LINCOLN, NEB. – “Last night’s action by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to deny a proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, a widely used agricultural crop protection product, is a sign that we are moving in the right direction with this administration when it comes to fixing the problematic culture of an agency that has promoted regulation first instead of science and common sense.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Nebraska Farm Bureau is very pleased to see the nomination of Sonny Perdue move out of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Former Gov. Perdue has a long record of service to farmers and ranchers and we certainly hope his nomination will be taken up by the full senate and approved as soon as possible.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “While we understand the give and take of the legislative process, we are very disappointed in the tax reform proposal being considered by the Legislature’s Revenue Committee. Throughout the legislative hearing process, the Agriculture Leaders Working Group testified before the Revenue Committee on numerous bills that would provide a pathway to provide meaningful property tax relief for Nebraska farmers and ranchers, and all Nebraska property taxpayers.”
BROKEN BOW, NEB. – Custer County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a “Road to Property Tax Reform” forum to be held Saturday, March 25 at 2:30 p.m. at the Tumble Weed in Broken Bow. The event is open to the public.
LEXINGTON – After a decade of providing scholarships for non-traditional students, age 25 or older living in Nebraska’s rural communities, the Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation (NRRF) has announced it will dissolve on April 1, 2017.
“Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, homebuilders, small businesses, counties, and landowners welcome President Trump’s Executive Order to send the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule back to the drawing board. This proposal was flawed from the start and proved to be little more than a federal land grab to take away private property rights under the guise of protecting water quality.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural dignitaries from across the state will help honor the 100th anniversary of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) in a year-long celebration. A new centennial web page is launched and Governor Pete Ricketts issued a proclamation to recognize Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 100 years and its ability to unite thousands of Nebraska farm and ranch families under a common banner—doing together what they can’t do alone.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We were very pleased to see the Senate finally confirm Scott Pruitt as the new administratorfor the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Our thanks go out to Nebraska Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse for supporting Mr. Pruitt's nomination, as well.”
NORTH PLATTE, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation and its Promotion and Education Committee hosted the first annual Agriculture Matters Race on Feb. 4 in North Platte. Racers from across the state came together to celebrate agriculture in Nebraska and the connection to health and fitness.
LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Farm Bureau says a legislative proposal to change the way agricultural land is valued in Nebraska could be helpful, but the measure won’t deliver the property tax reform being sought by rural and urban Nebraskans who’ve seen their property taxes skyrocket over the last decade.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement after meeting with President Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture nominee, former Governor Sonny Perdue. Senator Sasse and USDA Secretary nominee Perdue were joined by Nebraska agriculture leaders, including Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, Nebraska Cattlemen President Troy Stowater, and Nebraska Sugarbeet Growers President Kendall Busch.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Over the last four years I’ve traveled the state visiting with thousands of farmers, ranchers, homeowners, and small business owners across rural Nebraska. Through all those interactions virtually everyone has told me their property taxes are too high.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “While a 20 percent tariff on imports from Mexico into the U.S. would have limited impact on prices for Nebraska agriculture commodities, the possibility of retaliatory tariffs enacted by Mexico could be devastating to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and Nebraska’s overall economy.”
KEARNEY, NEB. – Katie Hothem of Sumner, Kyle Lechtenberg of Spencer, Chris Niemann of Dwight, and Lindsey Stern of Anselmo advanced to the final round of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet to be held at the next NFBF Annual Convention, Dec. 3-5, 2017.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We are certainly disappointed with President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Economic analysis conducted by the Nebraska Farm Bureau showed that virtually every county in Nebraska would have been positively impacted by the agreement with the state as a whole projected to see increased agricultural cash receipts by more than $378 million annually.“