LINCOLN, NEB. – “The science surrounding the safety and environmental benefits of GMO products is clear. Food produced using GMO technology is unquestionably safe. While we opposed the mandatory nature of this bill, the potential costs to consumers, farmers and ranchers of a state-by-state patchwork of unnecessary GMO labeling laws would have been damaging. While not perfect, this legislation does allow for the continued development and investment in crop technologies in agriculture due in part to the national uniformity it provides regarding GMO labeling. We appreciate Sen. Fischer’s support of this bill and hope it will move quickly through the House so that the President may sign it before Vermont’s needless labeling law inflicts any more damage on our nation’s agricultural economy.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation awarded two Nebraska teachers an all-expense paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, June 20-24 in Litchfield Park, AZ.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) again demonstrated her ongoing commitment to representing the interests of Nebraska’s farm and ranch families by introducing legislation that would bring a much needed, common sense approach to regulations governing on-farm oil and fuel storage.”
LINCOLN, NEB – “Cuming County sets atop a long list of Nebraska counties that would benefit significantly from U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement according to an economic analysis conducted by the Nebraska Farm Bureau,” said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president, May 19.
LINCOLN, NEB. -- Jason Kvols of Laurel, Neb., has accepted the northeast regional director of membership position within the Nebraska Farm Bureau membership department, Phil Erdman vice president of membership said May 16. Kvols replaces Megan Kvols, who was hired as the director of ag literacy for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
LINCOLN, NEB – Nebraska farmers and fertilizer dealers are working together with members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation to fix a misguided regulatory proposal by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) related to the storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer. “The regulatory proposal was initiated under a false premise, is unnecessary, and will cost Nebraska cooperatives and Nebraska farmers millions of dollars collectively,” said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, May 12.
LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation's political action committee (PAC) has named three Congressional canidiates 'Friends of Agriculture'. The ‘Friend of Agriculture’ designation is given to selected candidates for public office based on their commitment to and positions on agricultural issues, qualifications and previous experience, communication abilities and their ability to represent their district.
LINCOLN, NE – In a legislative session where Nebraska Farm Bureau was able to work with state lawmakers to yield wins for agriculture, work still remains on the biggest prize sought by farmers and ranchers; the implementation of structural changes to better balance Nebraska’s overall tax burden and reduce the overreliance on property taxes to fund Nebraska schools, said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president, April 21.
LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska agriculture groups have joined together to urge Congress to fully fund the Agriculture Research Service (ARS), which includes funding for the Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in Clay Center, Nebraska, as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill. In a letter to U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, and Congressman Robert Aderholt, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Nebraska Cattlemen and Nebraska Pork Producers Association reiterated the importance of fully funding ARS.
LINCOLN, NE – “The selection of Dr. Ronnie Green as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor is great news for Nebraska agriculture and for Nebraska in general.”
LINCOLN, NE – “We appreciate the Legislature’s work today in advancing LB 958 for further consideration. This measure provides much needed additional dollars into the state’s property tax credit program targeted to providing immediate relief to Nebraska’s farm and ranch families who have been hit the hardest by skyrocketing property tax bills. Over the last decade property taxes collected on agricultural land have increased 176 percent.”
LINCOLN, NE – Statement by Steve Nelson, president of Nebraska Farm Bureau “Today’s action to end the legislative discussion on LR 378CA for the remainder of the legislative session sets the table for agriculture and the legislature to have a broader discussion about the way in which we can work together to best protect the interests of Nebraska farm and ranch families not just today, but well into the future.”
LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) Board of Directors appointed Martey Stewart, a member of the Dixon County Farm Bureau, to represent District 3 on the state Board of Directors. District 3 represents nine counties in the northeast corner of Nebraska. Former board member Joni Albrecht of Thurston resigned her board position in February to run for the District 17 seat in the Nebraska Legislature. The District 17 legislative seat is now held by State Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, who is term limited from running for re-election.
LINCOLN, NE – “We are disappointed the Senate failed to advance this compromise which would have created a voluntary federal GMO labeling standard that also preempts a damaging patchwork of state-by-state GMO Labeling laws. It is our hope that negotiations will continue and a final agreement will be reached before Congress adjourns for the Easter break. We thank Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse for their vote to help avoid unnecessary grocery cost increases and allow for continued innovation in agriculture.”
LINCOLN, Neb. – Addressing the property tax burden on Nebraskans should be the top priority for the Nebraska Legislature in the waning days of the 2016 legislative session. With less than 20 days of the 60-day legislative session remaining, Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging state lawmakers to refocus their efforts and come together to act on measures that would provide property tax relief. While also moving the state forward in property tax and school funding reforms to lessen the burden on property taxes over the long haul, said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president, March 15. The comments were made during a news conference held on the steps of the State Capitol with members of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors and farmers and ranchers from across the state.