Considering the upcoming midterm elections, I would like to thank Sen. Deb Fischer for her efforts on behalf of Nebraska’s agriculture community.

Senator Fischer has a long history of working on behalf of ag producers during her tenure in the U.S. Senate. She currently serves on two U.S. Senate committees that oversee many of the policy issues that impact Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers: the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and the Agriculture Committee.

During her time on EPW, Senator Fischer was instrumental in fighting the misguided 2015 Waters of the United States rule, which would have subjected every puddle, ditch and stream to costly and burdensome federal Clean Water Act permitting. Such regulation is best vested with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, which has a variety of regulatory tools at its disposal and already administers our state’s livestock waste statutes.

Sen. Fischer’s new role on Senate Agriculture Committee gives Nebraska’s producers a seat at the table as the next Farm Bill is written.

Many Nebraskans are likely unaware that this comprehensive legislation ensures that farm safety nets are in place to help farmers and ranchers weather a tough ag economy and increasingly tight margins. Without critical programs like crop insurance, drought assistance and livestock indemnity, Nebraska’s $23 billion ag economy would suffer a devastating blow. The consequences would be far reaching and cripple the state’s overall economic health.

Nebraska’s agriculture community greatly appreciates Senator Fischer’s efforts and are proud she represents our state.

Troy Stowater, West Point

Past president, Nebraska Cattlemen

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