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Stabenow expects final vote during markup today; chairman's amendment to farm bill posted

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., just announced she expects her committee to take a final vote on the farm bill during markup today.

The committee today posted the chairman’s amendment to the bill, along with a red-line summary showing the changes. (See links below)

Debate over whether the markup should proceed today continues among farm groups that are split over the commodity title.

A large group of Midwestern and Western farm groups including soybean groups sent Senate Agriculture Commitee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., a letter late Wednesday urging quick consideration of the bill. Earlier in the week, another coalition of southern farm groups and Minnesota and Colorado corn growers urged a delay until after a week-long recess that begins this weekend.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., on Wednesday said he wants to make sure the bill treats all regions of the country equitably. Lucas's comments appeared on the Oklahoma Farm Report and were released by his office today.

“A federal comprehensive farm bill in the commodity title has to address all regions and all crops. If you craft a program where one or two commodity groups benefit greatly and a couple of commodity groups limp along and most of the rest are left out, that’s unacceptable policy," Lucas told the National Association of Farm Broadcasters.

He also said, “I can assure you Chairwoman Stabenow will move heaven and earth to get her work done in the United States Senate. I have complete confidence.”