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  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds USDA Investment in Michigan State University Research Programs

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement of $381,847 to be invested in Michigan State University pest management programs. This funding comes through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Crop Protection and Pest Management program, which supports projects that address high priority pest management challenges though coordinated efforts with state and regional partners.
    Friday, Oct 24, 2014 Read More
  • Stabenow, Levin Applaud Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding for Western Lake Erie Basin

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today applauded the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative announcement to allocate $807,000 to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to fight harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes. This funding, which is part of a larger national investment to protect the Western Lake Erie Basin, will be used to expand conservation assistance incentives for farmers, improve how scientists measure phosphorus levels in Lake Erie, and help Great Lakes monitoring and forecasting capabilities to ensure our drinking water is safe.
    Monday, Oct 20, 2014 Read More
  • Stabenow, Levin Call for a Delay of Increase in Electric Bills for Upper Peninsula Families, Small Businesses

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to delay electric rate increases for families and businesses in the Upper Peninsula and act on the complaint filed by the Michigan Public Service Commission about these unjust and unreasonable rate hikes. The Upper Peninsula would have to pay nearly $100 million annually to operate the Presque Isle Power Plant, if the proposed electric rate increases are approved by FERC. This increase is scheduled to take place after December 1 and is the result of a regulatory decision made by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to force consumers in the Upper Peninsula to pay for 99 percent of the Presque Isle Power Plant's operating costs. This decision by NERC upended an earlier federal finding that UP customers should be responsible for just 14 percent of the power plant's operating costs. FERC shares oversight responsibilities and has a mandate to consider utility cost allocation issues. The Senators called for a moratorium on this decision while the agency considers the Michigan Public Service Commission's complaint that these rate increases are not just and reasonable. The letter also encourages the agency to work with local stakeholders on a long-term solution to the UP's power issues.
    Friday, Oct 17, 2014 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Michigan Sea Grant Funding to Help Protect Great Lakes Communities

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced $471,161 for the Michigan Sea Grant program to secure projects that help build and foster resilient coastal Great Lakes communities. This funding is a portion of a $15.9 million grant announced though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Grant program.
    Friday, Oct 10, 2014 Read More
  • Senator Stabenow Statement on Asian Carp eDNA Found in the Kalamazoo River

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement regarding the Asian carp eDNA that was recently found in the Kalamazoo River: "I am extremely concerned that Asian carp eDNA was found in any part of the Great Lakes and its tributaries. The Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service need to take immediate steps and conduct further testing to ensure that Asian carp have not spread to the Kalamazoo River. Time is running out to stop Asian carp from devastating our Great Lakes and the thousands of jobs that depend on them. Today's news is another reason why we need to permanently close the barrier between the Chicago Waterway System and the Great Lakes."  
    Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 Read More
  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Mid-Michigan Agriculture

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced critical support for Mid-Michigan farmers and producers across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will award nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state, which is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in locally grown food. 
    Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 Read More
  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Genesee, Great Lakes Bay, and Thumb-Area Farmers

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced critical support for Genesee, Great Lakes Bay, and Thumb-area farmers, and producers across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will award nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state, which is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in locally grown food.
    Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 Read More
  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Northern Michigan Agriculture

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced critical support for Northern Michigan farmers and producers across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will award nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state, which is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in locally grown food.
    Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 Read More
  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Southeast Michigan Agriculture

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced critical support for Northern Michigan farmers and producers across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will award nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state, which is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in locally grown food.
    Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 Read More
  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for West Michigan Agriculture

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced critical support for Northern Michigan farmers and producers across the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program will award nearly $2 million to support 30 Michigan specialty crop projects throughout the state, which is a direct result of the 2014 Farm Bill's significant investment in locally grown food.
    Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 Read More
  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for Upper Peninsula Farmers

    Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 Read More
  • Stabenow Leads Bipartisan Group of 66 Senators Urging Support for Community Health Centers

    Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 Read More
  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces More than $226,000 to Support Northern Michigan Farmers Markets and Local Food Initiatives

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $226,068 in support for four Northern Michigan farmers markets and local food initiatives. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which helps expand access to farmers markets and food hubs and develop new opportunities for farmers to sell locally.
    Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 Read More
  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Nearly $150,000 to Support Southeast Michigan Farmers Markets and Local Food Initiatives

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $149,794 in support for three Southeast Michigan farmers markets and local food initiatives. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which helps expand access to farmers markets and food hubs and develop new opportunities for farmers to sell locally.
    Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 Read More
  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces More than $190,000 for Two Ingham County Farmers Markets

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $190,038 in support for the Michigan Farmers Market Association in East Lansing and Allen Neighborhood Group in Lansing. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which helps expand access to farmers markets and food hubs and develop new opportunities for farmers to sell locally.
    Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 Read More
  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support for the Chesaning Farmers Market, Tuscola County Food Hub

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $26,656 in support for the Chesaning "Market off Broad" and Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation in Caro. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which helps expand access to farmers markets and food hubs and develop new opportunities for farmers to sell locally.
    Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 Read More
  • Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces More than $183,000 to Support Local Food Initiatives in West Michigan

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $183,300 in support for Sprout Urban Farm in Battle Creek and Local First Educational Foundation in Grand Rapids. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which helps expand access to farmers markets and food hubs and develop new opportunities for farmers to sell locally.
    Monday, Sep 29, 2014 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce $1.2 Million Grant for Village of L’Anse

    The Village of L'Anse will receive a federal grant of $1,281,910 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today. L'Anse will use the funds to support the development of the new US-41 L'Anse Industrial Park.
    Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce $1.5 Million Regional Grant for Highland Park Fire Department

    U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced a $1,568,160 regional grant for the Highland Park Fire Department to improve operations and safety. This support, which comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will help train firefighters in Wayne County.
    Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 Read More
  • Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Grant for Advance Michigan Manufacturing Community

    Advance Michigan Manufacturing Community, a partnership of more than 30 organizations in the 13-county Southeast Michigan region, will receive $200,000 from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced today. The funds will be used to develop long-term growth strategies for community investment and workforce development.
    Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 Read More
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