LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is asking Nebraska’s three House members to support the Senate passed version of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act when it comes to the House floor for a vote.
“Whether it’s good roads to move crops and livestock from our fields, pastures, and feedlots to market, or subsequently moving agriculture commodities and products to ports for transport to international customers, infrastructure is critical to Nebraska farm and ranch families. That’s why Nebraska Farm Bureau is a long-time supporter of investing in infrastructure as a fundamental function of the federal government and the core reason we support moving this legislation to President Biden’s desk so it can be signed into law,” said Mark McHargue Nebraska Farm Bureau president.
The bill invests $110 billion in U.S. roads and bridges, $65 billion in broadband, $55 billion in federal water infrastructure projects, and $17.3 billion in ports and inland waterways. In addition, this bipartisan agreement includes several provisions designed to boost the resiliency of our farms, ranches, and rural communities. Lastly, the bill also provides needed regulatory relief for our nation’s livestock and insect haulers by providing an additional 150 air-mile radius Hours of Service exemption for those within that distance from their destination.
“While not perfect, this infrastructure package goes a long way toward providing the investment needed to ensure our country remains economically competitive for years to come as we continue to grow food and feed people around the world,” McHargue said.
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 57,000 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 www.nefb.org.