Farm Bill Introduced in Senate
The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 has officially been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow made the announcement Thursday. The bipartisan bill authored by Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts reforms U.S. food and farm policy to save 23-billion dollars while strengthening and streamlining programs to continue growth of the agricultural economy. The Senate Ag Committee adopted the measure on a 16 to 5 vote last month. According to Stabenow - the bill represents the most significant reforms of ag policy in decades. By eliminating duplication and streamlining programs - she says the committee was able to continue investing in initiatives that help farmers and small businesses create jobs. The Ag Chair says the bill has strong bipartisan support from Senators across the country. Looking forward - she says the goal is to build on that broad bipartisan support to enact a farm bill before the current one expires. Noting that agriculture supports 16-million jobs in the U.S. - Stabenow says it's absolutely critical to provide farmers the certainty they need by passing the farm bill this year.
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