Farm Bill: Senate Hearing
A Senate Agriculture Committee news release from yesterday stated that, “U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today called for strengthening the safety net for family farmers and ranchers as she led the Committee in its first farm bill hearing. Today’s hearing focused on maintaining a strong U.S. farm policy and was the first of several that will take place this year as the Committee prepares to reauthorize the 2012 farm bill. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and Dow Brantley, an England, Arkansas producer, were among those who testified.
“‘I am proud of our farmers and ranchers that put food on our table, clothes on our back, and fuel in our cars and trucks. As the daughter of an Arkansas rice farmer, I understand the significant challenges that unpredictable weather and competitive global markets present to those who clothe and feed us. As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Arkansas farm families and producers throughout the nation can rest assured that I will fight for policies that allow them to continue to provide the safest, most affordable supply of food and fiber in the world,’ said Lincoln.”