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Stabenow: Ag Committee should make the cuts

Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said she still believes her committee should make any cuts to the agriculture budget, and that farmers still need crop insurance and conservation.

Stabenow issued a statement Tuesday reacting to President Barack Obama’s proposal to extend disaster programs, but eliminate direct payments and make cuts in crop insurance and conservation spending.

“Agriculture will do its fair share in helping to reduce the deficit, but as I’ve always said, decisions on where those cuts come from should be made by the Agriculture Committee, where we constantly receive input from farmers and others in the agriculture community,” Stabenow said.

“Farmers across the country have made it very clear that maintaining crop insurance and responsible risk management tools are critical, especially as droughts, floods and devastating storms have battered farms across the country.,” Stabenow said.

“We have also heard that conservation is a major priority, as producers across the nation rely on important programs to sustain the integrity of their farmland and operations. We can strengthen farmers’ top priorities and help America’s agriculture industry create jobs while providing real and credible reforms to reduce the deficit.”