Any hope that the U.S. Senate would confirm Jose Emilio Esteban as USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety before the late summer break is gone.

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry has not scheduled a nomination hearing for Esteban. President Biden nominated him for the nation’s top food

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The U.S. Senate is expected to confirm the nomination of Tom Vilsack on Feb. 23, clearing the way for him to serve as President Biden’s Secretary of Agriculture, just as he did for former President Obama.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, the new chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on
Continue Reading USDA headquarters expected to get the new (old) boss after Feb. 23 Senate confirmation vote

Annual hiring of an additional 240 agricultural specialists to strengthen U.S. borders and ports of entry and 200 agricultural technicians for administrative and support functions along with 20 new K-9 teams is now authorized by law.

President Trump has signed The Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act of 2019, bipartisan
Continue Reading U.S. beefs up border inspections with more agricultural, food safety expertise

Senators Pat Roberts, D-KS, and Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, were beaming Tuesday during the first agricultural committee hearing since the Farm Bill passed.

Roberts, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutrition, was so proud he kept asking to be reminded that the Farm Bill, now in conference, passed
Continue Reading Senate holds confirmation hearing, but not for key food safety post

The Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Wednesday on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) and trade retaliation got something new to chew on. On the eve of the first Senate action since the House of Representatives voted to repeal COOL, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the ranking minority member on the committee, circulated a draft bill
Continue Reading Michigan Senator Offers Voluntary COOL Draft for Discussion Purposes