NC) and Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (MI) today applauded U.S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's plan to dedicate $26.2 million to combat this disease that is devastating pork producers across the country. In March, Hagan and Stabenow sent a letter to Vilsack urging the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to dedicate funding to help develop a vaccine and for ot… Continue Reading


06.03.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Senate Confirmation of Sharon Bowen as CFTC Commissioner

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 Sharon Bowen as Commissioner for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Bowen, the first African American woman to be appointed commissioner to the CFTC, will play a critical role in helping to lead efforts to implement the reforms contained in The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. "I'm pro… Continue Reading


05.20.14

Pryor, Stabenow Respond to USDA Decision to Provide Schools Flexibility on Whole Grains

Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today responded to USDA's decision to provide schools greater flexibility in meeting guidelines on whole grains in school meals. The decision, announced today by USDA, will allow schools struggling to find a suitable pasta product that meets whole grains standards the ability to apply… Continue Reading


05.20.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on House Agriculture Spending Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the below statement following the markup of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee's 2015 spending bill. "I am strongly opposed to the effort in the House agriculture appropriations bill to gut conservation and energy programs that passed in the Farm Bill with wide bipartisan majorities. These irresponsible cuts to some of the most important Farm Bill programs … Continue Reading


05.13.14

Chairwoman Stabenow: Oversight of Futures Markets Must Evolve with Technology to Ensure Market Integrity

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said the latest technologies like high frequency and other forms of automated trading have created new sets of challenges, and oversight of the derivatives markets must evolve with technology to ensure markets are working right. Stabenow said it's critical that regulators like the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have the appropriate authority and tools to sufficiently protec… Continue Reading


05.07.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Conducts Hearing to Examine USDA’s Ongoing Implementation of 2014 Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said the 2014 Farm Bill, which was signed into law in February, is a critical jobs bill that touches all Americans, and its swift and efficient implementation is essential to creating jobs, supporting the 16 million Americans already working in agriculture, and growing the economy. Chairwoman Stabenow's comments came during a Committee hearing examining USDA's ongoing implementat… Continue Reading


04.08.14

Chairwoman Stabenow: Advanced Biofuels to Grow Economy, Create Jobs, Lower Prices at the Pump

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that advanced, non-food based biofuels are critical to growing our economy, creating jobs and lowering prices at the pump for American consumers. Stabenow noted the 2014 Farm Bill, which was signed into law in February, included a robust energy title which is helping farmers and businesses to increase production of energy from non-food sources, boost rural economies and spur… Continue Reading


03.25.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Unveiling of Norman Borlaug Statue in U.S. Capitol

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the below statement following the unveiling of the Norman Borlaug statue in the U.S. Capitol. Borlaug, whose statue will represent the state of Iowa in Statuary Hall, was one of the world's leading agricultural researchers whose work in wheat improvement is credited as helping to feed millions of starving people around the world. Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1… Continue Reading


03.13.14

Senator Hagan, Chairwoman Stabenow Request Disaster Assistance for Small Pork Producers Harmed by Deadly Pig Virus

Senators Kay Hagan (NC) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, urged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to approve disaster assistance for small pork producers affected by a deadly virus that is hitting pig farms across the country. The Porcine Endemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has killed more than four million pigs nationwide since April 2013 with significant implications for the agricultural economy. The 2014 Farm Bill, signed into … Continue Reading


03.06.14

Opening Statement of Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Hearing on Nominees for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Good morning. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry will now come to order. We're meeting this morning to consider the nomination of Timothy Massad to be the next Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as well as the nominations of Sharon Bowen and Christopher Giancarlo to be Commissioners at the CFTC. Thank you all for being here today. I'm glad to see so many of your family members here today to support you. The last time we met as a Committee to c… Continue Reading


03.05.14

Stabenow, Cochran Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Cooperative Extension System, Expansion of Agricultural Research

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee, today announced the introduction of a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension System, helping to connect the public to research occurring in the land-grant university system. The resolution recognizes the importance of the legislation in extending… Continue Reading


02.11.14

Five Things You Should Know about the New Bipartisan Farm Bill

President Obama signed the new bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill into law on February 7, marking a new direction in American agriculture policy. The Farm Bill is a rare example of Congress working together to pass a major bipartisan jobs bill, and legislation that reduces the deficit by tens of billions of dollars. Here are five things you should know about the new Farm Bill (click links for more info, and see what others are saying on each i… Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow