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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the 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 Michigan 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 participating farmers assistance if milk prices fall below profitable margins due to unexpected circumstances beyond their control. Dairy is one of Michigan’s largest agricultural commodities and exports of Michigan dairy products have more than doubled over the last ten years. The MPP was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, which was authored by Sen. Stabenow and signed into law in Michigan earlier this year. “We cannot afford to have our Michigan dairy farmers go bankrupt when there are sudden market swings, which is why we put together this new program,” said Stabenow. “Michigan families need a reliable supply of dairy products at the grocery store, and that means we need Michigan farmers who can keep producing some of the very best dairy products in the United States.” Ken Nobis, President, Michigan Milk Producers Association: “The details of the Margin Protection Program that were released today provide a much needed replacement of an outdated mechanism that failed to address the basic concept of a safety net in today’s global economy. Without Senator Stabenow’s persistent leadership, we wouldn’t be celebrating this welcome change today.” A new, innovative web tool developed in part by Michigan State University will also be launched in conjunction with MPP, to help Michigan dairy producers enroll in the program and make decisions based on their own unique needs and operations. The web tool, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, provides a series of interactive features allowing producers to review historical data as well as future projections to make decisions that make the most sense for them.

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NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

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Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Firefighter Grants for Grand Haven and Plainfield Charter Township

Grand Haven Department of Public Safety and the Plainfield Fire Department will each receive a federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security to help increase public safety through improvements to their operations and fire prevention activities, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today.
Plainfield Fire Department will receive $274,860 for fire prevention activities, and Grand Haven Department of Public Safety will receive $22,107 to improve operations and safety. Both grants are part of the DHS Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
‘Today’s announcement is great news for the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, the Plainfield Fire Department, and families in these communities,’ said Stabenow. ‘Our first responders risk their lives to keep our families safe, and they rely on these resources to do their jobs safely.’
‘Firefighters and EMTs stand ready every day to put their lives on the line for their community,’ Levin said. ‘And firefighters not only fight fires, they work to prevent fires in the first place. These grants will help the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety and the Plainfield Fire Department in their vital mission of protecting lives and property in their communities.’
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program allows fire departments across the country to apply for federal grant money in several categories. Applications are evaluated in a competitive process by a panel of peers from fire and EMS organizations. Today’s grants are from two categories of the AFG program: Fire Prevention and Safety, and Operations and Safety.
Fire Prevention and Safety grants are geared to help local fire departments enhance public safety through activities such as fire prevention education and awareness, code enforcement, and fire and arson investigation. Some examples of education and awareness programs would include smoke alarm installations and home safety inspections; code enforcement programs would include increasing awareness of building codes; fire and arson investigations would include support to help fire departments investigate every fire. Operations and Safety grants help local fire departments by providing firefighter training or personal protective equipment, modifying existing facilities or buying supplies.
More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program can be found at www.fema.gov/firegrants.

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Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Frederic Township Volunteer Fire Department

The Frederic Township Volunteer Fire Department will receive a federal grant to help improve their operations and boost safety in their community, U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced today.
Frederic Township Volunteer Fire Department will receive $20,900 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
‘Today’s announcement is great news for the Frederic Township Volunteer Fire Department and families in Crawford County,’ said Stabenow. ‘Our first responders risk their lives to keep our families safe, and they rely on these resources to do their jobs safely.’
‘Firefighters and emergency medical personnel stand ready every day to respond to fires and other emergencies,’ Levin said. ‘This grant will help Frederic Township VFD carry out its vital mission of protecting lives and property in their community.’
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program allows fire departments across the country to compete for federal grant money in several categories. The award announced today is from the Operations and Safety program, which helps local fire departments improve operations and safety by providing firefighter training or personal protective equipment, modifying existing facilities or buying supplies. Applications are evaluated in a competitive process by a panel of peers from fire and EMS organizations.
More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program can be found at www.fema.gov/firegrants.

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Levin, Stabenow announce firefighter grants for Grand Haven and Plainfield Charter Township

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Levin, Stabenow announce support for Frederic Township Volunteer Fire Department

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NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars

NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) — the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars — and approved the program’s progression from formulation to development, something no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.

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NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.

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NASA Holds Teleconference Today to Discuss Progress on World’s Largest Rocket

NASA officials will hold a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT today to discuss the agency’s progress on the Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy-lift rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars.

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Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Grant to Renovate Vogue Theater in Manistee

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the Vogue Theatre in Manistee. This $60,000 grant, made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant program, will be used to help fully restore and reopen the historic two-screen theatre.
‘Today’s announcement is great news for the Vogue Theatre and the City of Manistee,’ said Stabenow. ‘This theatre is a historical treasure for moviegoers in Northern Michigan, and fully restoring it will help boost the region’s economy by bringing more people downtown to local restaurants, shops and other small businesses.’
‘With the support of Senator Stabenow and USDA-Rural Development tens of thousands of people young and old, residents and visitors, will make the Vogue Theatre their entertainment destination for generations to come,’ said Tim Ervin of the Alliance for Economic Success-Manistee and Trustee of the Manistee County Community Foundation. ‘The reopening of the Vogue Theatre is truly an economic game changer for Manistee County.’
The Vogue Theatre, which was built in 1938, reopened to the public last December after being closed since 2005. The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee has overseen the restoration.
Stabenow sent a letter of support in January urging USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to consider the Vogue Theatre’s grant application to help renovate the historic space and revitalize downtown Manistee. She also visited the theatre last September while it was being renovated. Stabenow is Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which has jurisdiction over rural development projects.

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