Fischer Discusses Drought With Nebraska Producers, Again Calls For House To Pass The Farm Bill

August 7, 2012

CHADRON, Nebraska, August 7, 2012 - After meeting with Nebraska producers and discussing the federal government’s response to the drought, U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer once again called for the U.S. House to take immediate action and pass the Farm Bill:

“Over the last several days, I have had the opportunity to speak with producers and Nebraska Farm Bureau members in Chadron, as well as individual producers in Lexington, West Point and Broken Bow.

“Many of the Nebraska producers I have spoken to are disappointed with the federal government’s slow response to the region’s severe drought conditions, especially the delay in opening up Conservation Reserve Program land to haying and grazing.

“I share the concern of Nebraska farmers and ranchers over the failure of the House to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill.

“The historic drought affecting Nebraska and the Midwest has devastated this year’s crop yield, resulting in a spike in commodity prices. Action on the part of Washington is needed now.

“The Senate has already passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that modernizes our nation’s agriculture policy while cutting spending by billions of dollars.

“Unfortunately, some House members seem determined to delay the Farm Bill and only extend it for a single year. That simply isn’t acceptable.

“In midst of one of the worst droughts in recent memory, it is time for the House to stop playing politics and pass a five-year Farm Bill that provides both short-term relief and long-term certainty for America’s farmers and ranchers.

“Americans have been waiting too long to see Republicans and Democrats cast politics aside and work together for the betterment of the country. Passing a bipartisan Farm Bill provides an excellent opportunity to do just that.”