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.
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Legislature should be cautious and a careful examination is needed before moving forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would put “Right to Farm” protections in the Nebraska Constitution, said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president, Feb.22.
LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Board of Directors, Promotion and Education Committee and staff have selected two teachers as their 2016 Teachers of the Year.
LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska farm and business leaders say the Legislature’s passage of a bill allowing Nebraska-based pork processors to own hogs in Nebraska is a win for farmers, but also for the state’s broader economy. Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to Legislative Bill 176, Fri., Feb. 5, with a 34-14 vote. The measure eliminates a ban that was put in place in 1998 to prevent pork processors in Nebraska from owning hogs in the state and in turn prevent them from entering into agreements with Nebraska farmers to feed and care for processor owned hogs. The practice is common in other states and Nebraska is the last in the U.S. to prevent pork processors from owning hogs.
LINCOLN, NE –“Time is running out to apply for valuable scholarship dollars for our Nebraska Farm Bureau members and we encourage applicants to check out the programs available,” Megahn Schafer, executive director NFB Foundation for Agriculture said.
LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska farmers and ranchers can’t control the weather, but there are areas where decision making can dramatically affect their operation’s profitability in 2016 and beyond. The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s 2016 Ag Edge Conference will bring both local and national experts to the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Feb. 8-9, to “give farmers and ranchers a competitive edge today for success tomorrow,” according to Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson.
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Legislature is receiving praise from Nebraska agriculture and business groups for advancing a bill targeted to growing Nebraska’s pork industry. On Jan. 22, Lawmakers advanced legislative bill 176 onto the third and final round of debate. The measure would eliminate a ban that restricts pork processors with facilities in Nebraska from owning hogs and in turn partnering with farmers to handle the day-to-day feeding care of the animals. The practice is common in other states and Nebraska is the last state in the U.S. to prevent pork processors from owning hogs, said Al Juhnke, executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.