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Neb. Farm Bureau pleased Farm Bill given final approval

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The sweeping Farm Bill that Congress sent to President Obama yesterday has something for almost everyone, and has the stamp of approval by Nebraska's Capitol Hill delegation and the Nebraska Farm Bureau.

The farm bill includes a financial cushion for farmers who face unpredictable weather and market conditions. It also provides subsidies for rural communities and environmentally-sensitive land.

But the bulk of its cost is the 80 billion dollars a year allocated for food stamps.

The long anticipated compromise is a sigh of relief for many farmers and ranchers.
"The Farm Bill does bring certainty to Nebraska farmers and ranchers on the direction of American farm policy and farm programs for the next five years," says Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson. "Which is important to Nebraska farmers and our entire state's economy because it is so heavily based on agriculture."
"It provides risk management and disaster assistance programs - it provides environmental stewardship, it bolsters export opportunities,"  adds U.S. Senator Deb Fischer.
White House staff says that the president will sign the bill tomorrow in Michigan.

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