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MDARD Director McDowell Joins Federal Farm Field Hearing entitled Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: 2023 Farm Bill Perspectives from Michigan

EAST LANSING, MI – The first official action for the upcoming 2023 federal Farm Bill was held on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Michigan State University. Senator Debbie Stabenow, chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, hosted the Michigan field hearing. The Chairwoman was joined by Ranking Member John Boozman from Arkansas.

Congress passes a Farm Bill only once every five years. The current Farm Bill was passed with strong bipartisan support in 2018 and expires in September 2023.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director McDowell was invited to participate in the hearing.

“I appreciated the opportunity to join the Senator as she works to make Michigan’s farmers, producers and other stakeholders’ voices heard and represented in this process,” said McDowell. “The U.S. Farm bill holds critical funding for Michigan’s key priorities around agriculture, conservation, rural economic development, research, and forestry."