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Gov. Ricketts Applauds Farm Bill Signing, Proposed SNAP Work Requirements

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) applauded news that President Donald J. Trump had signed the Farm Bill into law.

“Thank you to the entire Nebraska federal delegation for their support of the Farm Bill and to President Trump for signing it into law.  With an extended period of low commodity prices, a new five-year Farm Bill gives Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers much-needed stability and certainty.  This is a win for the people of Nebraska who help feed the world,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Additionally, Nebraska appreciates President Trump’s proposal to allow for work requirements for able-bodied adults participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  I want to specifically thank Senator Ben Sasse for his leadership in this area.  Nebraska has a voluntary program to help SNAP families get better jobs and to become more financially independent.  Giving more flexibility in this area can help states as we work to encourage more people to take advantage of the great opportunities we have available.”

“The 2018 Farm Bill supports nutrition programs, international trade, research, animal disease prevention programs, and conservation,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman.  “It’s a long-term investment in agriculture and it provides producers with tools to help them succeed.  I appreciate the work done by Senator Deb Fischer and Representative Don Bacon on their respective ag committees to help move this bill forward to President Trump’s desk.  Passage of the bill ensures that farmers, ranchers, and consumers have access to critical programs and services and the certainty of a safety net in a struggling ag economy.”