News Releases

LINCOLN, NEB. – "The decision by Aetna to pull out of the Nebraska health insurance exchange further demonstrates Obamacare is crumbling under its flawed philosophy of removing free market concepts from our nation’s health insurance system. Nebraska's farm and ranch families, many of whom get their health insurance from either the health insurance exchange or the open market, are the ones who will pay the very high price of Obamacare's failures.”

Accepting Applications Through June 30

LINCOLN, NEB – Farm Bureau’s Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. A total of 10 teams are selected for the 2018 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge, four finalists and six semi-finalists. These business owners compete for a share of $145,000 of startup funds.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “We are very supportive of the U.S. House of Representatives’ action today to pass the American Health Care Act. Nebraska Farm Bureau has, and continues to support efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. While not perfect, passage of this bill starts us down the road to improve and lower costs in the individual health insurance markets by reintroducing marketplace fundamentals back into the health insurance industry.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – As the Nebraska Legislature heads toward the final days of the 2017 Legislative session, there’s still time for senators to take meaningful action to address property taxes, said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, May 3.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “President Trump’s decision to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada, and Mexico versus completely withdrawing from the trade compact is clearly the right decision. Stepping away from a trade agreement that has a proven track record of creating jobs and generating billions of dollars for Nebraska agriculture and the state’s broader economy would be a mistake of epic proportions.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today we learned President Trump’s administration is considering an executive order to have the U.S. withdraw from NAFTA. This dangerous move could cost Nebraska farmers and ranchers more than $2.6 billion per year in agricultural exports. Such a loss couldn’t come at a worse time as farm and ranch families already face significantly lower prices for virtually every agricultural commodity produced. We also remain very concerned that the proposed action could threaten Nebraska’s broader economy as we have already witnessed significant state revenue shortfalls as a direct result of a weakened agricultural sector.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Nebraska Farm Bureau is very excited that former Gov. Sonny Perdue has been confirmed to lead the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Governor Perdue will serve our nation’s farmers and ranchers well. His willingness to serve as American’s agriculture voice in the federal government deserves both our admiration and respect.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – According to the Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB), a recent survey of Nebraska Farm Bureau members strongly indicates that farm and ranch families are negatively impacted at a much higher level than their urban counterparts as they cope with exponential growth of premiums in the individual health insurance markets, caused by the implementation the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today the Nebraska Legislature started debate on LB 461, legislation that, as advanced by the Legislature’s Revenue Committee fails to provide meaningful and substantial property tax reform and relief for Nebraskans.”

Lincoln, Neb. – “As our coalition has stated on numerous occasions, Nebraskans want and need tax reform that reduces our state’s overreliance on local property taxes to fund government services and education. LB 461 is a misguided piece of legislation that does nothing to lessen the reliance on property taxes for hard working Nebraskans, but instead calls for major cuts to income taxes that could threaten future state resources for funding education. The failure of the Legislature to appropriately provide state funding to schools has continued to put greater pressure on local property taxes to fund this priority, LB 461 will only make this situation worse.”

More Must Be Done to Address Property Taxes

LINCOLN, NEB. – Two high profile bills scheduled for debate by Nebraska lawmakers don’t do enough to provide meaningful property tax reform and relief according to leaders of Nebraska agriculture organizations. The agriculture leaders, representing tens of thousands of Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and livestock feeders, say the tax related provisions included in LB 640 and LB 461 fall short of the expectations of Nebraska property taxpayers.

Lincoln, Neb., March 14, 2017 – A pair of bills targeted to changing Nebraska tax policy fail to meet the principles outlined by a growing coalition of taxpayers, business owners, local school board members, superintendents, agriculture, and education groups from across Nebraska. Nebraskans United for Property Tax Reform and Education coalition members met this week to discuss both LB 640 and LB 461, bills slated for debate by the full Legislature following the Easter break.

LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation selected two recipients for the Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor of the Year award. Jesse Bower from Sutton Public Schools and Amy Tomlinson from Sandy Creek Public Schools were honored at the Nebraska FFA Convention on Thur., April 6, in Lincoln. The winning advisors received a plaque and $1,000 donation to their FFA chapters.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) urged President Donald Trump to raise the issue of access by U.S. beef producers to China during his upcoming meetings with Chinese President, Xi Jinping. Since 2003, China has banned the importation of U.S. beef. While it was announced, the ban would be lifted last fall, a formal agreement to reopen Chinese borders to U.S. beef has failed to take shape.

PIERCE, NEB. – Madison and Pierce County Farm Bureaus are sponsoring a “Road to Property Tax Reform” forum, Monday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m. at the White House in Pierce. The event is open to the public and lunch will be provided.