LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau wasted no time putting priorities for Nebraska farmers and ranchers in front of new leadership in the White House and on Capitol Hill. In a Jan. 20, Inauguration Day letter addressed to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and congressional leaders, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue asked for their help to ensure a bright future for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue has been elected to serve on the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Board of Directors. McHargue was elected to the position by delegates from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin during the Jan.13 Midwest Region Caucus of the virtual AFBF Annual Convention.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Property tax relief remains a high priority for Nebraskans and the members of Nebraska Farm Bureau. We greatly appreciate Governor Ricketts’ continued efforts to address this important issue. We look forward to working with him and the members of the Legislature to address our state’s overreliance on property taxes this session. We further appreciate the governor making broadband expansion a priority for Nebraska. High quality and high-speed internet service is vital to rural Nebraska and other underserved areas of our state. Whether its telehealth, education, access for main street businesses, or precision agriculture, expanding and improving broadband is vital for growth and Nebraska’s future.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Congress’s passage of the COVID-19 assistance package includes several important actions to assist Nebraska’s farm and ranch families, chief among them is a much needed clarification that farmers, ranchers, and other businesses will be allowed to deduct business expenses for tax purposes when such expenses were paid for using loan funds secured through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This important step ensures those who participated in the PPP program will not face a “surprise” tax bill. Program participants were widely under the impression that business expenses covered by PPP loans would continue to qualify for tax deductions per the Internal Revenue Service’s normal rules on business expenses. Farm Bureau has been a strong advocate for this important fix.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau has identified priority actions for the Biden administration to help expand markets for Nebraska agricultural commodities in 2021. Due to growth in international trade, the value of Nebraska’s agricultural exports now consistently accounts for 30 percent of the state’s total agricultural receipts.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Farmers and ranchers from across the state met virtually Dec. 8 to set policy for the Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) as part of the organization’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Convention. NEFB is Nebraska’s largest general farm and ranch organization, representing farmers and ranchers who produce virtually every agricultural commodity in the state.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We would like to congratulate Tom Vilsack for again taking up the leadership of the United States Department of Agriculture. As agriculture’s highest-ranking ambassador within the federal government, the Secretary of Agriculture is a vital position whose decisions affect the everyday lives of farm and ranch families across our great nation. While there are many tough policy issues facing agriculture, we have always appreciated how Secretary Vilsack approached issues with both honesty and integrity. Nebraska Farm Bureau had a strong working relationship with him and his team for eight years, and we hope to continue that relationship in the years ahead.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Mark McHargue of Central City has been elected to serve as President of the state’s largest farm and ranch organization. Delegates to the Dec. 8 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention selected McHargue to succeed Steve Nelson of Axtell, who retired from the position after serving nine years as president.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Alec Ibach of Kearney is the winner of the 2020 Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Virtual Discussion Meet competition. The award was announced Dec. 8, during the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 103rd Annual Convention held virtually on Dec. 8.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected Stan Garbacz as the 2020 recipient of its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award. He served 40 years in the Nebraska Department of Agriculture as Nebraska’s Agricultural Trade Representative — a position that emphasizes international market development for agricultural products grown in Nebraska.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today’s announcement that EPA will move forward to issue a five-year re-register of dicamba-based products is welcomed news. The decision will ensure these products are available for use by farmers during the 2021 growing season and beyond. Nebraska Farm Bureau has been a strong advocate for re-registration of dicamba products to ensure farmers continue to have crop protection product options. We want to thank EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for making this decision in a timely fashion as many farmers are in the process of making decisions about herbicide purchases for the upcoming year. We look forward to EPA’s release of complete details.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – All five members of the Nebraska congressional delegation have received the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award for the 116th Congress. The awards are given at the end of each Congress to lawmakers based on individual voting records on Farm Bureau priority issues which in 2020 included, trade, disaster relief, COVID-19 aid, and broadband, among others. Nebraska Farm Bureau nominated the members of the delegation for the awards.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “The report released today by the University of Nebraska detailing the critical role agriculture plays to our state’s economy is an important and unbiased illustration of the need for Nebraskans to continue to work together to support our state’s largest single industry. Understanding the vast majority of Nebraskans will never sit behind the steering wheel of a combine during harvest or start their day feeding livestock, the findings in this report clearly show that many Nebraskans are still connected to agriculture through the jobs that are created as a direct result of production agriculture activities. The work of our farm and ranch families continue to serve as seeds that subsequently help sprout into jobs in the areas of food processing, ag-based manufacturing, biotechnology, and transportation. As we work together with business, community, and elected leaders to grow our state, this report is a powerful reminder that supporting our farms and ranches, and the families that operate them, is still a smart investment for Nebraska.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Political Action Committee (NEFB-PAC) has endorsed Barry DeKay in his bid for re-election to serve as the Subdivision 2 representative on the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) Board of Directors. DeKay was first elected to the NPPD Board in 2015 and currently serves as NPPD Board Chair.
LINCOLN, NEB. – As we move into the fall of 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic still upon us, it is a year we won’t soon forget. Students may or may not be back in the classroom and we all may be either working from home or may be back at the office. But farmers and ranchers are working to move cattle and to start on harvest.