LINCOLN, NEB. – The future of agriculture relies upon the ability of young people to maintain and grow their farms and ranches. While the recent downturn in the agricultural economy could lead one to be pessimistic about the future, after a recent National Affairs visit to Washington D.C., the Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, continue to remain optimistic about the years ahead.
LINCOLN, NEB. – In an effort to strengthen the climate for agriculture in Nebraska, leaders of Nebraska’s agriculture organizations, representing tens of thousands of Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, and livestock feeders, have united to identify and focus on the key issues needed to keep Nebraska agriculture strong into the future.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We are pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to advance the Senate's GMO Labeling bill, sending it to the President’s desk for his signature. There is no question that the science surrounding GMO products shows a clear track record of safety and environmental benefits. While we continue to maintain that the mandatory nature of this bill is unnecessary, the potential costs to consumers, farmers and ranchers of a state-by-state patchwork of unnecessary GMO labeling laws forces us into supporting this measure. While not perfect, this legislation does allow for the continued development and investment in crop technologies in agriculture due in part to the national uniformity it provides regarding GMO labeling. We appreciate the support of all three of Nebraska's Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry, Brad Ashford and Adrian Smith and hope that the President's signature, making this proposal law, will help put this issue to rest.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – "OSHA's misguided and falsely predicated new regulations on anhydrous ammonia retail facilities must be put to a stop. This is clearly another example of a federal regulation that is entirely unneeded, unnecessary and unwarranted. We want to thank Sen. Fischer for introducing the Senate version of Congressman Adrian Smith's (NE-3) FARM Act which will help prevent Nebraska's farmers from being forced to pay thousands of dollars in increased fertilizer costs for no real benefit to public safety."
The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service and advocacy efforts. More than 61,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “The science surrounding the safety and environmental benefits of GMO products is clear. Food produced using GMO technology is unquestionably safe. While we opposed the mandatory nature of this bill, the potential costs to consumers, farmers and ranchers of a state-by-state patchwork of unnecessary GMO labeling laws would have been damaging. While not perfect, this legislation does allow for the continued development and investment in crop technologies in agriculture due in part to the national uniformity it provides regarding GMO labeling. We appreciate Sen. Fischer’s support of this bill and hope it will move quickly through the House so that the President may sign it before Vermont’s needless labeling law inflicts any more damage on our nation’s agricultural economy.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation awarded two Nebraska teachers an all-expense paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, June 20-24 in Litchfield Park, AZ.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) again demonstrated her ongoing commitment to representing the interests of Nebraska’s farm and ranch families by introducing legislation that would bring a much needed, common sense approach to regulations governing on-farm oil and fuel storage.”
LINCOLN, NEB – “Cuming County sets atop a long list of Nebraska counties that would benefit significantly from U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement according to an economic analysis conducted by the Nebraska Farm Bureau,” said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president, May 19.
LINCOLN, NEB. -- Jason Kvols of Laurel, Neb., has accepted the northeast regional director of membership position within the Nebraska Farm Bureau membership department, Phil Erdman vice president of membership said May 16. Kvols replaces Megan Kvols, who was hired as the director of ag literacy for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
LINCOLN, NEB – Nebraska farmers and fertilizer dealers are working together with members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation to fix a misguided regulatory proposal by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) related to the storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer. “The regulatory proposal was initiated under a false premise, is unnecessary, and will cost Nebraska cooperatives and Nebraska farmers millions of dollars collectively,” said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, May 12.
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.”