Senator Deb Fischer Joins Senate Agriculture Committee

Nebraska reclaims its spot on the committee

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Senator Deb Fischer Joins Senate Agriculture Committee

Senator Deb Fisher speaks on Nebraska's main industry.

Senator Deb Fisher speaks on Nebraska's main industry.

Photo by Maria Miller

Senator Deb Fisher speaks on Nebraska's main industry.

Photo by Maria Miller

Photo by Maria Miller

Senator Deb Fisher speaks on Nebraska's main industry.

Maria Koliopoulos, Graphics Editor

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Jan. 11, 2018 — Senator Deb Fischer has reclaimed Nebraska’s seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee after Ben Sasse gave it up a year ago. The coverage gap marked the first time Nebraska didn’t have a place on the committee for nearly half a century.

“Agriculture is the backbone of Nebraska’s economy,” said Fischer. In fact, according to the Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture, one in four jobs in the state is related to agriculture.

Fischer joins the committee just in time to weigh in on a number of issues that will affect Nebraska farmers and ranchers. This year, the committee is expected to craft a new farm bill, covering crop subsidies, conservation payments, and rural development programs. The bill is updated about every five years.

The newest version of the bill has farmers hopeful for a reversal of the downward trend of crop prices over the past few years. Higher prices would likely mean greater revenue for Nebraska farmers and ranchers, who brought in a total of $23 billion in revenue in 2015.

Maria Koliopoulos

Maria became a member of The Flightline in January of 2016. She is a senior this year involved in show choir at Skutt Catholic and is probably climbing a tree or drawing outside of school. You can email her at [email protected]