Chairwoman Stabenow Receives "Champion of Dairy" Award from Michigan Milk Producers Association

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) recognized U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, with its "Champion of Dairy" award for her extensive work on behalf of Michigan dairy farmers in the 2014 Farm Bill. MMPA honored Senator Stabenow with the award, which has only been given out once before, at the 98th State Annual Delegate Meeting held in Lansing on March 21.

"It was great working with the Michigan Milk Producers to write a dairy policy that gives Michigan farmers the tools they need to provide consumers with an abundant supply of milk products at the grocery store," said Sen. Stabenow. "I look forward to our continued partnership to support one of our state's top commodities."

"We have worked with Senator Debbie Stabenow for many years on agricultural issues from her days in the Michigan House up to her present role as member of the U.S. Senate. She has proven to be a consistent supporter of Michigan agriculture, and in our case, dairy policy," MMPA President Ken Nobis said. "I am convinced we would not have the farm bill we do today if it were not for the hard work and commitment of one senator - Senator Debbie Stabenow."

Dairy is one of Michigan's top agricultural commodities, and U.S. dairy exports have more than doubled in the last ten years. The 2014 Farm Bill, which President Obama signed into law just over thirty days ago at Michigan State University, helps Michigan dairy farmers meet the increasing global demand.

The Farm Bill also represents rare bipartisan agreement on a major jobs bill - legislation that will help grow Michigan's agriculture economy, the state's second-largest industry. The 2014 Farm Bill reduces the deficit by $23 billion and represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades. For more information on the 2014 Farm Bill, click here.