Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Oversight Hearing Focusing on Accountability in Farm Bill Programs

Washington, DC – Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced the Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. in room G50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The oversight hearing will focus on accountability in the Farm Bill, and the importance of measuring performance while eliminating duplication and waste.

The hearing, "Farm Bill Accountability:  The Importance of Measuring Performance, While Eliminating Duplication and Waste,” will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 9:30 a.m. EST in SD-G50. A live, streaming webcast of the hearing will be available for viewing on the Committee website at http://ag.senate.gov.

WITNESS LIST

Panel 1

Hon. Dallas Tonsager, Under Secretary, Rural Development, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

Hon. Michael Scuse, Acting Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

Hon. Harris Sherman, Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

Hon. Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

Hon. Joe Leonard, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

Panel 2

Ms. Lisa Shames, Director of Food Safety and Agricultural Issues, Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC

Ms. Phyllis Fong, Inspector General, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

Mr. Brent Blankenship, Blankenship Brothers, Washtucna, WA

Ms. Masouda Omar, Manager of Business Finance Loan Production, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Denver, CO

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