January 23, 2020

Farm Bill; Budget Issues; and the Agricultural Economy

Farm Bill: Hearings

Yesterday, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing titled, “Opportunities for Specialty Crops and Organics in the Farm Bill.”

A news release from the Senate Ag Committee yesterday indicated that, “Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that specialty crops and organics are bright spots in the nation’s economic future, but maintained that critical support for research and risk management will be key to continuing growth in the sectors.

“‘Specialty crop and organic growers are not only helping to supply healthy products to our schools, families and communities, but these farmers are also making a major contribution to the American economy,’ Chairwoman Stabenow said. ‘Sales of U.S. specialty crops top $60 billion annually, with nearly $2 billion of those sales coming from Michigan alone. Organic sales also continue to grow, reaching nearly $29 billion in 2010.  We need to make sure these important producers are heard as the next Farm Bill is being written.’”