LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation has selected two teachers as their Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom 2017 Teachers of the Year. The Teacher of the Year is awarded to two outstanding teachers that incorporate agriculture into their classroom through innovative ideas.
LINCOLN, NEB. – "We welcome the nomination of Sonny Perdue as the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. We have great confidence that Sonny can and will be a strong voice for America’s farmers and ranchers.”
LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska voting delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 98th annual meeting approved resolutions that will provide the organization with authority from its grassroots members to push Congress toward the goal line on issues, like protecting crop insurance in the next farm bill, making the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) more flexible, and revamping the regulatory process that has been unworkable for the past eight years under the Obama administration, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) President Steve Nelson said Jan. 13.
LINCOLN, NEB. – "We greatly appreciate the ongoing efforts of Sen. Fischer to eliminate EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” Rule. Today’s introduction of a resolution by Sen. Fischer and Sen. Ernst to force EPA to withdraw or vacate this far reaching federal regulation is welcomed news to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and other landowners.
LINCOLN, NEB. – "Today, as part of his state of the state address, Governor Ricketts outlined his ideas for providing property tax relief to Nebraskans. While we appreciate his continued interest in property taxes and willingness to bring ideas to the table, including his proposal related to agricultural land valuation, the actions outlined today fall short of moving Nebraska toward overdue tax reform that reduces Nebraska’s over-reliance on property taxes to fund government services.”
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau, the Nebraska Cattlemen, the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Nebraska Farm Service Agency and others today joined in an announcement to encourage the state’s landowners to learn more about a new U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) option. Under the “Migratory Birds, Butterflies and Pollinators” State Acres for Wildlife (Migratory Birds SAFE) option, up to 10,000 acres can be enrolled in this CRP initiative in areas of the state known for playa wetlands.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Leaders of Nebraska agriculture organizations who represent tens of thousands of Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and livestock feeders have come together to outline principles to guide actions on comprehensive tax reform for Nebraska. The principles are targeted at addressing Nebraska’s current tax system, which has led to an imbalance and overreliance on property taxes to fund government services, said Dennis Fujan, president of the Nebraska Soybean Association, Jan. 10.
Phoenix, AZ – Congratulations to the Levrack team of Ryan and Austin Stauffer and Peter Miller of Seward and Windcall Manufacturing, led by Martin Bremmer of Venago, for participating in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. These two entrepreneurial teams were part of the final four to compete for Farm Bureau’s Entrepreneur of the Year by pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges before a live audience. The four finalists each received $15,000 in October for advancing in the competition.
PHOENIX – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) was recognized at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention for its performance in membership achievement and implementation of outstanding programs serving Farm Bureau members in 2016.
PHEONIX, AZ – Congratulations to Lancaster County Farm Bureau who was, one of 34 county Farm Bureaus nationwide, honored by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) for innovative program ideas in the organization’s County Activities of Excellence Awards (CAE) program. The winners were highlighted at AFBF’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show, which runs through Jan. 11.
LINCOLN, Neb. – The ongoing decline in Nebraska’s agriculture economy is among the top agriculture stories of 2016, according to Nebraska Farm Bureau. Also making the list are a series of actions slowing major federal regulatory proposals widely known to be detrimental to agriculture, and a growing call for tax reform and property tax relief, said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson.
LINCOLN, NEB. – "Following the release of an audit done by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) on protocols surrounding animal care at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, it is clear the protocols at USMARC are not as portrayed by The New York Times article which led to the USDA investigation of animal care at the USMARC facilities.”
Nine farmers and ranchers from across Nebraska have been selected for Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2017 Leadership Academy. The selected farmers and ranchers will begin a year-long program Jan. 26-27 in Kearney.
KEARNEY, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation held its Inaugural Grower’s Gala on Dec. 5 during the 2016 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Convention. The evening was filled with dinner, a live auction, and entertainment by rockabilly duo The Time Burners.
KEARNEY, NEB. – Paul and Elizabeth Janning of Hastings was named the recipient of the 2016 Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award, and Randy Reinke of Neligh was selected as the winner of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2016 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet. Both awards were given Tuesday, at the Membership Recognition luncheon during the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention held Dec. 4-6 in Kearney, Neb.