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“The kindness and generosity of people across Nebraska and the United States is humbling, as close to $1.7 million has been collected for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Relief Fund, with 100 percent of funds raised going to farmers, ranchers and rural community residents in need of assistance,” said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president. The fund was established by the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit, so donations meet the criteria for qualified charitable contributions for tax purposes.

Nebraska Farm Bureau News sat down with Bobbie Kriz-Wickham, public affairs and outreach coordinator for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Nebraska. Here, she talks about a list of federal programs available to those individuals who have been impacted by the historic flooding and blizzard that hit Nebraska. For additional information please go to www.fsa.usda.gov/ne.

State lawmakers are not only wrestling with competing ideas on how to deliver property tax relief, but also are battling the clock as April 18 marked day 62 of the Nebraska Legislature’s 90-day session. That leaves a short, 28-day window for action on a tax relief measure, which, at the time of this writing, still requires the Legislature’s Revenue Committee to advance a bill, and then the full Legislature to advance what will most likely be a controversial tax relief measure through three rounds of floor debate. The governor has made it clear that any bill that generates new revenues to offset and replace property tax reductions will face a gubernatorial veto, ensuring that senators will have to rally 30 votes for an override, even if they successfully advance a bill.

After battling against the Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” rule (WOTUS), a wide-ranging, Nebraska-based coalition is offering support for a revised clean water rule offered by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers. The agencies were obligated to make changes to the WOTUS proposal in response to a 2017 Presidential Executive Order. The Common Sense Nebraska coalition offered support for the new proposal in comments submitted to the agencies April 15.