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2012 Farm Bill

It affects everything we eat, yet it isn’t getting much attention. Reauthorization of the 2012 Farm Bill passed a Senate committee with bipartisan support. It awaits a full Senate vote, a House bill and conference before reaching President Barack Obama’s desk. The Senate proposal, known as the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, eliminates $23 billion in spending. But not everyone is happy. Critics say it should do more to address environmental and nutritional concerns. Diane speaks with Senator Debbie Stabenow, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Congressman Michael Conaway, chair of the House Agriculture General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, and a panel of experts about the changes ahead in U.S. agricultural policy.

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