Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) articulated concerns and highlighted issues regarding the U.S. drought and the 2012 Farm Bill on the Senate Floor today, a replay of her presentation can be heard here (MP3- 8:31).
Peter Baker reported in today’s New York Times that, “The Obama administration warned Wednesday that food supplies were at risk from the worsening drought afflicting more than half of the country and called on Congress to revive lapsed disaster aid programs.
“President Obama reviewed the situation with Tom Vilsack, the agriculture secretary, who called it ‘the most serious situation’ in about 25 years and added that he was praying for rain.
“‘I get on my knees every day, and I’m saying an extra prayer now,’ Mr. Vilsack told reporters at the White House after his discussions with Mr. Obama. ‘If I had a rain prayer or rain dance I could do, I would do it.’”
(Note that a transcript of Sec. Vilsack’s full remarks have been posted at FarmPolicy.com Online).