Farm Bill 2018

NORFOLK - Work is still continuing to pass the 2018 Farm Bill, but it likely won’t be brought back up until after the midterm elections.

That’s according to Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer who tells News Talk WJAG the Senate’s $428 billion version passed in late June, but there is still plenty of discussion left in the House of Representatives version.

Fischer says cotton is an issue in the bill right now.

"The chair of the House of Representatives Ag Committee is from Texas and represents cotton. He would like more for cotton, but I don't know how that will turn out. It's a sticking point and we need to get this done before the end of the year and hopefully we're on track for that."    

Fischer says there are also rumors out there that the farm programs expired along with the bill at the end of September, but those rumors aren’t true.

She says a vast majority of the programs are on a calendar year so they’ll go till the end of December.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of a woman whose ex-boyfriend was convicted of killing her hours after his release from a psychiatric clinic.

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