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Rural Red Alert: Nebraskans act now to move important agricultural priorities forward

Nebraskans - your help is needed to advance two bills that will benefit rural Nebraska. Sen. Carol Blood has reintroduced the Beginning Veteran Farmer Tax Credit bill (LB 5), and Sen. Mark Kolterman has introduced LB 28 to address issues with adverse possession. Hearings for both bills are scheduled this week.

Abuse of agricultural trade aid costs U.S. taxpayers

In 2018, President Trump pledged $12 billion to provide direct aid to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean and wheat producers. Through the Market Facilitation Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has administered this aid to provide short-term relief to producers who are feeling the effects of ongoing trade disputes with foreign governments.

Medicaid expansion is a win for rural health care

On Election Day, voters in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah, approved the expansion of Medicaid. This expansion will extend health insurance coverage to more than 300,000 low-income residents. When implemented, no longer will residents earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level be left without insurance coverage because they earn too little to qualify for subsidies to purchase coverage from the insurance marketplace and too much to be eligible for Medicaid.

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