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01.29.14

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on House Passage of 2014 Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding the House's vote to pass The Agricultural Act of 2014. "We are on the verge of achieving major reform. Today's House vote puts us one step closer to finally enacting a five-year Farm Bill that helps farmers and businesses create jobs across the country and saves taxpayers billions. This bill eliminates unnecessary subsidies, creates a more … Continue Reading


01.29.14

Specialty Crops & Local Food Systems

The 2014 Farm Bill recognizes the diversity of American agriculture and the importance of providing access to healthy foods by strengthening programs that focus on fruits, vegetables and organic crops. Sales of specialty crops total nearly $65 billion per year, and organics are the fastest-growing segment of agriculture, making them a critical part of the U.S. economy and an important job creator. Strengthens Programs for Farmers Producing Specialty Crops The Farm Bill provides disaster reli… Continue Reading


01.28.14

2014 Farm Bill: Addressing Misuse, Protecting Food Assistance

The Agricultural Act of 2014 achieves savings in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) solely by stopping fraud and misuse, while maintaining critical assistance for families. Savings in this section are achieved without removing anyone from the SNAP program, and ensures that every person receives the benefits they are intended to get under the current rules of the program. The 2014 Farm Bill stops lottery winners from continuing to receive assistance, increases program efficienc… Continue Reading


01.28.14

Farm Bill Ends Direct Payment Subsidies

After nearly three years of working to create a 5-year Farm Bill that will reform agriculture policy, end unnecessary subsidies, save billions of taxpayer dollars, and help create American agriculture jobs, Members of Congress in the Senate and House have an agreement on a final bipartisan Farm Bill. Members of both parties have been trying to end direct payment subsidies for decades-and with the 2014 Farm Bill, the era of direct payments will finally come to an end. 2014 Farm Bill Finally En… Continue Reading


01.27.14

House-Senate Negotiators Announce Bipartisan Agreement on Final Farm Bill

House and Senate agriculture leaders today announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on a five-year farm bill that will reduce the deficit, grow the economy and provide certainty to the 16 million Americans whose jobs depend on agriculture. The Agricultural Act of 2014 contains major reforms including eliminating the direct payment program, streamlining and consolidating numerous programs to improve their effectiveness and reduce duplication, and cutting down on program misuse. The bill also s… Continue Reading


11.15.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on EPA’s Proposed Biofuel Targets for 2014

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to lower congressionally mandated biofuels targets for 2014. The proposal would set the volumes at under 10 percent of projected gasoline consumption, and pull the rug out from underneath a growing American-made energy sector poised to create thousands of jobs. "The so-called blend wal… Continue Reading


11.01.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds USDA Action to Boost U.S. Beef Exports, Break Down Unfounded Trade Barriers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded U.S. Department of Agriculture efforts that will help U.S. beef producers increase exports. USDA today announced the final comprehensive BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) rule that will help ensure other countries aren't able to place non-tariff trade barriers on U.S. beef. Chairwoman Stabenow has been part of a bipartisan coalition of Senators urging the Office of Man… Continue Reading


10.30.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Remarks at Farm Bill Conference Meeting

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today delivered the following opening remarks at the first public meeting of the House-Senate Farm Bill conference committee. The meeting officially marks the beginning of the conference committee negotiations between the House and Senate to finalize a 5-year Farm Bill that reduces the deficit by tens of billions of dollars, eliminates billions in subsidies through reforming agriculture polic… Continue Reading


10.01.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Once Again Requesting Farm Bill Conference with the House, Re-Appointing Senate Conferees

Washington, DC- Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding the Senate moving to go to conference with the House on the 2013 Farm Bill. Majority Leader Harry Reid asked for unanimous consent this afternoon to request a conference with the House, with a conferee ratio of seven Democrats to five Republicans. "I'm pleased that the Senate has once again agreed to go to conference wit… Continue Reading


09.26.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Sen. Klobuchar, Joint Economic Committee for Highlighting Role Ag Exports Play in Creating Jobs, Growing Economy

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding a new report by the Joint Economic Committee detailing the key role that agricultural exports are playing in the U.S. economy. The report, The Economic Contribution of America's Farmers and the Importance of Agricultural Exports, shows that the value of agricultural exports have doubled over the last decade and growth in developing countries is… Continue Reading


09.24.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls on CFTC to Review Possible Manipulation of Renewable Fuels Market

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today called on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to review recent allegations about possible manipulation of the markets for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) - the tracking mechanism to ensure petroleum blenders and refiners meet their requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard. Stabenow called on the CFTC, which is tasked with overseeing markets for commodity futures, opt… Continue Reading


09.19.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement following House Vote to Cut Nutrition Assistance for Millions of Americans

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following statement after today's House vote on Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor's bill that would kick nearly 4 million Americans off of food assistance. The effort, which has stalled House action on moving forward with finalizing the Farm Bill which supports 16 million American jobs, would impact the nation's most vulnerable citizens including children, senior citizens, v… Continue Reading


09.19.13

ICYMI: Stabenow Op-Ed: Cantor Nutrition Bill Will Kick Nearly 4 Million Americans in Need off Food Assistance, Jeopardizes Passage of Bipartisan Farm Bill

Key Points: Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor is forcing a vote in the House on a bill that would cut food assistance by a whopping $40 billion, and kick nearly 4 million people off the program in the next year, including children, seniors, veterans and disabled Americans. 210,000 children would lose school lunches. Cantor bill would offer states a perverse incentive where they would get to keep half the money saved by kicking Americans off of food assistance and would also cut jo… Continue Reading


09.09.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement, following News Conference with Majority Leader Reid and Neil Young, on Moving Farm Bill Forward

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding moving forward on the 2013 Farm Bill. Chairwoman Stabenow joined Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid and Neil Young at a news conference today and called on House leadership to announce their conferees and officially begin conferencing the Farm Bill before the current extension expires on Sept. 30. "It's time to stop kicking the can down the roa… Continue Reading


09.06.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Chinese Acquisition of Smithfield Foods

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding the approval of the purchase of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui Intl., a Chinese food company. The acquisition, which represents the largest-ever purchase of an American company by a Chinese company, was approved through a review process conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Because this review incl… Continue Reading


08.02.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds WTO Ruling in Case Against China

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the World Trade Organization ruling for the U.S. against China in a case over imports of U.S. broiler-chicken products. The U.S. brought the case in response to illegal Chinese "anti-dumping measures" that raised the price of U.S. broiler-chicken products and eventually drove 90 percent of U.S. products out of the Chinese market. The Interagency Trade Enforcement Center , wh… Continue Reading


07.30.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Presses CFTC to Review Alleged Manipulation of Aluminum Market

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today called on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to clarify the role and responsibility of the agency in addressing recent allegations that owners of U.S. warehouses, overseen by a UK-based commodity exchange, are intentionally slow-walking the delivery of purchased aluminum to profit from storage fees. The allegations also charge that these owners are distorting the market pri… Continue Reading


07.17.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Says Committee Must ‘Examine Lessons from the Past’ Throughout CFTC Reauthorization Process

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said the Committee must examine lessons from past market failures as it reauthorizes the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to avoid repeat crises like the 2008 near-collapse of global financial markets that left 8 million men and women without jobs. Today's hearing, the first official hearing in the Committee's CFTC reauthorization effort, featured testimony from a rang… Continue Reading


07.12.13

Sens. Stabenow, Thune, Reps. Nunes, Kind Introduce Bipartisan Agriculture Research Bill to Spur Innovation, Strengthen American Agriculture

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Sen. John Thune (R-SD), a Member of the Committee, today introduced a bipartisan bill with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) that will help spur new agricultural research by leveraging private dollars to create charitable partnerships between universities and private entities. The bill, the Charitable Agricultural Research Act, amends the tax code to allow for the creat… Continue Reading


07.11.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Today’s House Vote on Partial Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding today's House vote on a portion of the Farm Bill - their second attempt to pass legislation. "The bill passed by the House today is not a real Farm Bill and is an insult to rural America, which is why it's strongly opposed by more than 500 farm, food and conservation groups. We will go to conference with the bipartisan, comprehensive Fa… Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow