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3:46 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Stabenow Urges Michigan Agri-Business Leaders To Push Congress On New Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow says Michigan agriculture leaders need to ramp up pressure on Congress to pass a new farm bill.

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Stabenow spoke to members of the Michigan Agri-Business Association Tuesday in Lansing.

Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher has more.

Senator Stabenow chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. She says a version of the farm bill passed last year by the Senate was written with Michigan specifically in mind. As lawmakers craft a new version, Stabenow says she’s not willing to sacrifice measures that are most important to the state.

She says it’s up to House leaders to move the bill forward.

“It’s time for us to get moving, to get things done, so that you have the economic certainty that you need to make the right investment decisions to benefit all of us in Michigan,”  she says.

Congress has extended the 2008 farm bill until September.

Stabenow expects a new bill to be ready in February or March.