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Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Regarding Deal Between White House and Congress on Disaster Assistance Package

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today’s announcement of an agreement between the leadership of the House, Senate, and White House on a disaster assistance package is welcomed news to Nebraska farmers and ranchers. The package will provide much needed aid to help with recovery from the March flooding and blizzards in our state.”

“With the Senate passing the package today, the House is expected to take it up as soon as tomorrow. It is our hope the President will sign this critical legislation shortly thereafter so farmers and ranchers who continue to work through recovery will soon receive targeted disaster funding.”

“The package includes about $3 billion to cover crop damage, including additional funding for farmers who were prevented from planting due to the floods, as well as payments for on-farm stored grain that was damaged. The bill also provides $558 million in funding for the Emergency Conservation Program, the primary program farmers and ranchers can utilize for fence repair and debris removal, including clearing sand from farm fields.”

“We want to thank the entire Nebraska Congressional delegation for all of their behind the scenes work in getting this package across the finish line.”

The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service, and advocacy efforts. More than 61,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit

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