Nebraska Congressman Talks Changes in 2018 Farm Bill

NORFOLK – Work has begun on the 2018 Farm Bill, with a very different ag market than the one when the 2014 bill was passed.

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District will be among the lawmakers crafting the next Farm Bill. He says with commodity prices so much lower than four years ago, farmers can expect some changes to how crop insurance gets paid out.

“It’s interesting that you can be a farmer on one side of the street and get paid a certain amount, and then a farmer on the other side of the street gets something totally different,” the first-year Congressman said during a stop in Norfolk on Monday. “So there needs to be a little bit of sanity put back into that.”

Bacon says the Ag Committee will be working hard to create stability at a time when Republicans are looking for major cuts in the next federal budget.

Bacon’s stop in Norfolk is well outside the border of the 2nd Congressional District, but as the only Nebraskan sitting on the Ag Committee, Bacon said he wants to hear from all Nebraskans on what they want from the next Farm Bill.

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