Ag News: Senate Ag Chair Lists Priorities
**Incoming Chair of the Senate Ag Committee, Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is laying out her list of needs for agriculture.
Stabenow tells www.thepacker.com topping her list of priorities is responding to COVID-19, the hunger crisis and the broken food supply chain, addressing the climate crisis with voluntary, producer-led, bipartisan solutions, fighting childhood hunger, job creation and an improved quality of life in rural America, AND laying the groundwork for the next bipartisan farm bill.
**Chapter 12 farm and family fishery bankruptcies fell in 2020, but still reached the third-highest level in a decade, according to data from the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The total number of Chapter 12 filings in 2020 was 552, down 43 filings, or 7%, from 2019.
AFBF tells www.agrimarketing.com, that while Chapter 12 bankruptcies have declined compared to year-ago levels, these numbers should not be considered a sign that the farm economy has recovered.
**The work is just beginning to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to California farm employees, but inoculation clinics have already been held on a number of farms.
County Farm Bureaus around the state have been coordinating with local public-health agencies to arrange for farm employees to receive vaccines.
Local task forces are working to reach farm employees in their native languages with information, so more can receive vaccines as supplies improve.