Minority News

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


04.20.12

Chairwoman's Summary of the 2012 Farm Bill Committee Print

The Committee Print of the 2012 Farm Bill reforms farm policy, consolidates and streamlines programs, and will reduce the deficit by $23 billion. This bill saves taxpayers money while strengthening initiatives that help farmers, ranchers and small business owners create American jobs. Eliminates Direct Payments while Strengthening Risk Management Farmers face unique risks unlike other businesses. Weather and market conditions outside a producer's control can have devastating effects. A risk m… Continue Reading


03.27.12

Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts’ Resolution Opposing Bonuses for MF Global Executives Passes Senate Unanimously

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts, the Committee's Ranking Member, today introduced and passed a bipartisan resolution opposing bonuses for MF Global executives, with unanimous support in the Senate. According to news reports, Louis Freeh, the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of MF Global Holding Ltd, may submit a plan in the coming weeks asking a bankruptcy judge to pay bonuses to top MF Global execu… Continue Reading


03.27.12

Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts Introducing Bipartisan Resolution Opposing Bonuses for MF Global Executives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts, the Committee's Ranking Member, announced they are introducing today a resolution opposing bonuses for MF Global executives. According to news reports, Louis Freeh, the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of MF Global Holding Ltd, may submit a plan in the coming weeks asking a bankruptcy judge to pay bonuses to top MF Global executives-even though the company is now ban… Continue Reading


03.20.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Issues Statement on Cuts to Agriculture in Proposed House Budget

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement on the budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: "The budget proposed in the House today is irresponsible and undermines one of the few sectors in our economy that is growing and creating jobs. We must reduce the deficit in all areas of the budget, including agriculture, but we must do that in a way that does not hurt the economy. L… Continue Reading


03.15.12

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts, Agriculture Committee Members: No Bonuses for MF Global Executives

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Senator Pat Roberts, the Committee's Ranking Member, and all members of the Committee today urged Louis Freeh, the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of MF Global Holding Ltd, not to award bonuses to top executives, "who should be held accountable for the failure of their company." MF Global's bankruptcy last year, the eighth largest in U.S. history, resulted in an estimated $1.6 billion in mi… Continue Reading


03.15.12

At Final Farm Bill Hearing, Chairwoman Stabenow Underscores Importance of Risk Management, Reform

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that strengthening crop insurance and reforming farm programs are top priorities for her as the Committee works to develop strong risk management tools for farmers. Chairwoman Stabenow's comments came during the final Farm Bill hearing focused on commodity programs and risk management. "Every planting season, America's farmers take a huge gamble that their investment will pay off … Continue Reading


03.09.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Action to Boost U.S. Beef Exports

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 published a new comprehensive BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) rule that will ensure other countries aren't able to place non-tariff trade barriers on U.S. beef. Chairwoman Stabenow urged the Office of Management and Budget last month to take action on this issue. "Bo… Continue Reading


03.08.12

In Case You Missed It...

Senator Debbie Stabenow, 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 can both create jobs and reduce the deficit. Chairwoman Stabenow says Congress must pass a Farm Bill this year and not kick the can down the road with any piecemeal short-term extension - to provide certainty that farmers and small businesses need to continue investing and growing. Chairwoman Stabenow said t… Continue Reading


03.07.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Highlights Importance of Locally Grown Food in Creating Jobs, Providing Greater Access to Healthy Foods

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said locally grown foods are helping to create new market opportunities for farmers and agriculture producers across the country, while also helping to provide families greater access to healthy and nutritious foods. She said regional food hubs and local food systems are a 'win-win' for agriculture, and are helping to create jobs and re-introduce agriculture to a younger generation of u… Continue Reading


03.05.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Introduces New “Grow it Here, Make it Here” Bio-Based Manufacturing Initiative, to Help Create Jobs

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today introduced a new Grow it Here, Make it Here initiative to advance the emerging bio-based manufacturing industry, using agriculture goods to make value-added products and create jobs. Chairwoman Stabenow's new initiatives would increase access to capital for bio-based manufacturers, improve marketing of bio-based products, spur the commercialization of new agricultural innovations, and s… Continue Reading


02.28.12

Chairwoman Stabenow: Conservation Essential to Long-Term Productivity of Agriculture and Forestry

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said conservation is essential to producing a healthy and affordable food supply and is important now more than ever to creating new jobs and protecting our land and water. She also noted the need to continue focusing on program simplification, consolidation, flexibility and accountability. "Conservation helps farmers and ranchers to produce food, feed, fuel and fiber while taking ca… Continue Reading


02.27.12

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts Urge IRS to Provide Income Tax Guidance to Former MF Global Customers

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Ranking Member Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Ks.) today urged the Internal Revenue Service to provide former MF Global customers, who may need to file their taxes with incomplete information, with guidance as income tax filing deadlines are approaching. The firm filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 31, 2011 after revealing that hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money had gone missing. … Continue Reading


02.15.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Underscores Farm Bill’s Role in Creating Jobs, Long Term Economic Growth in Rural America

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said the Farm Bill will continue to play a major role in helping businesses create jobs in rural America. Today's hearing, building on the twelve public hearings held in 2011, focused on rural development, bio-based manufacturing and Farm Bill energy initiatives. By focusing on streamlining, cutting red tape and making programs more accessible, rural towns are able to build and improv… Continue Reading


02.13.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on the President’s FY2013 Budget Request

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's 2013 Budget Request. "Last Fall, the Senate and House Agriculture Committees developed a fiscally responsible, bipartisan recommendation to cut the agriculture budget by $23 billion while strengthening programs to be more efficient and cost-effective. By eliminating direct payments and bolstering risk management… Continue Reading


02.01.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Reversal 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 go back to the drawing board on a controversial farm labor rule that would have prevented many young people from working on family farms. After the Department first proposed the new rule, Senator Stabenow encouraged the Department to reconsider and solicit public input before making any new changes to the "parental exemption" of its rule… Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow