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  • 113th Congress (2013-2014)

    Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds New Programs to Help Low-Income Americans Purchase Healthy Fruits and Vegetables, Support Family Farmers, Locally Grown and Organic Products

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the announcement of a series of national programs, authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, that will help provide families with greater access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables, while also supporting family farmers by creating new opportunities to sell locally grown and organic products. Over $52 million in grants will be awarded as a result of Farm Bill programs. The ...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Major Investment in Farm Energy Programs, Boost to Rural Economy and Jobs

    Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficient projects across the country, helping to spur domestic energy production while also growing the rural economy and helping to create jobs. The investment, part of the Rural Energy for America Program, aids farmers and landowners in developing homegrown, ren...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow Calls for Legislation to Protect American Interests in Foreign Acquisitions

    Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, continued this weekend to raise concerns about Chinese acquisitions of American food companies and the implications that could have on national and economic security – as well as broader American interests. Stabenow’s comments came during a special PBS NewsHour investigation about the recent acquisition of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods by Chinese food company Shuanghui Intl. &nd...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow Receives McGovern-Dole Leadership Award for Efforts in Fighting Global Hunger

    Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today received the World Food Program USA’s prestigious McGovern-Dole Leadership Award for her efforts and achievements in fighting global hunger. The award, presented to Stabenow by Vice President Joe Biden, specifically honors Stabenow’s work in bringing Democrats and Republicans together to pass the 2014 Farm Bill, which makes significant contributions to alleviate worldwide hu...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow: New Farm Bill Dairy Program Coming Next Week to Help Farmers Manage Risk, Keep Prices Stable for Consumers

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said a new dairy risk management program, included in the 2014 Farm Bill  and starting up next week, will give farmers the certainty and tools they need to continue  a reliable supply of milk products at the grocery store for consumers. Enrollment for the new dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will begin Sept. 2 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and offers particip...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow: Farm Bill Conservation Initiative Generating Tremendous Support, Will Have Lasting Impact on Health of Nation’s Land, Water, Air

    Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said nearly 600 projects, representing the work of nearly 5,000 organizations across the country, are being considered for the initial round of funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program – a new, innovative conservation initiative created in the 2014 Farm Bill. Chairwoman Stabenow and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Michigan in May to laun...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow Asks Agencies for More Clarity on US Waters Rule, to Provide Certainty for Conservation Efforts Used by Farmers and Ranchers

    Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today urged the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide farmers and ranchers with more certainty as the agencies move forward with clarifying which waters can be regulated under the Clean Water Act. In a letter, also signed by 12 other Senators, Stabenow said stakeholders across the country have raised concerns with t...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Appointment of Members to New Ag Research Foundation Board

    Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the below statement regarding the appointment of board members to the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research – a new non-profit foundation created by the 2014 Farm Bill, which will leverage private and public funding to advance agricultural research. The 15-member board of directors was officially announced today and is meant to represent the many diverse agricultura...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow: We Must Work Together to Address Challenges in Providing Healthy Meals in Schools; Reversing Course Is Not an Option

    Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that school personnel, parents, community leaders and other stakeholders must work together to address challenges in providing healthy meals to children in schools. Stabenow, whose comments came during a Committee hearing as part of a larger effort to update child nutrition laws, said reversing course is not an option because the health of our children is directly linked to ...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Relief for Fruit Growers Devastated by Weather Disasters

    Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that many fruit growers across the country whose farms were devastated by extreme weather conditions in 2012 will now be able to apply for disaster relief from the USDA. The new buy-up provisions in the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), authored by Chairwoman Stabenow as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, will extend relief to growers who suffered from disaste...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on House Passage of CFTC Reauthorization Bill

    Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today released the below statement following the House vote to advance a bill to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. “I’m pleased to see the House bill includes measures related to customer protections as well as important considerations for end users like farmers, ranchers and small businesses who rely on the markets to hedge risk. These are areas where we ca...

  • In Case You Missed It: Op-Ed: Detroit News: Chairwoman Stabenow’s ‘non-partisan tone’ should endure in child nutrition efforts

    Op-Ed by Betti Wiggins of Detroit Public Schools emphasizes now is “not the time to waver from our national pursuit of improved nutrition in public schools” Improved eating habits in children “have direct implications for our national defense. By some estimates, 75% of 18-24 year olds are ineligible for military service.” Feeding children more fruits and vegetables generates economic growth as “each month local farmers deliver fresh fruits and vegeta...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow: Biobased Manufacturing is Creating Jobs and New Innovations in American Manufacturing

    Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that biobased companies are creating jobs across the country and helping to grow the economy through new innovations in manufacturing. Stabenow’s comments came during a Committee hearing that examined how companies are taking advantage of homegrown agriculture – instead of petroleum – to make new products, spurring a new wave in innovative manufacturing tha...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds USDA for Moving Forward on Vaccine to Combat Disease Devastating Pork Producers

    Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture for moving forward with a new vaccine expected to help combat the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), which has killed millions of pigs and devastated pork producers across the country. USDA announced that it has issued a conditional license for the first vaccine to treat PEDv to aid in control of the virus. These licenses are issued...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow: Investments in Child Nutrition Critical for our Nation’s Security, Economy, Health

    Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said child nutrition has a major impact on America’s biggest priorities like national security and long-term economic sustainability, and investments must be made now to ensure the future safety and strength of the nation. Stabenow’s comments came during the first in a series of hearings the Committee will convene as part of the larger effort to update child nutrition...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow to Host ‘Grow It Here, Make It Here’ Spotlight on Innovation

    Washington, DC – Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, will host the ‘Grow It Here, Make It Here’ Spotlight on Innovation on Tuesday, June 17 in the Russell Senate Office Building. The day will begin with a Committee hearing followed by a corresponding educational event – both highlighting  how innovators and forward-thinking pioneers are fueling a revitalized manufacturing sector and creating jobs by...

  • Senator Hagan, Chairwoman Stabenow Applaud USDA Announcement to Combat Virus Devastating Pork Producers

    After requesting federal assistance to address the deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), Senator Kay Hagan (NC) and Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (MI) today applauded U.S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s plan to dedicate $26.2 million to combat this disease that is devastating pork producers across the country. In March, Hagan and Stabenow sent a letter to Vilsack urging the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to dedicate fun...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Senate Confirmation of Sharon Bowen as CFTC Commissioner

    Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the below statement following Senate confirmation of Sharon Bowen as Commissioner for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Bowen, the first African American woman to be appointed commissioner to the CFTC, will play a critical role in helping to lead efforts to implement the reforms contained in The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. “I...

  • Pryor, Stabenow Respond to USDA Decision to Provide Schools Flexibility on Whole Grains

    Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today responded to USDA’s decision to provide schools greater flexibility in meeting guidelines on whole grains in school meals. The decision, announced today by USDA, will allow schools struggling to find a suitable pasta product that meets whole grains standards the ability to...

  • Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on House Agriculture Spending Bill

    Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the below statement following the markup of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee’s 2015 spending bill. “I am strongly opposed to the effort in the House agriculture appropriations bill to gut conservation and energy programs that passed in the Farm Bill with wide bipartisan majorities. These irresponsible cuts to some of the most important Farm Bi...