What is in this article?:
- Farm bill failure to trigger drop in ag exports?
- Ripple effect
- Failure to pass a five-year farm bill before adjourning last month may mark the beginnings of a drought on U.S. agricultural exports
"Nebraska products like corn, soybeans, sorghum, wheat, beef, pork and poultry all utilize these funds, so the ripple effect will have profound impacts on rural communities and our state until Congress acts," Friesen said.
According to the U.S. Meat Export Federation, exports add $212 in value to each beef animal and nearly $56 to the value of each hog.
"Exports are vital for those sectors and Nebraska, and all of these animals consume our corn, soybeans and related feed products," said Pope.
It is not only export programs that are hurt with the failure of getting a farm bill passed.
"Conservation, dairy, energy and specialty crops are all impacted, but just as important this year is the need for drought assistance for livestock producers," Friesen said. "Hopefully representatives will hear from the countryside and realize just what is at stake and the ripple effects of not taking action will have back on Main Street in their district."