Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chair of the Senate Ag Committee will convene a meeting of the full committee to consider and mark up the 2012 Farm Bill. The framework was worked out with Pat Roberts, R-Kan., creating a bipartisan approach. That hearing is set for Wednesday, April 25. A summary of the committee print, or working document, is at the end of this report. Groups are already weighing in on this bipartisan bill.
"I commend Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts for working together in a bipartisan fashion to write a farm, food and jobs bill this year," says Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "Farmers, ranchers and the men and women who live in rural communities deserve to know what the rules will be moving forward."
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