Minority News

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


06.15.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Announces Key Committee Staff Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced key changes to Committee leadership. After serving with Stabenow since 2007, Staff Director Chris Adamo is headed to the White House Council on Environmental Quality to be Chief of Staff. Replacing Adamo as Staff Director will be Joe Shultz who has served with the Committee since 2011 as Chief Economist. Stabenow also announced that Jonathan Cor… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Students to Congress: Eating Healthier Meals at School Makes Sense and Tastes Great!

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow - Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry - today attended an event featuring high school students from around the country cooking fresh, healthy meals for U.S. Senators. The recipes for the meals, created by the student chefs, follow both the budgets and USDA guidelines that their schools use to create healthy meals for students each day - including the use of whole grain-rich foods, reduced sodium, and p… Continue Reading


06.10.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on House Passage of CFTC Reauthorization Bill

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 following House passage Tuesday evening of legislation reauthorizing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). "The integrity of our financial markets is of the utmost importance. That's why we need to work in a bipartisan way to ensure that the CFTC is equipped with the tools and resources it needs to foster open, transpar… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Administration’s Efforts in Advance of 2015 Wildfire Season

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 Administration's efforts in advance of the 2015 wildfire season. "Today's announcement provides a stark reminder of the importance of targeted and thoughtful policies to help protect our forested ‎communities from the devastation of wildfires," Ranking Member Stabenow said. "As the West continues to grapple with s… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Agriculture Committee Passes Bipartisan Federal Grain Inspection Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today held a business meeting and passed the "U.S. Grains Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015," which authorizes USDA's Federal Grain Inspection Service to establish marketing standards and conduct inspection and weighing for a variety of grains and oilseeds. The Act was last reauthorized in 2005. "This bipartisan legislation provides much needed transparency and predictability throughout the federal g… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds New USDA Policy Prioritizing Partnerships for Regional Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, applauded Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's announcement that USDA will begin implementing a new Farm Bill policy making it easier for small towns and rural communities to come together to compete for federal grant funding. The new Regional Development Priority (RDP) policy was included in Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill. "Michigan's small towns and rural communities… Continue Reading


05.18.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on World Trade Organization Ruling on COOL

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 following the World Trade Organization ruling on country-of-origin labeling. "Consumers have a right to know where their food comes from, and that's why I support Country-of-Origin Labeling," Ranking Member Stabenow said. "I am closely reviewing today's WTO decision. If adjustments are needed, we should find a bipartisan pat… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

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 entitled Regulatory Issues Impacting End-Users and Market Liquidity. Stabenow's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows. Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing regarding issues facing end-users. And thank you Chairman Massad and the end-user re… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing Reviewing Crucial Child Nutrition Programs

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 reviewing critical child nutrition programs. Stabenow's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Thank you Chairman Roberts for convening today's hearing. I look forward to working with you - and members of this Committee - as we continue the work we began last year… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Grain Standards Act

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 opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at today's hearing reviewing the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Stabenow's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this important hearing on the Grain Standards Act. And thank you to the officials and industry representatives for testifying today. You br… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Leads Successful Effort to Prevent Further Cuts to Agriculture Committee in Budget Conference Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today successfully defended the Agriculture Committee from further cuts in the budget conference report. Stabenow's effort was supported by nearly 400 farm, conservation, and nutrition groups from around the country. "There is not much to like with this budget, but at least the hard work and the reforms made by the Agriculture Committees in the Farm Bill have be… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Senator Stabenow Applauds New USDA Initiative to Help Farmers, Ranchers, and Foresters Address Threat of Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded an announcement by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senior White House Advisor Brian Deese to help America's farmers, ranchers, and foresters address the threat of climate change. The announcement was made on the campus of Michigan State University where President Obama signed Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill into law. "Cli… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing Examining Opportunities, Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba

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 entitled "Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture Trade with Cuba." In February 2015, Stabenow joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introducing legislation that would lift the more than 50-year-long Cuban trade embargo. The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, would allow… Continue Reading


04.16.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Named to Budget Conference Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, was appointed to the joint Senate-House conference committee to finalize the Budget Resolution. Stabenow is a senior member of the Senate Committee on the Budget. "With American agriculture supporting nearly 16 million jobs, it's imperative that this budget not undermine the economic certainty that a five year Farm Bill provides farmers and families across the c… Continue Reading


03.24.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Opening Statement at Hearing on Waters of the United States Proposed Rule

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 entitled "Waters of the United States: Stakeholder Perspectives on the Impacts of EPA's Proposed Rule." Stabenow's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. For more than 40 years, the Clean Water Act has been a vital tool in promoting the health a… Continue Reading


03.09.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Senate Confirmation of Farm Credit Administration Nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded Senate confirmation of Dallas Tonsager and Jeffrey Hall to the board of the Farm Credit Administration (FCA). The nominees were confirmed by voice vote. "The Farm Credit System supports rural communities in all corners of the country," said Stabenow. "I look forward to working with both Mr. Tonsager and Mr. Hall - and the entire Farm Credit System … Continue Reading


02.25.15

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds Proposal to Expand Federal Crop Insurance to Fruit and Vegetable Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for proposing new rules that expand risk management tools to specialty crop and underserved producers currently unable to find or afford insurance coverage. Today's announcement builds on efforts in Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill that reforms USDA's process for developing new crop insurance policies to ensure fru… Continue Reading

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