Debbie Stabenow of Michigan was named the chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.
The Senate Agriculture Committee is responsible for overseeing nutrition legislation as well as drafting the 2012 Farm Bill. Stabenow will be the leader writer of the legislation that helps support producers in all sectors of the agriculture industry.
Stabenow will take the position in January. “Agriculture is critical to Michigan’s economy, employing a quarter of our workforce. Not only does agriculture create jobs and feed our families across America, but it is also helping us develop new fuels and energy sources,” she said.
The 2012 Farm Bill is already in the works as senators travel across the country to meet with farmers. The goal for the legislation is to assist farmers in ways they feel would best improve the industry. Town hall meetings have occurred in such states as Idaho and California to hear the concerns and options of producers in all areas of agriculture.
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Written by: Melissa Warner / Farm Plus Staff Writer