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Senator Santorum Announces Farm Bill Listening Forum

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Senator Santorum Announces Farm Bill Listening Forum

Secretary Johanns to Host Forum at Penn State's Ag Progress Days

U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, announced today that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns will host a Farm Bill Listening Forum August 16th at Penn State University's Ag Progress Days in State College, Pennsylvania. Farmers are invited to ask questions and make comments about federal agricultural policies. Last month, Senator Santorum sent a letter to Secretary Johanns urging him to hold a Farm Bill Forum in Pennsylvania.

"The 2007 Farm Bill will dramatically impact Pennsylvania farmers, agribusiness, and rural residents," said Senator Santorum. "It is important that Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to have their views heard considering the significant impact the Farm Bill will have on Pennsylvania farmers all across the Commonwealth. I appreciate Secretary
Johanns giving Pennsylvania farmers a platform to discuss topics that are of interest to them."

"The Farm Bill impacts America's entire agriculture community - no one is left out in terms of the impact," said Secretary Johanns. "The entire community should have a say in what the Farm Bill is all about. Policies must also keep pace with an evolving industry.

"We are honored to have Secretary Johanns hold this Farm Bill listening forum at Ag Progress days," said Robert Steele, Dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who will moderate the session. "If you are going to have a dialog with agricultural producers in Pennsylvania, there is no better place to do it. Educating and aiding farmers is a large part of our land grant mission, and we are pleased to partner with USDA to offer this opportunity for the citizens of Pennsylvania."

The Forum will address a host of agriculture issues, specifically how farm policy can maximize competitiveness and the United States ability to compete in the global market, encourage new farmers, achieve conservation and environmental goals, address concerns in rural areas.

"Pennsylvania is honored to host the forum and share ideas about the future of farm policy," said Senator Santorum. "I am committed to continue working with my colleagues on the Senate Agriculture Committee to address issues that are important to Pennsylvania's rural communities."

The Farm Bill Listening Forum will be held from 9:00am until 12:00pm in the Ag Progress Days Special Events Building.

http://santorum.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.View&ContentRecord_id=1333&Region_id=0&Issue_id=0&CFID=6802519&CFTOKEN=63480384

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