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Nebraska Farm Bureau on the Farm Bill
The current farm bill will expire in September and lawmakers are still working on passing the latest version of the new farm bill.
The Nebraska Farm Bureau says there are a number of changes in the farm bill that are beneficial.
One being that direct payment will go away. Another big plus for farmers is crop insurance. This year's drought is a perfect example of why farmers need crop insurance.
But the Nebraska Farm Bureau says they've never had a safety net for livestock.
"I think when we look at a year like this with the extreme drought that we're having that maybe this is a time that we need to be looking are there some things we could do within the farm bill to provide some relief or some sort of safety net for livestock producers when we're in the extreme conditions that we are in the drought this year," said Steve Nelson, President of the Nebraska Farm Bureau.
Both U.S. Senate Candidates, Democrat Bob Kerrey and Republican Deb Fischer, have called on Congress to pass the federal farm bill, which includes assistance for wildfires and droughts.
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