Minority News

03.24.16

Senators Call On Treasury Department To Review ChemChina’s Acquisition of Syngenta

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, today led a bipartisan letter co-signed by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) - members of the Senate Agriculture Committee - calling on the U.S. Department of the Treasury to review China National Chemical Corporation's (ChemChina) proposed acquisition of Syngenta for any potential effects on U.S. national security and the American food s… Continue Reading


03.15.16

Stabenow Statement on Roberts Voluntary GMO Labeling Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following statement upon the release of an updated GMO food labeling bill released by Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS). The Senate is set to vote on this proposal with limited debate and amendments as soon as this week. "Unfortunately, the Roberts proposal is nothing more than the status quo for consumers who want information about th… Continue Reading


03.01.16

Ranking Member Stabenow: Consumers Demand More Than Voluntary Program

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 - following today's Committee markup of Chairman Roberts' biotechnology labeling bill. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. As we know, this Committee has a proud tradition of working across party lines to get things done. We passed a Farm Bill in … Continue Reading


02.09.16

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on the President’s FY2017 Budget Request

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's FY2017 budget request. "President Obama has been a steadfast champion for American agriculture, rural communities, and families of all walks of life," Ranking Member Stabenow said. "This budget request continues that leadership by calling for an expansion of many key areas of the F… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Child Nutrition Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today held a business meeting where bipartisan legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs was favorably reported out of the Agriculture Committee. The legislation, "Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016," reforms and reauthorizes child nutrition programs under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of … Continue Reading


12.16.15

Roberts, Stabenow: Child Nutrition Top Priority in New Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced that the Committee will hold a business meeting in January 2016 to markup bipartisan legislation reauthorizing child nutrition programs. "Child nutrition reauthorization will be the Committee's first priority in the new year," said Chair… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Global Hunger

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 global hunger. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing. I'd like to give a warm welcome to Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Krysta has been a steadfast champion for America's f… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Roberts, Stabenow Applaud Action to Restore Cuts to Crop Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today applauded action in the transportation conference report that would restore $3 billion in cuts to crop insurance. "I appreciate the dedication to America's farmers shown by our leadership today in ensuring crop insurance remains the number one tool in our producers' risk management tool box," Chairman Pat Roberts said. "I thank Leader McConnell, Senator Cornyn, Senato… Continue Reading


11.30.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Release of Final RFS Volumes

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 regarding EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard announcement. "The Renewable Fuel Standard has proven to be an effective tool for strengthening our advanced biofuels industry and creating a clean energy future," Stabenow said. "We should be building on that progress by fully implementing the targets established by Congress. While tod… Continue Reading


11.05.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Wildfires

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 wildfires. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for convening this important hearing. I would like to welcome our witnesses - and give a special welcome to Chris Wood with Trout Unlimited which was founded in my home state of … Continue Reading


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 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

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