Senate Ag sets first D.C. and field hearings for 2012 Farm Bill

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, May 26, on the “roles, risks and challenges for American agriculture and the next farm bill”.

The session was announced by the office of Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) this week.

The first panel will feature Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack while the second panel will include five div
erse voices from academia, the government, a conservation group and industry.

The session is set to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

The Senate Committee also has its first farm bill-related field hearing on the books for May 31 in East Lansing, Mich.

Last week, the Committee announced three panels of witnesses for that session, including one of Michigan State University officials, one of Michigan agricultural producers and one of stakeholder representatives in the state.

That hearing is set to run from 9 a.m. to noon local time.

More details on both sessions are at http://ag.senate.gov/site/calendar.html.

Source:  National Assoc. of Wheat Growers Newsletter