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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Nebraska - Rep. Fortenberry to hold "Ag Forums"

- from the desk of Traci Bruckner, Center for Rural Affairs,




In September, $3 billion will be cut from the agricultural budget. If done wrong, payments to family farmers will be cut and critical rural development and conservation programs for rural Nebraska could be cut significantly or eliminated.

If done right – by capping payments to mega farms – it would strengthen family farms and preserve funding for these critical programs.

The outcome is in our hands. This is a moment when grassroots action can make a huge impact. You are in a position to have an impact because your Congressman - Jeff Fortenberry – is on the Committee that will make the decision (the Agriculture Committee). Please take a critical step to help build a better future for Rural Nebraska by attending one of the Congressmen’s ag forums and open door meetings.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte will be attending the August 4th forum. Congressman Goodlatte is very influential because he is the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee. It is crucial that he hears loud and clear that Representative Fortenberry’s constituents want to see effective payment limitations enacted and preserve funding for rural development and conservation programs.

Ag Forums – August 2nd and August 4th

Tuesday, August 2nd at 1:30 p.m.
Northeast Community College Agriculture Complex
2301 E Benjamin AveNorfolk, NE

Thursday, August 4th at 3:30 p.m.
Lancaster Event CenterPavilion 3N
84th and Havelock Avenue
Lincoln, NE

Open Door Meetings - August 3rd and 5th

Wednesday, August 3rd – 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Wayne City Auditorium
410 Pearl St. – Wayne, NE

Wednesday, August 3rd – 4-5 p.m.
Stanton City Office
800 11th St.Stanton, NE

Friday, August 5th – 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Auburn City Office
1101 J St.Auburn, NE

Friday, August 5th – 4-5 p.m.
Nebraska City – City Office
1409 Central Avenue
Nebraska City, NE

for more information contact
Traci Bruckner,, or John Crabtree,
Center for Rural Affairs
Values. Worth. Action.


  • At 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Does the Center know whether Rep Fortenberry will support capping farm payments?


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