Source: Senate Agriculture Committee

U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced that the committee will begin hearings on the reauthorization of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 ("Farm Bill") this month. The first hearing is scheduled for June 30 at 9:30 a.m. and will focus on maintaining a strong U.S. farm policy. The hearing will be held in the Senate Agriculture Committee, Room 328A of the Russell Senate Office Building. 

"The farm bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation Congress considers on behalf of rural America and our nation's farmers and ranchers," said Lincoln. "As we look toward the upcoming farm bill, I will use these hearings to gather feedback on how the current bill is working and lay the ground work for the future of our nation's farm, nutrition, conservation, rural development, research, forestry and energy priorities. This first hearing will focus on maintaining a sound U.S. farm policy to protect our most vital resource — our food supply."