FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Statement from Agricultural Leaders of Michigan on the Next Farm Bill
The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan today issued the following statement regarding this week’s field hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry:

“This week’s Farm Bill field hearing in Kansas kicks off the process of drafting critical legislation that impacts farmers and growers, business owners, and families throughout Michigan and the nation. The Farm Bill is complex legislation that requires hard work and a bipartisan approach from our Members of Congress – as shown by Michigan’s U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, who led the way to get a bill across the finish line in 2014 and who will play a leading role on the upcoming Farm Bill. 

During an uncertain time in agriculture with declining commodity prices and unpredictable export markets, the Farm Bill must provide certainty for agriculture through a strong safety net and a robust crop insurance program. It should modernize conservation programs to maximize benefits to our land and water, all within budgetary constraints. It should help expand markets for American agricultural products, support efforts to boost clean energy use in agriculture, and maintain dependable nutrition assistance for those in need.   

The Agricultural Leaders of Michigan are strong advocates for Michigan’s farmers, growers and agribusinesses, and ready to serve as a resource for Congress and the Administration throughout this process. In particular, we appreciate the commitment of Ranking Member Stabenow and her staff, and look forward to working together to get another Farm Bill done.”
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Agricultural Leaders of Michigan is a coalition of agricultural, commodity and agribusiness leaders committed to promoting Michigan agriculture, participating in the ongoing dialogue about issues affecting our state, and harnessing agriculture’s power and potential to further grow Michigan’s economy. The coalition is made up of GreenStone Farm Credit Services; Michigan Agri-Business Association; Michigan Corn Growers Association; Michigan Milk Producers Association; Michigan Pork Producers Association; Michigan Soybean Association; and Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc. Learn more at