Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Just in from Washington

Stabenow Stresses Need for Workable Safety Net

Washington--Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Senate Agriculture Committee chair, said changes will need to be made in the direct payment program in the 2012 farm bill, but a strong safety net is still needed and support is strong for strengthening crop insurance and expanding the number of commodities it covers.

In a meeting with farm broadcasters on Capitol Hill last week, Stabenow emphasized the importance of a workable safety net in the next farm bill. “I’ll make a strong case for that,” she said.

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Trade War Endangers Farmers, Farm Bureau Tells Congress

Washington--American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Scott VanderWal and Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening today warned Co...