Gov. Announces Education Funding Reform Proposal
This week, Gov. Pillen, along with several senators, announced his proposal to change how the state funds public education in Nebraska. Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) President Mark McHargue called the proposal a “step in the right direction” towards reforming how K-12 education is funded.
In this week’s Policy Watch, Farm Bureau pushes back on the new Waters of the U.S. rule; a public comment period opens on the USDA’s proposed rule on the Use of Electronic Identification Eartags; bill introduction wraps up at the state Capitol, learn how you can weigh in as public hearings are set to begin; and Sen. Fischer receives “Friend of Farm Bureau” award.
Former NEFB Board Member Selected as Deputy Ag Director
Boone County Farm Bureau member Hilary Maricle was named the deputy director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Maricle has extensive experience and education in agriculture, agribusiness, natural resources, and leadership. We know she will work hard to represent Nebraska farm and ranch families and promote agriculture to grow Nebraska’s economy.
Claim Your Refundable Income Tax Credit!
You could be leaving thousands of dollars on the table if you forget to claim your refundable income tax credit on taxes paid to schools. The average credit per farm or ranch is $8,060 in property tax relieve. That’s a 28 percent reduction in property taxes. To claim the credit, you’ll need to include Form PTC 2022 with your taxes. If you didn’t claim the credit in 2020 or 2021 it’s not too late! You can file those years on the PTCX Forms. View our step-by-step instructions here.
Last Chance to Register for the YF&R Conference
Join us in Kearney Jan. 27-28 for the Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference! This conference has something for all young people connected to agriculture. The conference includes area tours, pioneering breakout sessions, entertainment, and a dinner and social hour both nights. $100/per person, $50/for students. Hotel rooms at the NEFB rate can still be booked by calling the hotel at 1-308-238-7000 and mentioning Farm Bureau.