Minority News

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


02.07.14

President Obama Signs Farm Bill at Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI - President Barack Obama today signed into law the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill at a special signing ceremony on Michigan State University's campus. The president joined Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the farm bill's lead Senate author and Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for the ceremony. Farmers, conservations leaders, and local food advocates were also on hand. The legislation represents rare bipartisan agreement that will help to cre… Continue Reading


02.04.14

Senate Approves 2014 Farm Bill, Legislation Heads to the President

The U.S. Senate today voted overwhelmingly to approve the bipartisan Farm Bill coauthored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, by a vote of 68-32. The bill represents rare bipartisan agreement on legislation that would boost a major sector of the U.S. economy and create jobs across the country. The 2014 Farm Bill, which reduces the deficit by $23 billion and represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy… Continue Reading


02.04.14

ICYMI: Senator Debbie Stabenow in Huffington Post Op-ed: “This is not your father’s farm bill”

In an op-ed in the Huffington Post, Senator Stabenow said of the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill today: "The bill marks a major step in changing the paradigm in American agriculture policy…" "The new Farm Bill ends indefensible government subsidies like direct payments, which pay farmers every year whether they need it or not….This approach saves taxpayers billions of dollars and is much more sensible than direct payments." The bill "expands support for healthier and more locally-ba… Continue Reading


02.03.14

U.S. Senate Votes to Move Forward on 2014 Farm Bill, Vote on Final Passage Tomorrow

The U.S. Senate cleared a procedural hurdle today and voted to proceed to consideration of the 2014 Farm Bill, paving the way for a final vote on the measure tomorrow. Cloture was invoked with strong bipartisan support of 72-22. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), the Committee's Ranking Member, co-authored the bipartisan reform bill that ends direct payment subsidies, saves taxpayers $23… Continue Reading


01.31.14

What Supporters of Food Assistance Programs Are Saying About Farm Bill Food Stamp Policy

For more information on the Farm Bill's savings in food assistance, click here. Bob Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: "Congress did not intend for states to stretch the benefit rules this way and longstanding [food stamp] supporters like myself find it difficult to defend… It's difficult to defend the practice of giving people higher benefits for supposedly paying bills they don't, in fact, pay … If Congress doesn't address the weakness in the SUA rules, SNAP's … Continue Reading


01.31.14

Deficit Reduction: The 2014 Farm Bill

In 2011, the House and Senate Agriculture Committees set a goal of cutting $23 billion from agriculture programs. This Farm Bill ensures that, including sequester, the bill yields a total of $23 billion in cuts to program spending, meeting the committees' deficit reduction goal. Farm Bill Savings The Farm Bill achieves major reform by ending direct payment subsidies, accounting for the bulk of the Farm Bill's spending cuts. Savings are achieved in nutrition programs by addressing fraud and mi… Continue Reading


01.29.14

Letters and Statements of Support

American Farm Bureau Federation National Farmers Union Union of Concerned Scientists Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Ducks Unlimited National Rifle Association National Wildlife Federation Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance Humane Society of the United States AARP The Nature Conservancy World Wildlife Fund Pheasants Forever Audubon Society National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition National Telecommunications Cooperative Association - The Rural Broadband Association Feed … Continue Reading


01.29.14

The Farm Bill is a Jobs Bill

Agriculture represents a bright spot in the U.S. economy and is underpinning the nation's economic recovery. Passing a five-year Farm Bill creates the certainty needed for farmers, ranchers and businessesthroughout a sector critical toour entire economy. American agriculture supports 16 million American jobs. Agriculture is one of the only sectors of the U.S. economy that boasts a trade surplus. This surplustotaled $38.5 billion in 2012. Exports totaled $141.3 billionin 2012 - nearly … Continue Reading


01.29.14

ICYMI: The Hill Op-Ed: Farm bill gets it right on conservation

"This farm bill would be one of the strongest ever for conservation and forestry" "Farm bill conservation programs ... encourage practices that lead to healthier lands and waters, and they are critical to a strong economy, healthy and productive rural lands, and vibrant communities" "The new farm bill has several important provisions to advance effective conservation, respecting the vital role that farmers, ranchers and forest owners play in conserving our nation's soil, water and … Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow