Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

May 2002


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 05/29/2002. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


It depends on the competition. Stories with the biggest, boldest headlines in today’s newspaper might not even rate front-page coverage tomorrow. The 2002 Farm Bill has dominated agricultural news for months. But two other policy initiatives in Congress also could have important impacts on Nebraska’s farmers. The first is a comprehensive energy bill, particularly its provisions for renewable fuels. The other is a “trade promotion authority” bill. Both probably would have received considerably more attention, had it not been for the farm bill’s timing.