2012 Farm Bill

2012 Farm Bill

Congress debates the 2012 Farm Bill. At issue are subsidies for farmers, food stamps and incentives for growing a wider variety of crops. Diane speaks to a panel of experts about the changes ahead in U.S. agricultural policy.

It affects everything we eat, yet it isn’t getting much attention. Reauthorization of the 2012 Farm Bill passed a Senate committee with bipartisan support. It awaits a full Senate vote, a House bill and conference before reaching President Barack Obama’s desk. The Senate proposal, known as the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, eliminates $23 billion in spending. But not everyone is happy. Critics say it should do more to address environmental and nutritional concerns. Diane speaks with Senator Debbie Stabenow, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Congressman Michael Conaway, chair of the House Agriculture General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, and a panel of experts about the changes ahead in U.S. agricultural policy.

Guests

Scott Faber

Vice President for Government Affairs, Environmental Working Group; former vice president, the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Democratic Senator from Michigan, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee

Congressman Michael Conaway

Republican representative of Texas' 11th district, and chair of the House Agriculture General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee.

Jerry Hagstrom

founder and executive editor of The Hagstrom Report and columnist, National Journal

Chandler Goule

Vice President of Government Relations, National Farmers Union

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