Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach offered the following statements on the progression of the new federal Farm Bill.
“I want to extend my appreciation to the House Agriculture Committee for the thoughtful discussion held last week and throughout the past month during hearings on several titles of the new farm bill. I applaud Committee leaders for including several Nebraskans among the experts chosen for the hearing panels.
“It is crucial the Committee now move expeditiously to put forward a bill. Timely action on new farm policy will allow Nebraska farmers and ranchers to appropriately plan for future production seasons, without the uncertainty that would come if a bill was not advanced and current program authorities were to expire.
“I look forward to legislation that maintains a safety net through sound risk management programs; contains streamlined conservation programs that help producers support our clean air, our water and productive soils; and continues trade programs that aid in market development and facilitation of overseas sales.
“I urge our federal Congressional leaders to take the steps necessary to move farm bill legislation forward. It is critical to our task of ensuring food, energy and fiber for our state, nation and world.”