Minority News

06.14.12

In Case You Missed It Op-Ed: “Farm bill helps fight global hunger”

Former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman co-authored an op-ed with Richard Leach, President and CEO of World Food Program USA, in today's edition of Politico: "This Farm Bill enhances U.S. leadership in the fight against hunger and makes an important statement about America's values. Washington still faces extreme political polarization, but the Senate Farm Bill seeks to fight against global hunger using efforts that both parties can support." Farm bill helps fight global hunger Politico… Continue Reading


06.13.12

ICYMI: News Coverage of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act

Senate Farm Bill is Major Reform "The farm bill, headed for the Senate floor Thursday, would cut spending by $23.6 billion over a decade, mostly by pruning payments that farmland owners get regardless of whether they plant crops… If signed into law, the subsidy cuts would mark one of the biggest changes to farm policy in years." - The Wall Street Journal, 6/7/12 "[The Farm Bill is] genuinely a landmark shift…away from direct cash payments to farmers - a much-criticized system beg… Continue Reading


06.12.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Moving Forward with Farm Bill Debate on Senate Floor Tomorrow

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding confirmation from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the Senate will begin debate on Farm Bill amendments tomorrow. The Senate will begin with consideration of two amendments, one from Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire regarding U.S. sugar policy, and another from Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky regarding the Supplem… Continue Reading


06.11.12

In Case You Missed It… Op-Ed: “2012 Farm Bill includes a strong conservation title … the time for action is now”

Op-Ed: "2012 Farm Bill includes a strong conservation title … the time for action is now" National conservation group today agrees with hundreds of conservation organizations across the country in supporting Senate Farm Bill's approach to streamlining and strengthening conservation efforts in 2012 Farm Bill. President of National Association of Conservation Districts says: "The 2012 Farm Bill includes a strong Conservation Title that helps producers implement conservation practice… Continue Reading


06.11.12

Chairwoman Stabenow: Report on Rural Economy Further Illustrates Need for Swift Farm Bill Passage

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that a new report showing that America's rural economy is helping to drive the country's economic recovery further illustrates the need to pass a Farm Bill before the current bill expires, to give farmers and other small businesses the certainty they need to create jobs. Chairwoman Stabenow's remarks come following the release of a report by the White House on the agricultural econ… Continue Reading


06.07.12

In Case You Missed It… Washington Post: “Slimmed-down farm bill” slashes billions in subsidies

Washington Post: "Slimmed-down farm bill" slashes billions in subsidies Washington Post: "The farm bill…was always a bloated, contentious piece of legislation that grew larger and more expensive as it lumbered through Congress. But the farm bill that the Senate will begin debating Thursday is a considerably slimmed-down version of previous incarnations…The bill, which sets the nation's agricultural and food policy for the next five years, enjoys rare bipartisan support and could… Continue Reading


06.07.12

90 Senators Vote to Proceed to 2012 Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate cleared a procedural hurdle today and voted to proceed to consideration of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (the Farm Bill), with strong bipartisan support on a vote of 90-8. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts, the Committee's Ranking Member, co-authored the bipartisan reform bill that ends unnecessary subsidies, saves taxpayers $23 billion, and helps America's agricultu… Continue Reading


06.06.12

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts Highlight Reforms of Farm Bill, Call for Swift Senate Passage

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts, the Committee's Ranking Member, today urged the Senate to swiftly pass the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (the Farm Bill), which reforms agriculture policy and saves more than $23 billion in taxpayer money by streamlining and consolidating programs and ending unnecessary farm subsidies. While saving taxpayer dollars, the bill strengthens initiatives tha… Continue Reading


06.06.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Floor Remarks on Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today delivered the below remarks on the Senate floor, discussing the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 - which passed Committee with a strong bipartisan vote (16-5) and is now being considered by the full Senate. Floor Statement of Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Consideration of S.3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act… Continue Reading


05.24.12

Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 Officially Introduced in U.S. Senate

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (S.3240) has been officially introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill, authored by Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Sen. Pat Roberts, is a bipartisan bill that reforms U.S. food and farm policy to save taxpayers $23 billion while strengthening and streamlining programs to continue allowing the agricultural economy to grow.… Continue Reading


05.18.12

Chairwoman Stabenow: It Is Time To Fully Implement Wall Street Reform

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today strongly urged the officials charged with overseeing the implementation of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to finalize new rules to protect the U.S. economy and the investors, consumers and businesses that rely on the stability of markets. Chairwoman Stabenow said the Agriculture Committee will hold hearings on the implementation of Wall Street Reform in the coming w… Continue Reading


05.15.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Commemorates 150th Anniversary of USDA, Highlights Strength and Importance of American Agriculture

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today commemorated the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 150th anniversary by highlighting the progress made over the last 150 years as well as the work that remains to be done to ensure that America's agricultural economy can continue growing. Below is the Chairwoman's floor statement. "Mr. President, I rise today to congratulate the United States Department of Agriculture on 150 years of se… Continue Reading


05.03.12

Widespread Praise for the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (the 2012 Farm Bill)

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, led the Committee in considering and approving the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, last Thursday with broad bipartisan support. The bill reforms food and agricultural policy by eliminating direct payments, consolidating programs and ending duplication, and cracking down on abuse in food assistance programs. This new Farm Bill saves $23 billion while strengtheni… Continue Reading


04.30.12

Bipartisan Praise for the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (the 2012 Farm Bill)

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, led the Committee in considering and approving the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, last Thursday with broad bipartisan support. The bill reforms food and agricultural policy by eliminating direct payments, consolidating programs and ending duplication, and cracking down on abuse in food assistance programs. This new Farm Bill saves $23 billion while strengthen… Continue Reading


04.27.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Withdrawal of Farm Labor Rule

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Labor's move to withdraw a controversial farm labor rule that would have prevented many young people from working on family farms. Chairwoman Stabenow has been a vocal opponent to the rule, urging the Department earlier this year to reconsider and solicit public input before making any new changes to the "parental exemption" of its rule related to child … Continue Reading


04.26.12

Senate Agriculture Committee Approves Farm Bill with Broad Bipartisan Support

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today voted to approve the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, a bipartisan Farm Bill authored by Committee Chairwoman Senator Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Senator Pat Roberts. The bill reforms food and agricultural policy by eliminating direct payments and emphasizing the need to strengthen risk management tools for farmers, saving billions of dollars. Overall, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 w… Continue Reading


04.26.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Opening Statement at Senate Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Mark-Up

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today delivered the following statement at the opening of the Committee's meeting to consider and mark-up the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012. "This Committee is unique. Our hearing room doesn't have a raised dais; instead we sit together around a table, not unlike the tables that America's farmers sit around after a long day's work. The work we do around this table is hard. Fa… Continue Reading


04.25.12

MF Global Trustee Heeds Call from Stabenow and Roberts, Agrees to not Pay Bonuses to MF Global Executives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Committee's Ranking Member, today applauded MF Global Trustee Louis Freeh for heeding their call to drop any possible plan to pay bonuses to MF Global executives. MF Global's bankruptcy last year, the eighth largest in U.S. history, resulted in a loss of as much as $1.6 billion of the firm's customer's money. Thousands of farmers, ranchers and small … Continue Reading


04.24.12

Senate Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Mark-Up Postponed

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the postponement of tomorrow morning's farm bill mark-up. "The Agriculture Committee has made significant progress and have bipartisan agreement on the bulk of the Farm Bill. We are committed to continuing to work together in a bipartisan way as we come to agreement on a few outstanding issues. This is a bill that impacts 16 million jobs and a huge… Continue Reading


04.24.12

Stabenow and Roberts: US Beef and Dairy Safeguards Protect Public Health, Livestock

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Committee's Ranking Member, today said that the USDA's proven firewalls and internationally recognized safeguards that protect against potential cases of BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) worked as intended. Earlier today, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an atypical result on a random test of a dairy cow at a rendering plant in Californ… Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow