U.S. Senator Ben Nelson says it may be difficult to keep some agricultural programs from being cut because of the federal deficit.
Nelson says hearings began Wednesday in Washington on the Food and Fuel Security Act. Nelson says it’s important that Congress not make cuts to the USDA rural development program, which he says Nebraska home owners, businesses, and communities benefited from last year. According to Nelson, Nebraska received $189 million in USDA rural development funds in 2011.
A UNO political scientist says former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey’s decision not to seek the Democratic nomination for Ben Nelson’s seat will make it difficult for the state Democratic party to field a viable candidate.