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Monday, 14 October 2013 10:19

Farm bill committee appointments an encouraging step

(AREA) -- Amid the gridlock that has most of the U.S. government seized up and ground to a halt, there has come a glimmer of hope at least for the nation's agricultural community. On October 12, the U.S. House of Representatives at moved to appoint members to a conference committee tasked with sifting through the House and Senate versions of the 2013 Farm Bill. District 4 Representative Dave Camp and District 9 Representative Sandy Levin will represent Michigan from the House side. "Obviously this has been a long time coming, and especially in the midst of everything happening—and not happening—in Washington, it’s encouraging to see the House take this step today," said Ryan Findlay, national legislative counsel for Michigan Farm Bureau . "With the antiquated 2008 Farm Bill now having expired twice, it’s not exactly a stretch to say it’s time Congress got this show on the road."