Minority News

03.18.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Bipartisan Coronavirus Bill Passed by the Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement after the Senate passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes more than $1 billion to provide nutritious food to pregnant women and mothers with young children, help food banks, and provide meals to families and seniors. "During this public health crisis, it is vital that we ensure families in Michigan and … Continue Reading


03.12.20

Stabenow Joins Thune to Introduce Legislation to Provide Flexibility for Harvesting and Grazing Cover Crops on Prevented Plant Acres

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to introduce the Cover Crop Flexibility Act of 2020 (S. 3479), legislation to permanently remove the prohibition on harvesting or grazing cover crops on prevented plant acres prior to November 1. This legislation was inspired by Stabenow and Thune's 2019 efforts that led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) … Continue Reading


03.12.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Agriculture Innovation and Biotechnology

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing titled "Agriculture Innovation and the Federal Biotechnology Regulatory Framework." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Welcome to our witnesses and thank you for providing valuable testimony. Innovation is the foundation of American agriculture. From breakt… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Following a Request from Stabenow and Grijalva, USDA Inspector General to Investigate Grant Used to Weaken Protections for the Tongass National Forest

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-3), Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General will investigate whether the U.S. Forest Service improperly granted funds to the State of Alaska that were used to weaken protections for the Tongass National Forest. "The Tongass is America's l… Continue Reading


02.18.20

GAO Launches Stabenow-Requested Investigation into USDA Trade Aid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced the Government Accountability Office (GAO) opened an investigation into the integrity of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) aid to farmers affected by the Trump Administration's trade policies. "It's clear that the Trump Administration's trade assistance payments pick winners and losers rather than help the farmers who have been hit the hardest by th… Continue Reading


02.13.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds USDA Farm Bill Implementation of Regional Conservation Partnerships

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) interim final rule to implement improvements to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program in the 2018 Farm Bill: "In the Farm Bill, we strengthened conservation partnerships to expand the innovative work happening in Michigan and across the country to protect our land an… Continue Reading


02.12.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Questions Climate Censorship at U.S. Forest Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, raised concerns over alleged climate censorship in a U.S. Forest Service environmental review. According to recent news reports, a deputy official instructed an employee to remove all references to climate change and greenhouse gasses in a federal register notice. "I have repeatedly raised concerns about this Administration's attempts to suppress science and interfer… Continue Reading


02.10.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Trump Administration Budget

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal. The Administration calls for a $21.8 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), on top of a $239 billion cut to Farm Bill investments. "After three years of consistent cuts, the Trump Administration has continued to neglect agriculture an… Continue Reading


02.06.20

Ranking Member Stabenow: New Analysis Shows Continued Bias in Trump Trade Assistance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released a new analysis revealing that the Trump Administration is continuing to show bias in distributing aid to farmers affected by their chaotic trade policies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the final installment of the second year of Market Facilitation Program payments without addressing vast disparities, which hav… Continue Reading


01.30.20

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on CFTC Position Limits Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released a statement regarding the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) reproposed rule on speculative position limits, which protect consumers from irresponsible commodity trading that has caused unnecessary spikes in prices for gas and other products: "When Wall Street speculators meddle in our markets, consumers pay the price. Almost 10 year… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Secures Investments for Farmers, Rural Communities in Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding passage of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding bill, which largely rejects the Trump Administration's cuts to the Farm Bill and the USDA. "The funding bill we passed today makes critical investments for our farmers and strengthens our rural communities. I worked across the aisle to secure this funding and reverse… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Supports USMCA Agreement for Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, today announced her support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). As Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, Stabenow worked closely with other Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to modify the agreement proposed by President Trump to include strong trade protections and enforcement tools that are good for Michigan and good for American agriculture. "This trade agreement will provid… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Business Meeting on NBAF, Lands Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement at a business meeting to consider legislation regarding the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) and a package of lands bills. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you Mr. Chairman, for holding today's business meeting to consider two important pieces of legislation. All of us unders… Continue Reading


12.05.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds $24 Million for Farm Bill Climate-Smart Agriculture Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded more than $24 million for 16 projects that integrate innovative conservation practices to help farmers combat the climate crisis and create opportunities to build future carbon markets through soil health initiatives. The funding comes from the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill's On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials - a new component of Conservation Innovation… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Ranking Member Stabenow: Trump Administration’s Final SNAP Rule Targets Part-Time Workers, Ignores Bipartisan Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) rule, which would make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): "This rule could cause one million people to lose their food assistance, while doing nothing to help them find jobs. This Administration is out of touch with families who are struggling t… Continue Reading


11.18.19

Ranking Member Stabenow, Chairman Grijalva Call for Investigation into Grant Used to Weaken Protections for the Tongass National Forest

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, and Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ-3), Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, today requested a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Inspector General investigation into whether the U.S. Forest Service improperly granted funds to the State of Alaska. Reportedly, the state used the grant to support their requested exemption from federal en… Continue Reading


11.15.19

As USDA Announces Second Round of Trade Payments, Ranking Member Stabenow Urges Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments to assist American farmers affected by the Trump Administration's trade policies: "I'm disappointed the Trump Administration has not corrected the serious inequities within their trade assistance program. W… Continue Reading


11.12.19

Senate Democrats Unveil New Report Detailing How Trump Administration Mismanaged Payments to Farmers for Trade Damages

WASHINGTON - A group of Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), released a new report detailing how the Trump Administration is picking winners and losers in their attempt to aid farmers affected by President Trump's turbulent trade agenda. The data shows that in the wake of the trade uncertainty created by the President's actions, the $2… Continue Reading


11.07.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Rural Development and Energy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement at the hearing titled "Implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill: Rural Development and Energy Programs." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Welcome to our witnesses and thank you for being here. Everyone in this room knows that rural America is the backbone of our economy, jus… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Ranking Member Stabenow Secures Farm Bill and Urban Agriculture Investments, Criticizes ERS and NIFA Relocation Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The bill includes an amendment introduced by Ranking Member Stabenow to provide $5 million to set up the new Urban Agriculture Office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorized in the Farm Bill. "By and large, this bipartisan bill rejects the Trump Administration… Continue Reading

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