The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 will provide a “balanced” approach that will help farmers in different regions of the country continue to provide a safe, reliable and abundant supply of food and fiber.

That was the message Sen. Debbie Stabenow, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Nutrition, delivered as she spoke to members of the Delta Council at the organization’s 78th annual meeting on the Delta State University Campus in Cleveland, Miss.

Later, Stabenow, flanked by Sen. Thad Cochran, the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee; Sen. Roger Wicker, Mississippi’s junior senator; and Delta Council President Bill Litton, repeated much the same message during a press briefing for members of the local and agricultural media.

“We’ve tried to look at every region and see what needs to be done,” said Stabenow, referring to the new farm bill, which the Senate began debating on Monday (May 20). “It is reform, it is more market-oriented, which it needs to be, but it really balances the regions of the country.

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