Stabenow Says Ag and Manufacturing At Heart of U.S. Economy

Chairwoman Stabenow also hosted a Grow It Here, Make It Here hearing for the Senate Ag Committee hearing yesterday (Tuesday). Stabenow says more than 3,000 companies in the U.S. either manufacture or distribute biobased products - meaning they create new products from American-grown ag crops - like soybeans and corn - instead of using petroleum-based chemicals to manufacture products. She says this shift toward using bio-degradable and renewable materials domestically grown displaces the need for foreign-based petroleum - and helps to create American jobs. In the 2014 Farm Bill - Stabenow says new opportunities to support biobased manufacturing were created so innovators in rural and urban American could continue growing their businesses and creating jobs. She says agriculture and manufacturing are at the heart of the U.S. economy and are the foundation of the middle class. In conjunction with the hearing - 35 biobased companies and organizations from 25 states displayed their work and provided firsthand insights into how important biobased manufacturing has been in growing their manufacturing operations. To view a webcast of the hearing - visit ag dot senate dot gov (http://ag.senate.gov).

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