Local

House Debates Split Farm Bill

House members have been debating the farm bill today, but a version that has been split from the nutrition title.  House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas urged House members to pass the legislation.

Right after that House Ag Ranking Member Collin Peterson voiced his opposition to the bill especially gutting the permanent 1949 law.

Peterson says this isn’t a bill that can be merged with the Senate version or signed by the President.

He says the House should not oppose the wishes of the majority of farm groups.  More than 500 formed a coalition last week urging the nutrition and farm titles be kept together.  However, just today the National Pork Producers Council and National Corn Growers Association switched their support for a split bill stating it was the only way to get passage.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Minnesota Budget Still Under Construction

money pile

State budget negotiations resumed at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's residence yesterday afternoon.

in Local

Death Penalty Showdown in Nebraska

needle

Governor Pete Ricketts has vetoed legislation passed by the Unicameral that would repeal the death penalty.

in Local

Bill to Allow Packer Ownership of Livestock Advances

baby Pigs 1

Meat packers would be able to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers under a bill advancing in the Unicameral.

in Local

Service Honors Fallen Omaha Officer

police lights

Funeral services for Omaha Police officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed in the line of duty, were held Tuesday.

in National

Storm death toll rises as Houston remains underwater

flood

Torrential rains and flooding have turned streets into rivers, killing more than a dozen people and destroying hundreds of homes.