Incoming Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow laid out her agenda for the committee Thursday.
The Michigan Democrat says, “My vision for the committee revitalizes our food and farm economy to grow new opportunities in American agriculture and provide access to healthy food for American families.”
Stabenow says the committee will build on past bipartisan achievements to strengthen the diversity of agriculture, support the millions of jobs in the farm and food economy, protect land and water, strengthen small towns and rural communities, and support families working hard to make ends meet. The agenda includes responding to COVID-19 to address hunger and the food supply chain, and address climate change with voluntary, producer-led, bipartisan solutions.
Additionally, Stabenow seeks to fight childhood hunger with stronger nutrition programs, and create jobs and improve the quality of life in rural America. Stabenow says the committee will fill key leadership positions at the Department of Agriculture and lay the groundwork for the next bipartisan farm bill.