SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Federal Farm Bill is closer to a vote by the full Senate, now that it has passed the Senate Agricultural Committee.
Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, the committee's chairwoman, was in Sparta Tuesday, championing the five-year farm bill that she helped write.
The measure will cut spending by $24 billion and creates crop insurance programs to help farmers, instead of direct assistance.
Stabenow says the farm bill has far-reaching effects.
"It relates to whether or not the farm will even exist, how high prices will be, whether they can get help for research for pests and disease," said Sen . Stabenow. "It really does relate to what foods will be available, what the prices will be-- all those things together are very important from a consumer's stand point."
This is the third attempt to get a five-year farm bill passed, but Stabenow is hopeful to get something on the president's desk soon.