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Legislative Conference and BBQ & Brews Returns with Success

Farmers and ranchers gathered in Lincoln this week for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Legislative Conference. The event presented a unique opportunity for members of the agricultural community to come together and explore current policy issues impacting agriculture, advocate for shared interests, and engage directly with policymakers on critical issues affecting Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers. 

Conference attendees were given exclusive insight into the legislative bills that the Nebraska Farm Bureau is currently focusing on, including their positions of support or opposition. The NEFB Public Policy Team members also shared their insights on how tax reform could be tackled during this session. After that, farmers and ranchers made their way to the Capitol to interact with their senators and discuss priority issues. 

Sen. Teresa Ibach and Sen. Mike Jacobsen spoke on a panel to attendees about their priority bills and other top legislative issues, including the path forward on reducing property taxes in Nebraska. Nebraska’s Attorney General Mike Hilgers gave insight into regulatory issues that could affect Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. The Perkins County Canal project, Waters of the U.S., and the loss of dicamba were top topics Hilgers spoke on and talked through the process of how the state could file a lawsuit in relation to these issues. 

Other speakers to the group included Director of Agriculture Sherry Vinton, Speaker of the Legislature John Arch, State Treasurer Tom Briese, and NEFB Senior Director of National Affairs Jordan Dux, who provided an updated on federal issues and the current state of the U.S. Congress. The day wrapped up with the annual NEFB BBQ & Brews event. Nebraska Farm Bureau members were able to socialize with each other and elected officials. 

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