US Senate committee hearing on farm bill in Frankenmuth

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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee conducted a field hearing Saturday in Frankenmuth to discuss an update of legislation dealing with farm programs.

Congress passes a comprehensive farm bill every five years. The existing law was enacted in 2014 and expires in September 2018.

Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is the ranking Democrat on the committee. She said the hearing would include testimony from producers of a variety of Michigan crops including fruit, dry beans and sugar beets, as well as livestock.

Other speakers discussed related interests such as nutrition, forestry, conservation and rural economic development.

The hearing took place at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, an affiliate of Michigan State University.

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