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Senator Stabenow talks Farm Bill deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKZO) -- A bipartisan Congressional committee has approved a five-year Farm Bill.  Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow says if approved, the bill will reform farm programs, reduce the deficit and help farmers and businesses create jobs in agriculture.

Stabenow is the chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.  She says some of the major reforms include eliminating the direct payment subsidy program, streamlining and consolidating other programs, along with cracking down on fraud and misuse.  Additionally, the bill includes disaster assistance for Michigan’s cherry growers and other specialty crop producers who were hit hard by freezes and other bad weather in recent years.

The agreement could be voted on by the House as early as this week.  The Senate could then vote on the bill as early as next week.