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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Legislature is receiving praise from Nebraska agriculture and business groups for advancing a bill targeted to growing Nebraska’s pork industry. On Jan. 22, Lawmakers advanced legislative bill 176 onto the third and final round of debate. The measure would eliminate a ban that restricts pork processors with facilities in Nebraska from owning hogs and in turn partnering with farmers to handle the day-to-day feeding care of the animals. The practice is common in other states and Nebraska is the last state in the U.S. to prevent pork processors from owning hogs, said Al Juhnke, executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska’s mainstream agriculture organizations representing Nebraska pork producers, as well as Nebraska business groups, support eliminating the ban on packer ownership of hogs in Nebraska. LB 176, which eliminates the ban, is up for debate before the Nebraska legislature. The groups support is founded in the fact that the ban actually hurts farm families looking for opportunities to engaging in hog production and has been a major contributor to declining hog numbers in Nebraska for decades.

“We are greatly disappointed by President Obama’s veto of SJ Res.22 which would have effectively killed the EPA’s and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Waters of the U.S.” rule. While disappointed in the President’s action, we are not surprised.”

LINCOLN, NE - Ten farmers and ranchers from across Nebraska have been selected for Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2016 Leadership Academy. The selected farmers and ranchers will begin a year-long program Jan. 28-29 in Kearney.

LINCOLN, NE – “We are pleased the new federal dietary guidelines released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continue to recognize the important role meat and poultry products can play as part of a healthy and nutritious diet for Americans.”

LINCOLN, Neb. – Reforms to how Nebraska funds schools, reducing property taxes and growing Nebraska’s livestock sector are among the top legislative priorities for the Nebraska Farm Bureau heading into the 2016 legislative session, said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, Jan. 6.

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.”