May 13 2023 - May 14 2023
Joined by Senator Boozman, Ranking Member on the Senate Ag Committee
LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, led a series of roundtable discussions with family farmers and ranchers on Friday to discuss priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill. Senator Fischer also visited with stakeholders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center (ENREEC) facility about their efforts to further cutting-edge precision ag technologies. Senator Fischer hosted U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.), the Senate Agriculture Committee’s top Republican, in joining the group.
“I was happy to host Senator Boozman here in Nebraska as we visited with our farmers and ranchers, as well as ag researchers, to talk about priorities for this year’s Farm Bill. This critical legislation impacts nearly every aspect of our nation’s ag policies for the next five years, and it’s critical that we get it right. That includes preserving important safety nets like crop insurance, improving access to precision ag technologies, and cutting red tape on disaster relief.
“I want to thank Senator Boozman for traveling the state with me, and I look forward to working with him to ensure the needs of Nebraska producers are met as they work to feed and fuel the world,” said Senator Fischer.
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Senator Fischer first spoke with farmers in the Valley, Nebraska, area about programs important to Nebraska producers in this Farm Bill like crop insurance. The group discussed how extreme federal and state regulations, like California’s Prop 12, will harm producers and their ability to feed the world. The roundtable also touched on the critical role trade policy plays in Nebraska’s agricultural economy, and the crushing impact inflation is having on input costs and access to credit.
Senators Fischer and Boozman, along with U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), joined a roundtable with stakeholders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center (ENREEC) facility. At the roundtable, researchers talked about their efforts to collaborate with producers and make Nebraska a national leader in precision ag technologies, including the utilization of advanced irrigation techniques to reduce water usage and exciting advancements in sensor-based fertigation management research to boost efficiency and profitability. After the roundtable, the Senators toured ENREEC’s demonstration fields.
Senators Fischer and Boozman visited Mead Cattle Company to tour the company’s feed lots and talk with a group of cattle producers about their operations and key Farm Bill initiatives. On the tour, Senator Fischer emphasized that farmers and ranchers are great stewards of their land and highlighted the need to demonstrate the positive work Nebraska producers are doing every day to feed and fuel the world.