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Stabenow weighs in on Farm Bill latest

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(03/18/14) - Earlier this year, President Barack Obama singed the Farm Bill at Michigan State University.

The five-year bill will mean some big changes for Mid-Michigan farmers preparing to plant their spring crops.

Senator Debbie Stabenow was key in getting the new law through Congress. She says the next step is turning that new law into action.

Like many farmers, Alvin Ferguson says he faces a number of challenges.

"One of our biggest challenges is trying to improve our soil's health. For where we live, we have a lot of dense soil. Tile really improves the health of our soil," he said.

Stabenow says soil quality issues and erosion on land are major problems that Michigan farmers are having to deal with.

While in Frakenmuth Tuesday, she encouraged farmers to work with their local conservation districts.

"The majority of land in our country, 75 percent of land is owned by someone and the Farm Bill conservation programs are the number one way that will help protect those lands, waterways and so on," she said.

Stabenow tells ABC12 that the 2014 Farm Bill has one of the strongest conservation titles that will help farmers conserve soil health, protect water quality and restore wildlife habitat in the Great Lakes Bay region and across the state.

This gives farmers hope about their future.

"It's going to give us all a chance to benefit from the results, knowing that it's about conservation, it's about clean air, clean water, soil health," Ferguson said.

"I think it's also going to help farmers realize that they need to make sure they're doing everything they can to have a positive impact on the environment," said James Kratz, who's also a farmer.

Stabenow says so far she's receiving positive feedback about the Farm Bill.

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