Priority Issues

NEBRASKA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION’S TOP 2014 STATE ISSUES


BUDGET/TAXES
  • Create a better tax climate for farmers and ranchers by seeking reductions to agriculture’s property tax burden, maintaining sales tax exemptions critical to agriculture, seeking repeal of the sales tax on agricultural equipment repair parts and seeking other tax relief consistent with Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation policy.
  • Work to reform state aid to K-12 schools to more equitably distribute the burden of financing education and assure any increased state aid goes to reducing property tax burdens in rural schools.
  • Work to assure assessed values for agricultural land better reflect the land’s agricultural use value.
PROTECTING WATER RESOURCES
  • Protect agriculture’s interests in water use, water management and compliance with interstate compacts.
  • Seek broad-based, long-term, dedicated funding to address the state’s water challenges.
REGULATIONS
  • Assure regulations on farms and ranches are reasonable, based on scientific evidence and do not unduly burden or financially harm farmers and ranchers.
LIVESTOCK
  • Protect the rights of farmers and ranchers to use farming and animal care practices based on sound science to operate their farms and ranches in an efficient and profitable manner.
  • Work to create a better climate in Nebraska for growing livestock production.

AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION’S TOP 2014 NATIONAL ISSUES 


AGRICULTURE LABOR
  • Aggressively work to secure passage of legislation that addresses both long- and short-term agricultural labor needs and continue to push for reforms as part of the ongoing national debate about immigration policy.
RENEWABLE FUELS
  • Defend standards and incentives strengthening the U.S. renewable fuels industry.
CLEAN WATER ACT
  • Oppose expansion of the federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
  • Protect farmers’ and ranchers’ abilities to use agricultural biotechnology and other innovative technologies including to insure farmers and ranchers are represented in matters related to agronomic data compilation, so-called "big-data," and the associated systems and applications of those technologies in the field.
FISCAL POLICY AND TAX REFORM
  • Protect farmers' and ranchers' interests in debates on fiscal policy and tax reform.


Jay Rempe
Vice President Governmental Relations
(402) 421-4447
jayr@nefb.org



"With the legislature considering hundreds of bills each year, as an individual family farmer, I can't keep track of all that. Farm Bureau has a policy team that's paying attention to what's going on in the government to watch out for farmers and ranchers."

- Tim Hruby
Rancher in Dawes County


"I have three children that want to go into a career in agriculture as a career. With regulations and issues increasing, Nebraska Farm Bureau helps me make sure that's available to them."

- Lisa Eggerling
Farmer in Seward County

NEBRASKA FARM BUREAU
5225 South 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68512
P.O. Box 80299, Lincoln, NE 68501-0299
Telephone
: (800) 742-4016 or (402) 421-4400
Fax
: (402) 421-4439