January 14th, 2011

New leadership for a new year

nancy-80x80 The Agriculture Committees in both houses of Congress will be under new leadership this year. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) will chair the House Agriculture Committee, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will chair the Senate Agriculture Committee. Rep. Lucas has a history of supporting subsidies for large-scale industrial farmers who produce commodity crops, whereas Sen. Stabenow has argued against these subsidies as being unfair to small producers and those who produce specialty crops like fruits and vegetables. It will be interesting to see how the debate plays out within these committees and between the two houses of Congress as the 2012 Farm Bill is being crafted during the next year.

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