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Stabenow urges Michigan agri-business leaders to push Congress on new farm bill

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, (D) Michigan

Senator Debbie Stabenow is asking Michigan leaders in agriculture to push Congress to pass a new farm bill.

Stabenow spoke to the Michigan Agri-Business Association at its annual conference in Lansing Tuesday.

Stabenow chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. She vowed not to compromise on policies important to Michigan farmers as lawmakers write a new bill.

“It’s not about me, it’s about us. It’s about Michigan and Michigan’s voice at the table. And there are going to be very important debates that I look forward to working with you on to get the right policy in a number of areas,” Stabenow said.

The Senate passed a new five-year farm bill in 2012, but it stalled in the House. Congress has extended the 2008 farm bill until September.

Stabenow said she expects the Senate to take up a new bill in February or March.

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