FarmPolicy

September 23, 2014

Farm Bill; Biofuels; Trade; Regulations; and House Passes Spending Bill

Categories: Audio /Budget /Ethanol /Farm Bill

Farm Bill: Budget and Policy Issues

In an interview yesterday with FarmPolicy.com that focused on the Farm Bill and the supercommittee , Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) indicated that, “First and foremost, we’re focused on the recommendations that we’re being asked to give to this joint committee, the super committee, and we’re focusing on proactive policy changes rather than just giving them a list of areas to cut.”

Sen. Stabenow noted that, “My colleagues and I are working on a bipartisan basis to come to agreement on a set of policies that would actually make sure that our farmers and our small businesses are able to be able to be successful and have the tools they need when they need it, and at the same time providing real and credible reforms to reduce the deficit, so that’s what we’re working on.”

After commending the National Cotton Council and National Corn Growers Association for “coming forward with responsible solutions, creative solutions, to help us at a time where we have a very tight budget environment,” Sen. Stabenow added that, “I am working with other commodity groups as well, and am strongly encouraging them to come forward with what they believe are the important risk management tools that we need to have for farmers so that we make sure we have help for them when they need it.”

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