Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) will become chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry during the next Congress, following Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) who was defeated in the midterm election.
Stabenow has served on the agriculture committees in the Michigan legislature, U.S. House of Representatives and currently the U.S. Senate. Stabenow will lead the committee through the next Farm Bill negotiations, which will be dominated by debate on how to achieve spending cuts. User fees for poultry and meat processors have already been posed by the administration in its U.S. Department of Agriculture budget proposals for 2011. The meat industry has opposed this idea.
"I am ready to lead the Senate Agriculture Committee in the 112th Congress. Not only does agriculture create jobs and feed our families across America, but it is also helping us develop new fuels and energy sources. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle as we begin writing a new Farm Bill that once again recognizes the importance of America's agricultural economy and rural communities," Stabenow said in a statement.