United States Senator Deb Fischer doesn’t believe nutrition programs will undergo any serious change as Congress works to craft a new Farm Bill.
Fischer calls the Farm Bill the safety net for producers.
“Agriculture is the economic engine for the state of Nebraska,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So, we need to make sure that that segment of our economy is going to continue to weather a lot of these ups and downs in the cycle and be able to produce.”
Controversy surrounds a proposal in the House to add work training requirements to the food stamp program.
Fischer doesn’t see that passing the Senate.
“Again, the main objective is to get a Farm Bill out of committee with bipartisan support, so we can get to the floor in strong shape and be able to get this done,” Fischer says.
Fischer says the Farm Bill needs to provide certainty to producers, especially during this time of low commodity prices and a struggling agricultural economy. Fischer, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says she will push for a rollback in regulations and an increased emphasis on trade. Fischer says it is important that the Market Development Program run by the United States Department of Agriculture remain intact.
One of the reasons Fischer doesn’t see drastic changes to the nutrition program in the Farm Bill is because major legislation cannot move in the Senate without 60 votes. The Republican majority must gain support from enough Democrats for any farm legislation to pass.
The current Farm Bill expires in September.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]