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

Expanding Broadband

This week, Jason Perdue of York testified on behalf of NEFB at a state Transportation and Telecommunications Committee hearing on the Rural Broadband Task Force report to the Legislature. Jason told the Committee that NEFB agrees with many findings and recommendations of the task force, including clarifying that internet service is an approved use for accessing easements and eliminating any remaining restrictions on leasing dark fiber, which some believe is holding up advancement of more public-private partnerships. NEFB also wants to ensure the efforts of the Task Force, State Legislature, and Public Service Commission are not unnecessarily burdensome or duplicative, but we do support more comprehensive, accurate broadband service maps, technology neutral policies to address the cost and logistical problems facing rural broadband deployment in the most cost-effective ways, and establishment of a Subcommittee on Agriculture within the Task Force.

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to keep its promise as it relates to protecting the integrity of the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

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Japan’s passage of the new limited trade agreement with the U.S. is a big deal for Nebraska farm and ranch families. As the nation’s leading exporter of beef, and Japan being our largest customer, Nebraska stands to make significant gains from the agreement.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau has developed a guide highlighting a series of items for farmers to consider as they start the process of signing up for programs under the 2018 Farm Bill.

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In this week’s Newswire video, we talk with NEFB First Vice President, Mark McHargue who accompanied Governor Pete Ricketts on a trade mission to Germany to promote Nebraska’s quality ag products, director of state governmental relations Ansley Mick gives an update from Policy Forum, and find out how much your Thanksgiving dinner will cost you this year.

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

Developing Farm Bureau Policy

Farm Bureau members from across the state gathered in Kearney for Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Policy Forum Thursday, Nov. 21. The forum allows County Farm Bureau representatives to gather and discuss key agriculture issues and the County Farm Bureau’s policy resolutions on those topics. Based on those discussions members of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s State Legislative Policy Committee are then responsible for determining which policy resolutions will be forwarded for consideration by delegates to Nebraska Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, Dec. 8-10.

Farm Bureau exists to serve members, especially in challenging times. Sometimes individuals experience stress and may not even realize it. Check out these warning signs and tips on how to identify and help someone who may be at risk.

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The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 34th annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $48.91, or less than $5.00 per person. The findings show a 1-cent increase from last year’s average.

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In keeping with its mission to support the future of Nebraska agriculture, the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded scholarships to six participants of the Nebraska LEAD program. Check out this year’s scholarship recipients for one of Nebraska’s premier agriculture leadership development programs.

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Dec. 1 is the deadline to register online for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention. You can still register on-site at Younes Conference Center in Kearney. We look forward to seeing you Dec. 8-10!

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Shickley, Neb., is a town of just 300 people. But it’s a multimillion-dollar town when you count the size of the endowment the town’s citizens have raised to support local projects. Community leaders didn’t want to see their small down dry up and die.

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This week, Farm Bureau had the opportunity to connect a Richardson County Farm Bureau member with the Assistant Administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention to talk about the need to ensure farmers continue to have access to necessary tools in the toolbox.

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

Property Tax Progress

As the Revenue Committee continues to meet, reports this week continue to indicate the Legislature and Governor are looking more closely at using growth in state revenue to fund property tax relief. There seems to be little consensus when it comes to fundamentally reforming the way we fund K-12 schools – which most agree is the primary reason Nebraska’s system is so out of balance compared to other states – but there has been talk of putting $100 million per year over three years into the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund or toward lowering agriculture, residential, and commercial property valuations while providing some additional aid to schools. Although NEFB continues to support more comprehensive reform and broadening the sales tax base to help pay for property tax relief, we are encouraged by reports of possible compromise.

Preparing to sign-up for 2018 Farm Bill programs. Check out our list of the Top Ten Things to Remember.

Nebraskans must be open to new opportunities to grow agriculture, even when those opportunities look different than what has been available to previous generations of farmers and ranchers. That’s the message Farm Bureau shared with lawmakers during a legislative hearing this week.

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Only 63 percent of rural Nebraskans have fixed broadband that meets the federal standards for digital download and upload speeds. The Nebraska Rural Broadband Task Force issued its recommendations on how to improve broadband access for rural Nebraskans.

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NEFB First Vice President Mark McHargue is in Germany helping build relationships and markets for Nebraska agriculture as part of Gov. Ricketts’ trade mission. Germany is the world’s fourth-biggest economy and the largest population of the European Unions’ member states.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau is asking members to submit comments to the EPA letting them know their plan to address ethanol demand loss that has occurred because of their use of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) isn’t acceptable.

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Getting President Trump’s new U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) passed is critical to all Nebraskans. Sign the petition today to help get the bill across the finish line.

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