Minority News

10.28.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds State of Michigan-U.S. Forest Service Agreement to Help Sustain National Forests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service for taking a major step forward toward restoring three National forests in Michigan. "Michigan's forests are treasures that must be well managed so future generations can enjoy their beauty," Stabenow said. "This agreement between the Michigan Department of Nature Resource… Continue Reading


10.28.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Decision to Create Rapid Response Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the decision by The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to create a new rapid response program to help protect farmers and consumers from threats to our food supply. "Today marks an important step forward in establishing the Farm Bill's new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research," Stabenow said. "This rapid response program - modele… Continue Reading


10.28.15

Agriculture Committee Leaders Host Actor Jeff Bridges for Conversation on Ending Childhood Hunger

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) - ranking member and chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry -today met with Academy Award-winning actor and longtime hunger advocate Jeff Bridges to hear firsthand his interest in ending childhood hunger. Senate Agriculture Committee members Sens. John Boozman (R-AR), Robert Casey (D-PA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) also joined the conversation. "In America, no child should ever go to … Continue Reading


10.21.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Agriculture Biotechnology

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing on agriculture biotechnology. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you Mr. Chairman. I would also like to thank the Administration officials and food industry leaders for testifying today. You bring important perspectives to this conversation and I … Continue Reading


10.02.15

Senators Call On Trade Ambassador to Defend American Sugar, Dairy Producers in TPP Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ongoing, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today led a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman pointing to the importance of strong trade outcomes for American sugar and dairy producers. The letter was signed by Senators Bennet, Brown, Gillibrand, Heitkamp, Klobuchar, and Leahy, members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Regardi… Continue Reading


10.02.15

Senators Call On Trade Ambassador to Defend American Sugar, Dairy Producers in TPP Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ongoing, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today led a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman pointing to the importance of strong trade outcomes for American sugar and dairy producers. The letter was signed by Senators Bennet, Brown, Gillibrand, Heitkamp, Klobuchar, and Leahy, members of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Regardi… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds President Signing Bipartisan Reauthorization Package into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded President Obama for signing into law the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015. The Act included three bipartisan reauthorizations: Mandatory Price Reporting, the National Forest Foundation Act, and the U.S. Grain Standards Act. "This bipartisan law ensures our nation's farmers, foresters, and ranchers have the tools they need for success," Ra… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Announces Senate Passage of Bipartisan Reauthorization Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced Senate passage of three bipartisan reauthorizations: Mandatory Price Reporting, the National Forest Foundation Act, and the U.S. Grain Standards Act. The package, which passed Committee by voice vote, was approved by unanimous consent. "These important reauthorizations illustrate what can be accomplished when we put partisanship aside and focus on… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Announces Committee Passage of Bipartisan Reauthorization Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced Committee passage of three bipartisan reauthorizations: Mandatory Price Reporting, the National Forest Foundation Act, and the U.S. Grain Standards Act. A summary of the three bills can be found HERE. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you Mr. Chairman. I'd like to thank you - and our colleagues in the House - fo… Continue Reading


08.14.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Opening of U.S. Embassy in Cuba

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the opening of the first U.S. Embassy in Cuba since 1961. Stabenow visited Cuba in January 2015 as part of a congressional delegation seeking to normalize trade relations between the countries. That visit marked Stabenow's second visit to the nation. "Today marks a historic step forward in advancing our relationship with the Cuban people," Stabenow… Continue Reading


08.07.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds First Large Scale Forest Restoration Project Under Expanded Good Neighbor Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, applauded the U.S. Forest Service for finalizing the first large scale restoration project under the agency's expanded Good Neighbor Authority (GNA). The project - expected to treat 6,000 acres and increase timber production to more than 100 million board feet annually on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest - is seen as a template for other national forests. G… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Senators Stabenow, Brown, Donnelly Urge Agriculture Secretary to Take Immediate Action to Help Improve Water Quality in Lake Erie

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With another large algal bloom in Lake Erie expected this summer, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to develop a comprehensive strategy to help communities improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). "In order to address these important issues, we must take comprehensive actions now … Continue Reading


07.23.15

Hoeven, Stabenow Introduce Voluntary COOL Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today introduced the Voluntary Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and Trade Enhancement Act of 2015.The measure is designed to prevent retaliatory trade sanctions by Canada and Mexico, yet still allow voluntary labeling of beef, pork and chicken that is produced in the United States. The Hoeven-Stabenow measure positions the U.S. to avoid retaliatory tariffs by repeal… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Five Year Anniversary of Wall Street Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the passage of Wall Street reform. "Five years ago our economy was brought to the brink of collapse due to the risky financial practices of some on Wall Street," Ranking Member Stabenow said. "Since that time, we have made significant strides, including bringing the over the counter swaps market o… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Forestry Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing on pending legislation impacting forestry policy in the United States. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you Mr. Chairman for convening this important hearing. I would like to welcome Robert Bonnie - Undersecretary for Natural Resource… Continue Reading


07.07.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Avian Influenza

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing on avian influenza. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you Mr. Chairman for convening this important and timely hearing. Also, thank you to our witnesses for testifying today. I look forward to hearing your perspectives on this issue. W… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Country of Origin Labeling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing on country-of-origin labeling (COOL). On Wednesday, Stabenow released a draft proposal that offers a pathway forward on COOL in the wake of the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling. Stabenow's draft proposal would remove beef and pork mandatory labeling provisions und… Continue Reading


06.24.15

In Advance of Hearing, Ranking Member Stabenow Releases Proposal on Country of Origin Labeling

WASHINGTON, D.C. -In advance of this week's hearing, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry - today released a draft proposal that offers a pathway forward on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) in the wake of the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling. "This approach is a pathway to finding a solution on country of origin labeling," Stabenow said. "COOL serves an important role for consumers and industry. However,… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Subcommittee Passage of House Agriculture Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement on Subcommittee passage of the House agriculture appropriations bill. "This bill shortchanges American agriculture, business owners, rural communities, and families by re-opening the Farm Bill to additional cuts," Ranking Member Stabenow said. "This bill also undoes important reforms that help save tax dollars, like limiting… Continue Reading


06.17.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds New Report Showing Grow It Here, Make It Here Initiative Strengthens Economy, Supports Millions of American Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing the economic benefits of the biobased industry in the United States. The in-depth report, which Stabenow called for in her 2014 Farm Bill, found that four million American jobs are related to the biobased industry, contributing $369 billion to the economy. Additionally, USDA announc… Continue Reading

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