Minority News

07.10.13

Chairwoman Stabenow: Smithfield Hearing Reinforces Serious Concerns About Foreign Purchases of American Food Companies

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said we need to take a "long-term view" of the proposed purchase of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer and processor, by China's Shuanghui International. Stabenow said the purchase would be precedent-setting as it would represent the largest purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm ever. Today's hearing broadly examined how the government review process of f… Continue Reading


06.27.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds CFTC for Pursuing Accountability in MF Global Collapse, Pledges to Continue Seeking Additional Customer Protections

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for its continued efforts to demand accountability in the wake of the bankruptcy of MF Global. Chairwoman Stabenow's statement comes as the CFTC filed civil charges against former MF Global Executives in federal court today. The company's bankruptcy was the eighth largest in history and nearly $1.2 billion in segregated customer funds w… Continue Reading


06.27.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Sen. Mo Cowan Leaving the Senate

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement on Sen. Mo Cowan (D-MA) who is departing the Senate after this week's election of Senator-Elect Edward Markey. "I want to thank Senator Mo Cowan for his excellent service to the people of Massachusetts and our nation. Sen. Cowan was a strong champion for farmers and fisheries as a member of the Agriculture Committee, and his voice will be mis… Continue Reading


06.20.13

Statement from Chairwoman Stabenow on House Failure to Pass Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the House's failure to pass a Farm Bill. The Senate Farm Bill, titled the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, passed the chamber earlier this month with overwhelming bipartisan support on a 66-27 vote. "Twice the Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that reforms farm programs, ends direct payments, cuts spending, and… Continue Reading


06.20.13

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Appropriate Oversight of Proposed Smithfield Purchase

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Senator Thad Cochran, Ranking Member of the Committee, and a bipartisan group of Agriculture Committee members, today raised questions regarding government oversight of the proposed purchase of Smithfield Foods and future foreign acquisitions of American agriculture companies. The Senators urged Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to include both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and D… Continue Reading


06.10.13

Senate Approves Farm Bill, Major Reforms with Broad Bipartisan Support

The U.S. Senate today voted to approve the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, a bipartisan Farm Bill authored by Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Ranking Member Senator Thad Cochran. The bill was approved with broad bipartisan support by a vote of 66-27. The bill, which saves taxpayers more than $24 billion, represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades. The bill reforms fo… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Statement from Chairwoman Stabenow Regarding the Proposed Purchase of Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui International

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, issued the following statement today regarding the proposed acquisition of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer and processor, by Shuanghui International, a Chinese meat product company. "American consumers have long been able to trust the food they buy in the supermarket. The U.S. produces the safest, most affordable food in the world because of the high standa… Continue Reading


05.21.13

Senators Praise Stabenow and Cochran for Bipartisan 2013 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Sen. Thad Cochran, the Committee's Ranking Member, worked together to secure a strong bipartisan 15-5 vote in Committee for the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (a.k.a. the new Farm Bill). The bill is now being considered by the full Senate. The 2013 Farm Bill cuts spending by $24 billion while strengthening initiatives that help Michigan farmers and small… Continue Reading


05.21.13

In Case You Missed It: The Hill Op-Ed: It’s time to finish America’s farm bill

• Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, penned an op-ed published in The Hill today, highlighting how the Farm Bill will both create jobs and reduce the deficit. • Stabenow wrote, "There can be no more kicking the can down the road. We must pass a farm bill this year to provide certainty to the 16 million Americans whose jobs rely on agriculture." • "Passing this year's farm bill will yield over $24 billion i… Continue Reading


05.15.13

Historic Farm Bill Conservation Pact Adopted by Senate Agriculture Committee with Overwhelming Support

The Senate Agriculture Committee approved an historic conservation pact this week, requiring conservation compliance for crop insurance to protect both the farmers and the natural resources that our nation's farmers and ranchers will rely on for generations to come. Conservation and agriculture industry organizations worked together to create the landmark pact. The agreement, adopted as part of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, which passed the Committee with strong bipartisan s… Continue Reading


05.14.13

Senate Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill with Broad Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today voted overwhelmingly to approve the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, a bipartisan Farm Bill authored by Committee Chairwoman Senator Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Senator Thad Cochran. The bill includes major reform in food and agricultural policy by ending direct payments and transitioning to responsible risk management tools that support farmers only when they have been impacted by disa… Continue Reading


05.09.13

The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013

The Senate's bipartisan 2013 Farm Bill represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades. With the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, the era of direct payments is over. Instead of subsidies that pay out every year even in good times, the bill creates risk management tools that support farmers when they are negatively impacted by weather disaster or market events beyond their control. By ending unnecessary subsidies, streamlining and consolidating programs a… Continue Reading


03.07.13

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Cochran Seek Public Input for CFTC Reauthorization

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 called on stakeholders and the public to make recommendations and provide input on the reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Stabenow and Cochran announced during a CFTC oversight hearing last week that they will begin work on reauthorization, with the process being open, bipartisan and conse… Continue Reading


02.27.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Plans for CFTC Reauthorization, Encourages Finalizing Dodd-Frank Rules

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that she and Ranking Member Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) will begin the process of reauthorizing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission later this year. She also encouraged CFTC officials to finalize rules and finish implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Stabenow said both efforts would help create transparency and ensure markets are … Continue Reading


02.27.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Commends USDA for Efforts to Streamline Rural Programs, Prioritize Economic Development

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture for prioritizing rural communities through its release of a report on streamlining rural programs and making them easier for rural communities to use. The effort consolidates 11 different definitions of "rural" into one, to better target resources for programs that promote rural economic development. "I commend Secretary Vilsack and USDA for… Continue Reading


02.19.13

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Cochran Urge USTR to Quickly Address Russia’s Unscientific Import Ban on US Beef, Poultry, Turkey

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 urged U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to quickly address Russia's new import ban on U.S. beef, poultry and turkey - which would cost the U.S. economy $600 million annually - as the ban is unfounded, not based on sound science and violates World Trade Organization rules. The trade violation stems from Russia's ze… Continue Reading


02.14.13

Statement from Chairwoman Stabenow Regarding Sequestration and Elimination of Direct Payment Subsidies

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, issued the following statement today regarding the announcement by Senate Democratic leadership that agriculture's direct payment subsidies will be eliminated as part of a larger sequestration package intended to avoid across-the-board spending cuts. The elimination of direct payment subsidies saves $27.5 billion and constitutes the entire non-defense discretionary cuts in the bill. "The cho… Continue Reading


02.14.13

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Cochran Announce Final Subcommittee Assignments for Senate Agriculture Committee

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, today announced assignments for the Committee's five subcommittees for the 113th Congress.A full list of the subcommittees and member assignments follows here: Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management Democracts Donnelly (Chair) Baucus Heitkamp Harkin … Continue Reading


02.14.13

Chairwoman Stabenow: Weather Disasters’ Crippling Effects on Agriculture Underscores Crucial Need to Pass Disaster Relief and New Five-Year Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, today said that last year's historic drought, which parched the nation and affected more square miles since the end of the Dust Bowl era in 1939, has taken a devastating toll on American agriculture, underscoring the need to pass critical disaster assistance provisions and a new five-year farm bill. In addition to a historic drought that devastated corn and soybean yields in the Midwest and Pl… Continue Reading


02.01.13

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on MF Global Settlement, Recovery of 93 Percent of Missing Money for Customers with U.S. Accounts

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement on the settlement deal approved by a bankruptcy court judge that paves the way for customers of the now-collapsed MF Global to recover much of the $1.6 billion that disappeared. The approved deal will recover about 93 percent of the lost customer money for those with U.S. accounts. "I am pleased that a settlement has been approved and that customers will … Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow