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Partial Government Shutdown Avoided 

Leadership in both the House and the Senate were successful in passing a short-term spending measure extending funding through March 8 for the programs and agencies covered by four out of the twelve annual appropriations bills, including the Department of Agriculture. Congress enacted a stopgap spending measure to fund the other eight programs/departments through March 22 with the rest expiring on March 8. The departments covered by the new spending measure include Agriculture, Energy, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development.      

Join Us for a Candidate Forum 

Come out and be a part of the democratic process as we work together to shape the future of Nebraska. Mark your calendars and join us for the District 43 Legislative Candidate Forum on March 5 at the Ainsworth Community Schools Learning Center and the District 33 Legislative Candidate Forum on March 7 at the Kearney County Fairgrounds in Minden.

Cultivating Safety: Protecting our Future 

Nebraska Farm Bureau is sharing resources that will help farmers and ranchers keep safety top-of-mind through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week March 4-8. Follow along on NEFB’s social media channels and read this story to learn more. 

Gov. Pillen to Host Town Halls in Northeast Nebraska 

Governor Jim Pillen will be hosting three town halls in northeast Nebraska on Monday, March 4. This is an opportunity to hear from the Governor and ask questions about legislative priorities on property tax relief, sales tax exemption on agriculture repair and replacement parts and get legislative updates on issues being dealt with this session.  

Monday, March 4 

  • 8:00 a.m. (CT) WAYNE: Wayne Country Club, 302 E 21st Street, Wayne 
  • 10:30 a.m. (CT) WEST POINT:  Nielsen Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave., West Point 
  • 1:00 p.m. (CT) FREMONT: All Metals Market, 1225 County Road Y, Gate A, Fremont 

2024 Dairy Margin Coverage Enrollment Open 

As of February 28, dairy farmers are now able to enroll for 2024 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC). This year’s DMC signup began Feb. 28, 2024, and ends April 29, 2024. For those who sign up for 2024 DMC coverage, payments may begin as soon as March 4, 2024, for any payments that triggered (retroactively) in January 2024.  

Protecting the Farm and Ranch from Wildfires

Wildfires affect Nebraska’s farms and ranches, damaging and destroying homes, barns, agriculture production facilities, crops, and livestock. Much of this damage can be avoided, or at least minimized, if a few precautions are taken to minimize the risk and spread of wildfires.

Sen. Ricketts to Hold Board Briefing Meetings 

Sen. Pete Ricketts will be holding Board Briefing meetings on Monday, March 4 at 1 p.m. in York and 4 p.m. in Norfolk. Hear from Sen. Ricketts about the crisis at the southern border and what he is doing to fix it. Share your concerns with Sen. Ricketts so he can continue fighting for you in Washington!

Farm Bureau Supports the AFIDA Improvements Act of 2024 

In January 2024, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report identifying deficiencies in the data and the collection process by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to comply with its obligations under the Agriculture Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA). Legislation has been introduced to implement the recommendations from GAO on how to fix the deficiencies. Tracking of foreign ownership of agriculture land is required under AFIDA, but GAO identified many deficiencies in the data itself, as well as in the collection and sharing processes. The report included recommendations to improve USDA’s data and the process it uses to collect and share it. Bipartisan legislation, the AFIDA Improvements Act of 2024, has been introduced in both the House (H.R. 7131) and Senate (S. 3666) to implement the recommendations made by GAO. Farm Bureau supports this legislation. 

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