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Stabenow Announces Hearing on Specialty Crops, Organics
USAgNet - 07/26/2011

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced the committee will hold a hearing on Thursday at 10:15 a.m. EST in room G50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The hearing will examine the role specialty crops and organics play in American agriculture with a focus on opportunities in the next Farm Bill. Witnesses detailed below.

The hearing, "Opportunities for Specialty Crops and Organics in the Farm Bill" will include a live, streaming webcast available for viewing on the committee website at

This hearing will begin immediately following the nomination hearing of Brian T. Baenig (nominated to be Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture). That hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The witness list for Thursday's hearing includes:

-- Panel 1: Ann Wright, Deputy Under Secretary, Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA, Washington, D.C.; and Dr. Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, USDA, Washington, D.C.

-- Panel 2: Dennis Engelhard, Owner, Engelhard Family Farms, Unionville, Mich.; Kim Tait, Owner, Tait Farms Foods, Inc., Centre Hall, Penn.; Paul Bencal, Owner, Paul Bencal Farm, Ransomville, N.Y.; Robert Woolley, Owner, Dave Wilson Nursery, Hickman, Calif.; Glenn Abbett, Manager, Abbett Farms, LLC, LaCrosse, Ind.; and Charles Wingard, Director of Field Operations, W.P. Rawls and Sons, Pelion, S.C.

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