WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Farm Bureau Federation congratulates Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for being named chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

"With a proven track record as a proponent of Michigan's agriculture industry, we are confident in Sen. Stabenow's ability to provide leadership on the 2012 farm bill and other important issues related to agriculture and rural communities. Chairwoman Stabenow's committee will play an important role as we look forward to the future of American agriculture."

"Farm Bureau has enjoyed its working relationship in the past with Sen. Stabenow and we look forward to continuing our work together in her new capacity."

SOURCE: American Farm Bureau Federation