(AREA) -- The Michigan Milk Producers Association recognized Senator Debbie Stabenow with their "Champion of Dairy" award for her unwavering support and persistence in passing the 2014 Farm Bill during the 98th MMPA State Annual Delegate Meeting March 20. Senator Stabenow helped bring attention to Michigan's diverse agricultural economy long before her tenure as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. She's advocated for agriculture throughout her career in public service, dating back to her time in the Michigan State Legislature in the 1980's. Stabenow stated that it was great working with the Michigan Milk Producers to write a dairy policy that gives Michigan farmers the tools they need to provide consumers with an abundant supply of milk products at the grocery store. MMPA is a member-owned and controlled milk marketing cooperative serving nearly 2,000 dairy farmers in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio.