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Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

FARM, NUTRITION, AND BIOENERGY ACT OF 2007 -- (Senate - December 12, 2007)


Ms. STABENOW. Mr. President, I thank Senator Harkin and Senator Chambliss and all those involved in putting together the bipartisan farm bill. I ask for a ``no'' vote on the Gregg amendment. This would eliminate $15 million, a small amount in the farm bill but incredibly important to asparagus growers across the country. This would eliminate the Asparagus Market Loss Program that would compensate American asparagus growers across the country for losses to their industry as a result of the Andean Trade Preferences Act that was passed back in 1990. Since that time, we have seen no transition period and imports of tariff-free processed asparagus have surged 2,400 percent. We have seen major losses for asparagus growers, and I add this was based on a program passed in the last farm bill for apples and onions, where cheap Chinese imports were harming domestic growers and, in fact, the State of the author of the amendment received over $1 million in that program for apples. We are simply asking that asparagus growers receive the same kind of assistance.


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