Stabenow Takes Ag Gavel

Sen. Debbie Stabenow is poised to take the helm of the powerful Senate Agriculture Committee next year to fill the vacancy left by Blanche Lincoln’s defeat.

The Michigan Democrat announced her intention Friday to take the gavel after Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) opted to keep his post atop the Budget Committee.

Stabenow will assume the agriculture post as the committee prepares to begin negotiating the next multi-billion dollar farm bill. The bill, which Congress renews every five years, will likely become a battleground over farm subsidies, efforts to boost domestic ethanol production and the Obama administration’s environmental regulations.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, as we begin writing a new farm bill that once again recognizes the importance of America’s agricultural economy and rural communities,” she said in a statement.

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