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Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Regarding House Passage of Farm Bill

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today, the members of the House of Representatives took an important step in moving Congress toward passage of the new farm bill. As I’ve stated on many occasions, food security is national security and the farm bill is the instrument that delivers that security for Americans.”

“While not perfect, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 achieves many of the provisions sought by Nebraska Farm Bureau and its members in a farm bill. The House adopted legislation that protects federal crop insurance, provides meaningful adjustments to commodity title programs, improves conservation programs, and provides funding for research, trade promotion, and rural development programs that will benefit farmers, ranchers, and virtually all citizens across our state and our nation. It also contains provisions to allow agriculture interests to work to address critical issues related to health care and health insurance.”

“We especially want to thank all three of Nebraska’s House members, Congressmen Fortenberry, Bacon, and Smith, as each one made their own individual mark on this vital piece of legislation.”

“It’s also important to note that we appreciate the work that has been done by Sen. Fischer and the Senate Agriculture Committee in advancing their version of a farm bill. We encourage the Senate to follow the lead of the House in moving promptly to deliver a farm bill that meets the needs of Nebraska’s farm and ranch families to aid them in providing food, fuel, and fiber for our country and the world.”

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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