Government
9:03 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Ag. Director: Farm bill will help Neb. recovery

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Farmers and ranchers who suffered losses due to Nebraska's severe weather may see some relief with the passage of a new farm bill.

The bill includes livestock assistance provisions for producers, some of whom were hit by an October blizzard that killed thousands of cattle. Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach said Tuesday that the legislation also includes support for natural resources programs, international trade and nutritional services.

Ibach says the bill includes a strong insurance component, which Nebraska producers had also sought.

The nearly $100 billion-a-year farm bill includes provisions for nearly everyone, from Midwest corn farmers to the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients.

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