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Spreading the Truth About the 2012 Farm Bill

There are many myths going around about the proposed 2012 Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act – and Senate Ag Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow wants the facts to be known. Stabenow says the proposed legislation is the most significant reform of American agriculture in decades – ending direct payments and three other subsidy programs that will save more than 23-billion dollars. That represents more than double the amount recommended by the Simpson-Bowles commission and Gang of Six and also is more than suggested during the super committee’s sequestration process. Stabenow points out the 23.6-billion is roughly two-percent of the super committee’s goal of 1.2-trillion in deficit reduction – and the portion of the budget under the Ag Committee’s jurisdiction is nearly two-percent. Finally – Stabenow says the changes made regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reduces fraud and abuse – improving the programs integrity to make sure needy families truly receive help. These changes leave standard benefits and eligibility rules – but save 4-billion dollars. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.