Members of Senate Ag Committee want to increase investment in precision ag

Two members on the Senate Ag Committee say the 2023 Farm Bill should include increased access to precision ag technology.

Speaking with reporters after a farm bill roundtable in Eastern Nebraska Friday, Ranking Member John Boozman says innovation will help improve conservation efforts and help producers meet climate goals. “It’s going to be about technology. It’s going to be about research. It’s going to be about science in order to give us those capabilities. And it’s not only good for the environment, it’s good for our producers.”

He uses fertilizer application as an example. “If you find out that you can put 60% of the fertilizer that you normally were applying with fertilizer costing 130% higher than they were a couple years ago, that’s a big deal. That’s good for the producer. It’s good for the environment, it’s good for everybody.”

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer says research at land-grand universities can help link producers with research and new applications. “So that we can become even better stewards, better conservationists, better producers of the food and the fuel and the fiber.”

The Senators along with Pete Ricketts (R-NE) hosted a farmer roundtable in Valley, NE, where they discussed crop insurance, regulations and trade before engaging with stakeholders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Eastern Nebraska, Extension and Education (ENREEC) facility.  The group wrapped up their roundtables at Mead Cattle Company.

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