Congress has less than two weeks to act before the current farm bill expires.
Dozens of federal programs are included in the bill -- everything from crop insurance to food aid for the poor.
Spending on food aid is one of the reasons that House Republican leaders have refused to call the measure for a vote. U-S Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is among many farm-state politicians of both parties who have been critical of that decision.
The Macomb Planning Commission is reviewing whether those living in residential areas should be allowed to raise chickens.
“I think it's a progressive move to maybe think about allowing this. (Let's) see what people want,” said Commissioner Chris McDaniel.
Residents are allowed to keep chickens in some of the nation's largest cities, including Seattle, San Francisco, and St Louis. But Community Development Coordinator Ed Basch pointed out those are urban areas with no agricultural land nearby.