LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today’s signing of the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a step in the right direction toward normalizing our trading relationship with two of our largest trading partners and closest allies. We thank President Trump as well his administration for all of their hard work in getting this new agreement, which does contain many positive wins for farmers and ranchers, this far. We now call upon Congress to take up and pass this new agreement quickly in order to provide a level of certainty for Nebraska’s farm and ranch families.”
In August 2009, Nebraska Farm Bureau then President, Keith Olsen, warned that health insurance costs could skyrocket for farmers and ranchers under the Obama administration’s proposal to mandate certain kinds of health insurance. “A large majority of food producers are self-employed, and many buy their own health insurance without the benefit of being part of a group,” said Olsen. “Requiring compulsory health insurance in the form of an individual coverage mandate or forcing insurers to cover everyone will mean higher insurance premiums.” Olsen also pointed out that farmers and ranchers would likely suffer the most with increased health insurance premiums associated with adoption of those policies given farmers and ranchers inability to pass increased costs onto customers, an option available to other businesses.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected Dr. Ron Hanson Harlan Agribusiness Emeritus Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) as the 2018 recipient of its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award. The award will be presented to Hanson on Dec. 4 at the 2018 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Kearney.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers and ranchers to examine how they could benefit from changes in the federal tax code as the end of the year approaches. In December of 2017, Congress passed, and President Trump signed the most sweeping changes to federal tax code in more than 20 years. Those changes could yield significant benefits to farm and ranch families according to the Nebraska Farm Bureau.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Delegates to Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Annual Convention will discuss and form policy positions on several key issues that affect the well-being of Nebraska farm and ranch families. Farmers and ranchers will gather Dec. 2-4 at Kearney’s Younes Convention Center to establish policy for the organization on state issues and recommend policy on national matters to the American Farm Bureau, which holds its national meeting in January.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We appreciate President Trump’s actions today to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the year-round sale of E15 Ethanol. Nebraska is not only a major corn producing state, but a major ethanol producer. Nebraska Farm Bureau continues to support all opportunities that expand markets for our Nebraska grown grains, in both the domestic and international marketplace. Expanded sale of E15 ethanol will not only benefit Nebraska farmers, but our state’s economy, and consumers looking for greater access to cleaner burning, homegrown biofuels.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “The announcement that the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have come to terms on a new and improved free-trade agreement is a major ‘win’ for Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers and an important step forward in helping eliminate trade related uncertainty in agricultural markets.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Tim Gragert of Creighton has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by Nebraska Farm Bureau – PAC (NEFB-PAC), Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Gragert is seeking to represent District 40 in the Nebraska Legislature.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Ever since the President pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, we have urged the Administration to follow through on its promise of developing bilateral free trade agreements with TPP member countries, especially Japan. Today’s announcement that the United States and Japan have agreed to enter trade talks is tremendous news and couldn’t have come at a better time.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “The President’s approval of a modernized United States-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) is welcomed news for Nebraska farmers and ranchers. South Korea has been a tremendous trading partner and consumer of Nebraska beef, pork, corn, soybeans, as well as other agriculture commodities. This agreement eliminates the uncertainties that existed about our ability to access this critical market moving forward.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – For the first time, individual farm and ranch families in Nebraska will have the opportunity to join Nebraska Farm Bureau’s (NEFB) new large group Association Health Plan (AHP) and avoid the higher cost of premiums in the individual health insurance market.
GRAND ISLAND, NEB. – Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed Wednesday, September 12, 2018 as Agriculture Trade Awareness Day in Nebraska. Flanked by leaders of numerous agriculture organizations and agribusinesses, Gov. Ricketts made the announcement during a joint “Trade Matters to Nebraska” news conference at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island.
LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau has identified the organization’s top five priorities for the new farm bill, as representatives of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate work to negotiate a final Farm Bill from the versions passed by the House and Senate. Nebraska Farm Bureau shared the priorities in correspondence to members of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation thanking them for their efforts to advance farm bill discussions, while also encouraging them to communicate the priorities to members of Congress tasked with putting the finishing touches on the bill.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today’s announcement that the U.S. and Mexico have reached an agreement on provisions of a trade deal is good news for Nebraska farmers and ranchers who have been anxiously awaiting positive news on the trade front. While this is clearly progress, it’s critical that Canada come back to the negotiating table. It’s time for our countries to resolve these issues and lock in an updated trade agreement to eliminate uncertainties in these markets and expand market access for our farm and ranch families.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Governor Pete Ricketts has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by NEFB-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Ricketts, who is seeking re-election to serve a second term as governor, received the designation based on his efforts to support and grow Nebraska agriculture on numerous fronts, according to Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson.