Stabenow coming to Frankenmuth to discuss 2012 Senate Farm Bill

August 12, 2012

By the Midland Daily News

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow will meet with dozens of local community leaders in Frankenmuth on Monday to discuss the impact of Farm Bill reforms on the region and urge passage of the bill in House of Representatives. The current Farm Bill expires on Sept. 30.

Stabenow, chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, will discuss how the 2012 Senate Farm Bill benefits the local community and creates jobs at a roundtable with local farmers, agribusiness owners, conservation leaders and other interested citizens.

Stabenow authored the five-year Farm Bill, which passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan vote, but has not yet been taken up by the House of Representatives.

If Congress does not act by the deadline, the current Farm Bill will expire and the country will revert back to 1940s agriculture policy, an antiquated system of subsidies and price supports born in the Depression-era.

The bill ends payments to farmers for crops they don’t grow and streamlines programs to cut $23 billion in spending while strengthening initiatives that help Michigan farmers and agriculture businesses create jobs.

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