Minority News

08.08.17

Stabenow Questions USDA Censorship Regarding Use of Term ‘Climate Change’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today asked United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue several questions regarding USDA's removal of the phrase 'climate change" in the agency's communications with farmers, ranchers, and the public. Stabenow's letter follows recent news reports containing dozens of pages of emails showing USDA staff discussing new terms to use in lieu of "cl… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing to Consider CFTC Commissioner Nominees

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 nomination hearing to consider Rostin Behnam, Brian D. Quintenz, and Dawn DeBerry Stump to serve as Commissioners of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Good Morning. I'd like to welcome and congratulate our three n… Continue Reading


07.26.17

Stabenow Invites Michigan Dairy Farmer to Share Perspective at Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, invited Michigan dairy farmer Ken Nobis, president of the Michigan Milk Producers Association, to share the perspective of the state's dairy producers at a Senate hearing on Tuesday. The hearing convened a total of 17 witnesses from across the country to collect feedback from agricultural experts ahead of the drafting of the 2018 Farm Bill. "Dairy is Michig… Continue Reading


07.25.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Commodities, Credit, and Crop Insurance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), 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 "Commodities, Credit, and Crop Insurance: Perspectives on Risk Management Tools and Trends for the 2018 Farm Bill." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you Senator Roberts for holding this very important hearing. I've always sa… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill

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 U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations mark-up of the FY18 Agriculture Appropriation Bill: "This bipartisan bill is a win for our farmers, families, and rural communities. By and large, the bill rejects the Trump administration's shortsighted budget proposal that called for sharp cuts to the Farm Bill and … Continue Reading


07.20.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Recent USDA Nomination Announcements

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 recent announcements of nominees to fill key Senate-confirmed leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). President Donald Trump has formally nominated Steve Censky for USDA Deputy Secretary and has announced his intent to nominate Ted McKinney for USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Ag… Continue Reading


07.14.17

Senators Stabenow, Peters: NAFTA Modernization Should Strengthen Michigan Agriculture

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to strengthen Michigan agriculture during negotiations to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Agriculture is Michigan's second largest industry, and exports of agricultural products support an estimated 26,000 jobs in the state. Canada and Mexico consistently rank among the top destinations for agricultural products produced in Michigan, in… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Behnam Nomination to CFTC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding President Trump's nomination of Rostin "Russ" Behnam to serve as a Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC): "Russ Behnam has a wide range of experience that would make him an excellent CFTC Commissioner. Over the past several years I have known Russ, he has proven to be knowledgeable and jud… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Opportunities in Global and Local Markets, Specialty Crops, and Organics

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 "Opportunities in Global and Local Markets, Specialty Crops, and Organics: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill." Stabenow's statement follows: As we well know, the 2014 Farm Bill supports and celebrates the diversity of American agriculture. Whether you're from a mul… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Agriculture Committee Vote on CFTC Chairman

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, today voted on the nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo to serve as Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee favorably voted the nominee out of the Committee at a business meeting earlier today. "I support the nomination of Chris Giancarlo to serve as Chairman of the CFTC. He has pledged to w… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Conservation and Forestry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), 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 "Conservation and Forestry: Perspectives on the Past and Future Direction for the 2018 Farm Bill" Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this important hearing. As the world population continues to g… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Giancarlo Nomination Hearing

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 nomination hearing to consider the nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo to serve as Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Good Morning. I'd like to welcome back and congratulate Mr. Giancarlo on your… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the Revised U.S. and Mexico Sugar Trade Agreement

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 revised agreement to address sugar trade concerns between the United States and Mexico: "I am pleased that this revised agreement makes improvements to support Michigan sugar beet farmers and the 142,000 jobs this vital industry sustains across the country. I appreciate Secretary Ross and Secretary Perdue's … Continue Reading


06.15.17

Senators Stabenow, Bennet Request Information Regarding USDA’s Role in Trump Administration Review of National Monuments

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) wrote Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to request information about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) role in the Trump Administration's ongoing review of certain national monuments containing acreage managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Stabenow serves as Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, and Bennet holds the same position on the U.S. Senate S… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Agricultural Research

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 "Agricultural Research: Perspectives on the Past and Future Successes for the 2018 Farm Bill." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you Senator Roberts for holding this very important hearing. I'd also like to thank our expert witnesses for … Continue Reading


06.09.17

Stabenow, Merkley Push Back on Trump Administration Plan to Eliminate Key Rural Development Position

WASHINGTON - Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today pushed back on the Trump Administration's plans to eliminate the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development, expressing concern that the elimination of the position will hinder efforts to boost rural development and grow rural economies across the country. Merkley serves as the top Democrat on the Senate's Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, and Stabenow serves in the same… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the U.S. and Mexico Sugar Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, issued the following statement in response to the agreement in principle reached to address sugar trade concerns between the United States and Mexico: "While I appreciate Secretary Ross and Secretary Perdue's work to strengthen trade enforcement with Mexico, our sugar farmers still have concerns that this agreement does not go far enough. We must ensure that t… Continue Reading


05.30.17

Senate Democrats Raise Concerns over President Trump’s Cuts to Rural Development

WASHINGTON - Today, 29 U.S. Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Trump expressing strong concerns over recent actions that would have negative impacts on families in rural America. Last week, President Trump issued a budget proposal calling for drastic cuts that would undermine the important rural development mission at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These damaging cuts come on the heels of recently announced plans to eliminate the USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development, … Continue Reading


05.25.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the Farm and Rural Economy

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 "Examining the Farm Economy: Perspectives on Rural America." Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Mr. Chairman, thank you for convening this important hearing about the state of the farm and rural economy. I'd also like to thank our expert panel wh… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on President Trump's Budget Cuts to Farm Bill Programs and Rural Development

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 2018 budget request. The proposal guts funding from Farm Bill programs by $231 billion, on top of slashing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by 21 percent. "President Trump's budget proposal would leave our farmers, families, and rural communities vulnerable in tou… Continue Reading

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