U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, led a series of roundtable discussions with family farmers and ranchers on Friday to discuss priorities for the 2023 Farm Bill.
Fischer also visited the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center (ENREEC) facility to learn about their efforts in advancing precision agriculture technologies.
Senator Fischer hosted U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.), the Senate Agriculture Committee’s top Republican, during this engagement.
“I was pleased to welcome Senator Boozman to Nebraska as we engaged with our farmers, ranchers, and agricultural researchers to discuss the priorities for this year’s Farm Bill,” Fischer said. “This significant legislation profoundly impacts various aspects of our nation’s agricultural policies for the next five years, and it is crucial that we approach it with precision.”
Senators Fischer and Boozman first spoke with farmers in the Valley, Nebraska, area about programs important to Nebraska producers in this Farm Bill like crop insurance. The roundtable also touched on the critical role trade policy plays in Nebraska’s agricultural economy, and the crushing impact inflation is having on input costs and access to credit.
The Senators, along with U.S. Senator Pete Ricketts, joined a roundtable with stakeholders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension and Education Center (ENREEC) facility. At the roundtable, researchers talked about their efforts to collaborate with producers and make Nebraska a national leader in precision ag technologies, including the utilization of advanced irrigation techniques to reduce water usage and exciting advancements in sensor-based fertigation management research to boost efficiency and profitability. After the roundtable, the Senators toured ENREEC’s demonstration fields.
Senators Fischer and Boozman visited Mead Cattle Company to tour the company’s feed lots and talk with a group of cattle producers about their operations and key Farm Bill initiatives.