News Releases

LINCOLN, Neb. – After several years of dealing with uncertainty and a temporary fix, Nebraska farmers and ranchers would benefit from permanent action on several key tax provisions if Congress acts to adopt a tax extender package and omnibus spending bill that is likely to be taken up by the House and Senate in the coming days, said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, Dec. 16.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau has expressed disappointment in remarks made by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during a Dec.1 speech Vilsack gave to the European Parliament concerning the use of antibiotics in United States livestock farming.

LINCOLN, Neb. – In order to balance how Nebraska funds schools, property taxes used to fund K-12 school districts, should be limited to 40 percent of individual school district’s general fund expenditures. That’s one of the key resolutions adopted by delegates at Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, Dec. 10.

LAVISTA, NE - Malinda Villwok was honored as the 2015 Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award recipient during the 2015 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on Tues., Dec. 8. Malinda and her husband, Greg, farm near Randolph, Neb., in Wayne County.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Dustin and Amanda Fairley of Fairbury, were selected as the winners of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2015 Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture award. The award was given at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s 98th Annual Convention held Dec. 7-8 in LaVista, Neb.

LaVISTA, Neb. – In the face of more than $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs to be levied annually by Canada and Mexico against an array of U.S. products, including agricultural goods, the Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging Nebraska’s Congressional delegation and Congressional leadership to take immediate action to fully repeal the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program, said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, Dec. 8.

LaVista, Neb. – John Temme, who manages his family dairy farm near Wayne, was announced as the winner of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet contest during the membership luncheon at the organization’s 98th Annual Convention held Dec. 8 in LaVista, Neb.

LaVISTA, Neb. – Urban and rural Nebraskans have had their fill of high property taxes and the key to providing meaningful property tax relief lies in making structural changes to how K-12 schools are funded, and that includes limiting the amount of property taxes that fund Nebraska schools. That’s the message delivered by Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson Dec. 7 to delegates and guests to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention in LaVista.

LINCOLN, NE – “Today, America took a step backward in its long-standing mission of reducing our reliance on foreign oil, lowering fuel costs for American consumers and producing a cleaner burning biofuel that helps protect our environment. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) deviation from the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) targets as established by Congress will be widely felt, particularly here in Nebraska.”

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected former U.S. Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska as the 2015 recipient of its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award. The award will be presented to Johanns on Dec. 8, at the 2015 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in LaVista.

LINCOLN, NE – The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is expected to release a new study, Thur. Nov.19, that will inform Midwestern farmers that they could cut crop losses and save water by shifting to more “climate-resilient” soil conservation methods. But Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson says the NRDC’s study won’t provide much insight for the vast majority of Nebraska farmers and ranchers who’ve been working to conserve soil and water resources for generations.

LINCOLN, NE – High property taxes on agricultural land is only a symptom of a much larger problem with inequity in the way Nebraska funds schools, and while band aid approaches to addressing high property taxes is a starting point, structural change is needed to address inequity in education funding. That’s the message Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson delivered to state legislators during a key Nov. 12 hearing on taxes and school funding.

LINCOLN, NEB., – “We are pleased that a deal was reached to reinstate the $3 billion in cuts to crop insurance that Congressional leaders had sought in a budget agreement with the White House.”

LINCOLN, NEB., – “It is our hope that those who consume meat products produced by Nebraska’s farm and ranch families will take the time and effort to look beyond the simplistic headlines surrounding the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement, assessing cancer and the consumption of red meat and processed meat.”

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Farm Bureau has announced the four student members that have been selected to receive a Nebraska Farm Bureau Student Mini-Grant which will help provide additional funding for their FFA or 4-H project. Those selected were Alex Stocker, Merrick County Farm Bureau; Evan Palmer, Buffalo County Farm Bureau; Kylee Plager, Lancaster County Farm Bureau; and Shay Miller, Madison County Farm Bureau.