Minority News

06.10.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Oversight Hearing Focusing on Accountability in Farm Bill Programs

Washington, DC - Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced the Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. in room G50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The oversight hearing will focus on accountability in the Farm Bill, and the importance of measuring performance while eliminating duplication and waste. The hearing, "Farm Bill Accountability: The Importance of Measuring Performanc… Continue Reading


06.10.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces CFTC Oversight Hearing Examining Wall Street Reform One Year Later

Washington, DC - Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced the Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. in room 328 of the Russell Senate Office Building. The oversight hearing will focus on implementation of Title VII of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and will examine its progress nearly one year after the reform was passed by Congress. Witnesses will include the H… Continue Reading


05.26.11

Chairwoman Stabenow: American Agriculture Meeting Demands of a Growing World, Facing Many Challenges

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that innovation in American agriculture can help revolutionize global farming in order to successfully meet the needs of a growing and diverse world, but still faces many challenges to continue leading the world in productivity, innovation and sustainability. Her comments came during the first Farm Bill hearing, as the Committee prepares to reauthorize the l… Continue Reading


05.25.11

Chairwoman Stabenow, Senator Cochran Introduce Bipartisan Veterinary Services Investment Act

Washington, DC -Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) today introduced the bipartisan Veterinary Services Investment Act. The legislation would help address the shortage of veterinarians in rural agricultural areas by supporting veterinary education and rural recruitment. Many of the targeted areas to benefit from the legislation specialize in livestock and other large animals, whose health … Continue Reading


04.08.11

Senator Roberts and Chairwoman Stabenow to Taiwan’s President Ma: US Beef Safe, Meets Internationally Recognized Sound Science Standards

U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Ranking Member and Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee today sent a bipartisan letter to Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou regarding recent efforts to restrict U.S. beef exports to Taiwan. The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Barrasso (R-WY), John Boozman (R-AR), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mike Enzi (R-WY)… Continue Reading


04.07.11

Stabenow, Johnson, Lucas, Bachus Send Bicameral, Bipartisan Letter

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) and U.S. Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Spencer Bachus (R-AL) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Secretary Gary Gensler, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Schapiro yesterday urging them to provide an exemption from margin requirements for end-user transactions. As the Chairs of the principa… Continue Reading


04.06.11

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts Announce Final Subcommittee Assignments for Ag Committee

Washington, DC - Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Ranking Member Senator Pat Roberts, R-KS, today announced assignments for the Committee's five subcommittees for the 112th Congress. A full list of the subcommittees and member assignments follows here: Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management Democrats Nelson, Chairman Conrad Baucus Brown Bennet Gillibr… Continue Reading


03.31.11

Stabenow, Klobuchar, Moran, Roberts Introduce Bipartisan Bill Setting Five-Year Depreciation Schedule for Farming Equipment

Today U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced bipartisan legislation that would amend the U.S. tax code to permanently set a five-year depreciation schedule for agricultural equipment. The current tax code sets a seven-year depreciation schedule for agricultural equipment, while the depreciation schedule for construction equipment - which is similar in use and life span to farming equipment - is five years. Changing the de… Continue Reading


03.30.11

Chairwoman Stabenow: Rising Gas Prices Threaten Job Growth, Economic Recovery

Washington, DC - Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that spikes in gas prices are "squeezing farmers and middle class families" and could be putting as many as 600,000 jobs at risk. The remarks came at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing examining how new CFTC rules and biofuels can help address high gas prices."Certainly in Michigan and across the country, high prices are squeezing farmers and middle cl… Continue Reading


03.29.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces First Farm Bill Field Hearing in East Lansing, Michigan

Washington, DC - Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced the Committee's first Farm Bill field hearing will be held on April 9 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. The hearing, "Opportunities for Growth: Michigan and the 2012 Farm Bill," will focus on the upcoming reauthorization of the Farm Bill, examining agriculture as well as energy, conservation, rural development, research, forestry and nutri… Continue Reading


03.29.11

Chairwoman Stabenow: I’m Committed to Getting New Rules Right

Washington, DC - Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said as new rules are written for the swaps market, she's committed to using her position to make sure the rules protect against crises like the market meltdown that left 8 million Americans jobless. Stabenow made the comments during a forum sponsored by Managed Funds Association (MFA), Institutional Investors and The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation… Continue Reading


03.15.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Ag Committee Staff

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the below statement, following the announcement of staff selections for the Committee. "We have assembled a talented team with a breadth of experience that captures American agriculture's diversity," Stabenow said. "As I've said before, this team understands the needs and concerns of our nation's farmers, growers and agricultural producer… Continue Reading


03.15.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement Following Meeting with Vilsack, Jackson, Committee Members

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the below statement following a meeting with Committee Members, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. "The meeting with Secretary Vilsack and Administrator Jackson was an opportunity for Senators to share our concerns about regulations on America's farmers, ranchers, and foresters. This discussion that is being esta… Continue Reading


03.08.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement Following Meeting with Vilsack, Jackson,

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the below statement following a meeting with Committee Members, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. "The meeting with Secretary Vilsack and Administrator Jackson was an opportunity for Senators to share our concerns about regulations on America's farmers, ranchers, and foresters. This discussion that is being established by the Committee … Continue Reading


03.04.11

Chairwoman Stabenow: Derivatives Regulations Must Work for Consumers and Businesses

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that derivatives market regulations must work for both consumers and businesses as agencies prepare to implement the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Chairwoman Stabenow's comments, made during a Committee oversight hearing, highlighted the benefits of effective oversight, and the need to take measures that would prevent another 8 mill… Continue Reading


03.04.11

Chairwoman Stabenow: Derivatives Regulations Must Work for Consumers and Businesses

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that derivatives market regulations must work for both consumers and businesses as agencies prepare to implement the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Chairwoman Stabenow's comments, made during a Committee oversight hearing, highlighted the benefits of effective oversight, and the need to take measures that would prevent another 8 million jobs from bei… Continue Reading


02.24.11

Chairwoman Stabenow: Focus on Principles, Not Programs in Writing 2012 Farm Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, said that as the Committee begins focusing on the 2012 Farm Bill, she will urge members and stakeholders to first focus on the guiding principles of the Farm Bill, rather than specific programs. "As we look at the next Farm Bill, we need to make the best use of our limited dollars, and make sure we're using them on programs and policies that work for producti… Continue Reading


02.18.11

Chairwoman Stabenow: American Agriculture Supports 16 Million Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, said today that American agriculture is supporting 16 million jobs and is one of few industries leading the economic recovery. Stabenow made the comments at the Committee's first hearing of the 112th Congress, where Members and witnesses examined agriculture's effect on the U.S. economy. "Rarely have we seen a more positive outlook for the agricultural economy… Continue Reading


02.07.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds USDA’s Deregulation of Sugar Beets

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to deregulate Roundup Ready sugar beets, noting the decision will provide the certainty farmers need to plant their 2011 crops and bolster Michigan's thriving sugar beet industry. "Sugar beets are a major economic driver of Michigan's agriculture industry," Stabenow said. "Michigan is on the leading edge of na… Continue Reading


02.04.11

Chairwoman Stabenow Endorses USDA Move to Deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, expressed support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision today to deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa, but cautioned that flaws in the current biotechnology regulatory system, caused by multiple lawsuits, must be addressed to provide certainty for industry investors, farmers and consumers. "I applaud the USDA's decision to deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa, … Continue Reading

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