Senate passes $867 billion farm bill
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed an $867 billion farm bill.
A representative from the Nebraska Farm Bureau says the passing of this bill means certainty for agriculture and the state of Nebraska.
"In the times that we are living in in the agricultural economy some certainty, a safety net that's provided to farmers and ranchers and also those who are less fortunate on the food and nutrition side of things, it's good for everybody," said Jordan Dux, a NEFB Director of National Affairs.
Dux says this bill virtually touches everybody in the country and that's why every year we spend so much time passing a farm bill and getting it past the finish line.
"We talk farm bills about making it financially sound for agricultural but also making it financially sound for tax payers and we believe this bill does that, it provides the programs that farmers and ranchers need but also on the nutrition side of things," said Dux.
Many state officials sent out statements, one being from Senator Deb Fischer.
"In a time of uncertainty for farm country, this bill is going to bring confidence, stability, and predictability to our families who feed our hungry world."
Aside from the farm bill, the Trump administration is planning a major change to a clean water rule in the United States.
Dux says this is a good thing because Nebraska has spent a lot of time and money trying to manage water pollution in the state.
"The federal government has some limited authority there in what this new rule today, that was signed today and starts the process now, does clearly lay out and clearly limit what role the federal government has in the way of water regulation," said Dux.
There were statements from this proposal as well, one from Governor Pete Ricketts.
"This new proposal returns more power to the states and private land owners where it belongs."
While the Clean Water Act has passed, the farm bill is expected to be brought to a vote this week in the House of Representatives.