The Senate Agriculture Committee has confirmed it will mark up its version of the 2012 farm bill this week.

Members are scheduled to begin work at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25.

The committee has stated the legislation reforms farm policy, consolidates and streamlines programs, and will reduce the deficit by $23 billion.

The National Corn Growers Association is grateful that the Senate Ag Committee developed a plan that saves taxpayers money while strengthening initiatives that help farmers, ranchers and small business owners create American jobs.

“At a time when the United States is borrowing 42 cents on every dollar spent, we are pleased to see the Senate Agriculture Committee be responsive to our federal deficit crisis,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer.

“We are delighted the Senate Agriculture Committee is moving forward with the 2012 farm bill at a steady pace and look forward to continuing the process.”

Earlier last week, NCGA sent a letter with several other agriculture advocacy groups to Senate Ag Committee members outlining our priorities for the new bill. To read the letter, click here.