LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau has registered its opposition to a bill seeking to tax the use of irrigation water. Introduced by Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus, LB 1022 would create a one-cent tax on every 10 gallons of water pumped from an irrigation well capable of producing at least 5,000 gallons of water per day. The bill would direct the new tax monies to fund schools, according to Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson.
LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Smith, who is seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District, received the designation based on his work on several policy issues of high priority to Nebraska farmers and ranchers, according to Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson.
LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Fischer, who is seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate, received the designation based on her strong track record of supporting Nebraska’s farm and ranch families, according to Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Congratulations to Sen. Deb Fischer on her selection as Chair of the Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security Subcommittee. As a rancher, Sen. Fischer brings a tremendous level of livestock agriculture expertise to the committee and has a proven track record of working with agriculture producers. One of her first actions as a Nebraska state lawmaker was to protect private information shared by Nebraska livestock producers as part of a national animal identification system. She represented the needs and interests of Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers with that successful legislation and has been doing so ever since. We look forward to continuing to work with her in her role as Chair of the Subcommittee, and as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We applaud Sen. Fischer’s efforts to bring a common sense, legislative solution to address burdensome and unnecessary air emission reporting regulations on Nebraska’s farm and ranch families. Sen. Fischer’s introduction of the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act (FARM Act) would exempt farms and ranches from reporting routine air emissions from farm animals and their manure.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today, in conjunction with other members of the Agriculture Leaders Working Group, the Nebraska Farm Bureau offered its support for LB 1084, legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Briese to generate new revenues to fund K-12 education, while also providing significant property tax relief.”
BROKEN BOW, NEB. – Custer County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a “Road to Property Tax Reform” forum on Mon., Feb. 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the One Box Convention Center in Broken Bow. The event is open to the public.
STAPLETON, NEB. – McPherson, Logan and Thomas County Farm Bureaus are sponsoring a “Road to Property Tax Reform” forum on Mon., Feb. 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center in Stapleton. The event is open to the public.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Leann Robitaille of Omaha, Neb., Nick Haack of Upland, Neb., and Heidi Pieper of Farnam, Neb., have accepted regional manager positions within the Nebraska Farm Bureau, Rob Robertson, Nebraska Farm Bureau chief administrator said Feb. 1. Robitaille will serve as the Southeast regional manager, Haack will be the first to serve in the newly formed South Central region as regional manager and Pieper will serve as the Southwest regional manager.
“Yesterday’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to delay implementation of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule is another positive step toward the elimination of this harmful, vague, and burdensome regulation. Without the announced two-year delay, Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, small business owners, and virtually anyone who turns earth with a shovel, would have been subject to federal regulations which looked to treat dry land as flowing water.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – On the one-year anniversary of President Trump signing an executive order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Nebraska Farm Bureau urged President Trump to find new markets for Nebraska agricultural commodities.
OMAHA, NEB. – Chris Niemann of Dwight, Erin Norman of Crawford, Jason Perdue of York, and Brady Revels of Omaha advanced to the final round of the Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet to be held at the next NEFB Annual Convention, Dec. 2-4, 2018.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Property tax relief continues to be of the highest priority for the members of Nebraska Farm Bureau. We are encouraged by Gov. Ricketts interest in placing greater emphasis on property taxes as part of his tax relief package and to see the property tax issue receive the attention it deserves. The governor’s ongoing efforts to bring interests to the table to find a solution are appreciated and we look forward to working with him and others to provide the tax relief being sought by Nebraskans.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “The appointment of Sen. Fischer to the Senate Agriculture Committee is tremendous news not just for Nebraska farmers and ranchers, but for farmers and ranchers across our country. As a rancher, and as an individual who has represented the interests of agriculture at all different levels of public service, we could not be more pleased to have her providing leadership and direction to the Senate Agriculture Committee as they begin the task of developing the 2018 Farm Bill. We thank her for her continued commitment and her ongoing efforts to improve the environment in which Nebraska’s farm and ranch families work to operate and grow their family businesses.”
Registration is open for the 2018 Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Conference, Jan. 19-20 at the CoCo Key Water Resort in Omaha. The conference theme is “Waves of Opportunity” and is presented by Nebraska Farm Bureau, Douglas County Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of America, and the Aurora Cooperative.