Minority News

05.10.18

Stabenow, Roberts Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Farmer Veterans

WASHINGTON - Today, leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow and Chairman Pat Roberts, introduced new legislation that expands support for military veterans in agriculture. The Farmer Veteran Opportunity Act of 2018 makes all new veterans eligible for support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The bill also improves access for farmer veterans across eight existing initiatives to make risk management tools more afford… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the State of Rural America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at the hearing titled "The State of Rural America" featuring Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. First, I'd like to welcome Senator Hyde-Smith to our Committee. Senator Cochran left big shoes to fill-howeve… Continue Reading


04.18.18

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on House Agriculture Committee Passage of Partisan Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the House Agriculture Committee passage of H.R. 2 - Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018: "In 2014, we were successful in passing a landmark Farm Bill because we had a broad, bipartisan coalition including farmers, conservationists, nutrition and local food advocates, rural communities and others working tog… Continue Reading


04.17.18

Ag Committee Senators Call for National Security Review of Brazilian Acquisition of U.S. Beef Company

WASHINGTON -Today, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), joined Agriculture Committee members U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to urge the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review the proposed purchase of National Beef Packing Co. by a Brazilian meat company. "The security, safety, and resiliency of our food system is integral to the overall s… Continue Reading


04.03.18

Senator Stabenow Applauds Progress to Provide Relief for Dairy Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement allowing dairy farmers to sign up for much-needed support through the new-and-improved Margin Protection Program. Stabenow secured the new assistance for dairy farmers in the recent Bipartisan Budget Act, which offers retroactive coverage to the beginning of the year. The recent improvemen… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Rural Investments, Forestry Package in Omnibus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the Fiscal Year 2018 budget bill will include new investments for rural communities and a long-awaited forestry package that fixes the U.S. Forest Service budget. "This bipartisan budget bill includes new investments in our small towns and rural communities in Michigan and across the country," said Senator Stabenow. "These investments will expa… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on USDA Inspector General Report on Forest Service Misconduct

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry issued the following statement in response to a new interim report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Inspector General, which includes recommendations to improve the process for investigating sexual harassment and misconduct complaints within the U.S. Forest Service. This report was released a day after the resignation of the U.S. … Continue Reading


02.28.18

Stabenow, Grassley Press USDA on Farm Payments to Deceased Farmers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and senior Agriculture Committee member U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) raised concerns with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) regarding farm program payments that are made to the estates of deceased farmers. "We must be careful stewards of taxpayer money and work to avoid wasteful payments," said the Senators. "As we prepare to wri… Continue Reading


02.27.18

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Northey Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate confirmation of Bill Northey to serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. "While his confirmation is long overdue, I am pleased that Mr. Northey can finally serve our farmers and ranchers at USDA. I strongly supported Mr. Northey's nomination and I look fo… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the State of the CFTC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at the hearing entitled "State of the CFTC: Examining Pending Rules, Cryptocurrency Regulation, and Cross-Border Agreements." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Good morning. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this very important hearing. I'd like to welcome our newes… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Senator Stabenow Hosts Michigan Veteran to Share Perspective on the Importance of the Farmer Veterans Programs in the Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today hosted Nick Babcock, President of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan, to share his story as a farmer veteran and discuss the importance of incentives in the Farm Bill with Senators and leaders of the veteran community. Babcock was one of seven veteran leaders from across the country that participated in the discussion hosted by Senators. "Our veterans put their lives on the line to serve our country and shouldn't stand at the ba… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Trump Administration Budget Cuts to Agriculture and Rural America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's fiscal year 2019 budget request. The proposal cuts the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by 16 percent, on top of cutting Farm Bill investments by $260 billion - a $30 billion increase in Farm Bill cuts from the previous year's proposal. "The Trump Administration's budget proposal… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Stabenow: Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal to Improve Dairy Safety Net

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced the U.S. Senate has reached a deal to provide immediate support for dairy producers. The bipartisan Senate budget agreement will provide over $1 billion to support dairy farmers. The deal will also return cotton to the commodity safety net and strengthen disaster assistance for livestock and specialty crop producers. "This is the support that d… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Stabenow Echoes Bipartisan Call to Confirm Northey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today joined Senate colleagues on the floor to call for the immediate confirmation of Bill Northey, the nominee to serve as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. The Senate Agriculture Committee reported his nomination to the floor on October 19 with unanimous bipartisan support. For over three months, Northey's nomination … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Ag Committee Democrats Seek Information on Senior Career Employee Reassignments at USDA

WASHINGTON - Today, the ten Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry wrote a letter to Stephen Vaden, the Trump administration's nominee for General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to seek more information regarding the reassignments of several high-level career employees at USDA. Since January 20, USDA has reassigned at least a dozen Senior Executive Service (SES) employees. Recently, questions were raised to the Senate Agr… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Senators Press U.S. Forest Service on Greater Sage-Grouse Review

WASHINGTON - Today, 13 Senators wrote a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke to request information about the agency's role in the Trump Administration's review of 2015 plans to protect the imperiled greater sage-grouse. In a Federal Register notice last month, the U.S. Forest Service signaled that the agency may be seeking potential changes to the 2015 plans. Because modifying the plans could have a significant economic impact on rural communities, the Senators asked for details on … Continue Reading


12.13.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Agricultural Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at the hearing entitled "Safeguarding American Agriculture in a Globalized World." Stabenow's statement follows: Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding such an important hearing. I know you have long been a champion for a strong agro-defense system, and we are all grateful for your vigilance. I… Continue Reading


12.11.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Senate Agriculture Committee Vote to Advance Vaden

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today issued the following statement after the vote to advance Stephen Vaden, the nominee to be General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "Though this has not been an easy decision, today I voted to report Mr. Vaden out of Committee. With the 2018 Farm Bill right around the corner, it is critical that the Agriculture Committee continues … Continue Reading


12.01.17

Senators: USDA Did Not Recommend Removal of Forest Service Land in Trump National Monument Review

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, raised concerns to U.S. President Donald Trump regarding reports that his administration will significantly reduce the size of several National Monuments containing U.S. Forest Service land, despite not having a specific reco… Continue Reading


11.30.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Release of Final RFS Volumes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) announcement. "The RFS is an important driver of Michigan jobs and our bio-based economy. If America wants to be a leader in renewable fuel production, the EPA must make stronger commitments across the board. Today's announcement falls sh… Continue Reading

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