Expanding markets for Nebraska agricultural products through international trade is a policy priority for Nebraska Farm Bureau, and this week Farm Bureau members had chance to learn what is on the horizon for international trade during a trade summit. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall was also in Nebraska. Hear from him and get the latest updates in this week’s video.

A report from Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Governmental Relations team.

Poultry Expanding in Nebraska

Over the last couple of months much progress has been made with the Lincoln Premium Poultry’s (LPP) chicken processing plant in Fremont and in the permitting and construction of the grower barns to produce the chickens. The LPP plant opened and started processing chickens on Sept. 4. Ramp up will continue with a target of the plant being at full production by this time next year. The chickens processed at the plant will be sold in Costco stores across the Western United States, including stores in Iowa and Nebraska. LPP will hold an open house for the new plant Saturday, Oct. 19. Details for the event can be found here. Many local Farm Bureau members have been instrumental in offering support for growers at hearings in front of Planning and Zoning Committees and County Boards. While there has been some opposition to a few of these permits, to date all the applications have been approved and are moving forward.

Ensuring all Nebraskans can access reliable, high-speed internet service is the focal point of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s engagement with the Nebraska Rural Broadband Task Force. As the Task Force nears a November deadline for making recommendations to the Legislature on how to improve broadband service in rural areas, Nebraska Farm Bureau offered a series of suggestions to the group.

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The trade deal with Japan formally signed by President Trump makes good on his promise to strike an agreement with one of Nebraska’s most important trading partners.

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation awarded 10 teachers with funds in support of agricultural education and FFA programs in Nebraska.

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Join Farm Bureau leaders in Kearney for Nebraska Farm Bureau's Policy Forum. This forum gives Farm Bureau members the opportunity to represent the resolutions that their County Farm Bureau has submitted for discussion. Resolutions are due November 8, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The American Farm Bureau Federation released a proposal for the future of U.S. milk-pricing provisions and marketing-order reform. The recommendations aim to bring more democracy and a more equitable programs for all dairy farmers.

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Studies clarify which agricultural practices hold water when it comes to helping soils soak up precipitation, a factor critical to mitigating floods, outlasting drought, and stabilizing crop yields.

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Farmers and ranchers across the Midwest continue to work recovering their equipment damaged in the spring 2019 flooding. The safety team at the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center reminds those working to restore equipment to consider personal safety at each step of the process.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau urges Speaker Pelosi to bring the new U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement to the floor for a vote, Farm Bureau submits comments to the Nebraska Rural Broadband Task Force, and the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is busy this Fall as students are back in the classroom. Get the latest updates on their issues and more in this week’s Newswire video

A report from Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Governmental Relations team.

Broadband Comments

This week Nebraska Farm Bureau submitted comments to the Rural Broadband Task Force. The Task Force was created by Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson’s LB 994, which was passed by the Legislature in 2018. The Task Force is charged with analyzing issues relating to availability, adoption, and affordability of broadband services in rural areas of Nebraska.

Don’t forget to read the latest report from Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Governmental Relations team. Each week Policy Watch will include the most up to date information on what is going on at the Nebraska State Capitol and the Nation’s Capital.

Nebraska Farm Bureau has offered the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) a series of recommendations to reform the way beef cattle are marketed. Farm Bureau’s suggestions are to create a more transparent and value-based system that would more closely link the prices farmers and ranchers receive for their cattle to the value of beef products sold at the wholesale and retail levels.

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A year has passed since President Trump successfully renegotiated the old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and now is the time for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the new U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) to the floor for a vote. Now is also the time for Nebraska Farm Bureau members to make their voices heard in support of USMCA!

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The administration’s announcement that it will ensure the blending of 15 billion gallons of ethanol in our nation’s fuel supply by 2020 is welcome news in farm country and music to the ears of our farm families who rely on the biofuels industry as a critical market for our homegrown corn, soybeans, and other commodities.

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New findings from an international collaboration of researchers say long-time calls from public health officials to limit red meat consumption are not backed by good scientific evidence.

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Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC), a program of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, headed back to school this fall with new, grade-specific lessons and activities for Nebraska teachers.

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Recent findings from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service highlight changing county-levels cash rental rates across Nebraska for the 2019 production year.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau is once again providing overweight permit exemption forms to our members seeking to be exempt from having to get a seasonal overweight permit for farm trucks. We also want to remind farmers to keep safety at the forefront of their minds as they head back to the fields.

A report from Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Governmental Relations team.

Interim Hearings – Education Spending

Even though the Legislature is not in session, committees continue to meet to hear testimony on interim studies introduced last session. This week, NEFB testified in front of the Education Committee, which heard Legislative Resolution (LR) 153 – Sen. Groene’s interim study to examine the administrative costs of local systems and school districts and investigate methods for reducing such costs. When it comes to reducing property taxes, NEFB state policy reads, “spending reductions achieved by controlling local administrative costs and prioritizing and sharing government services should be an integral part of reducing property taxes.”