Energy Programs Defended at Farm Bill Hearing

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The Senate Committee on Agriculture held its first Farm Bill hearing of 2012 today, which focused on the benefits of energy programs in rural America, as well as strategies to addressing economic development programs for the next Farm Bill.

"The Farm Bill is a Jobs Bill, and that is why it's so critical that we pass a bill this spring," said Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). "The bio-based plastic and chemical products industry could create over 100,000 American jobs - and many in rural America."

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified at the Senate Committee on Agriculture hearing this morning regarding the future of the Farm Bill's energy title and economic development programs.
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