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Farm Bureau Ford Survey: Your Input is Valuable! 

Take a quick Ford Survey! As a valued Nebraska Farm Bureau member, you are invited to participate in a short survey about your experience with the Farm Bureau incentive program offered by Ford. Your feedback in this survey is extremely important and will provide Ford Motor Company with valuable information about the program. Your responses will be anonymous and used only by Ford.

Sec. Vilsack Meets with Agriculture, Rural Development, and Higher Education Stakeholders in Omaha

On Thursday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Omaha to meet with stakeholders on USDA farm, ranch, and rural development programs. During the event, Sec. Vilsack announced a number of financial awards being made to different projects via the Inflation Reduction Act. The projects funded included $124 million in funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Fertilizer Production Expansion Program. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue was able to ask the Secretary about the chaos California’s Proposition 12 would cause to the nation’s food system. The Secretary agreed and offered his support for Congress finding a legislative solution to the issue so long as it wasn’t too expansive and caused significant problems in passing a new Farm Bill.  

Farm Bureau Requests Extended Use of Dicamba 

The agricultural industry is currently encountering difficulties in implementing the EPA’s existing stocks order for dicamba, which allows for the use of dicamba if it was packaged and prepared for shipment by February 6, 2024. These challenges include discrepancies in stock location across various regions and a scarcity of supply compared to the typical average. This week, Nebraska Farm Bureau signed a group letter to the EPA requesting extension to the existing stocks order. 

Livestock Indemnity Program Can Help 

Livestock Indemnity Program provides financial assistance to eligible livestock owners or contract growers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by an eligible adverse weather event.

What Will the Collapse of Baltimore’s Key Bridge Mean for Agriculture?  

On March 26, a container ship rammed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge resulting in the structure’s collapse and the tragic loss of six construction workers. A recent Market Intel article provides an overview of the potential implication of the blockage on agriculture.

AFBF Renewable Energy Working Group Holds Initial Meeting 

Following the passage of an American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Board Directive at the organization’s annual meeting back in January, a new working group of Farm Bureau staff met to discuss renewable energy. Not only will the group meet to discuss current issues related to the topic including sustainable aviation fuel, the future of ethanol, solar, wind, and electric transmission systems. The working group will meet several times over the course of the year and will present a report to the AFBF Board of Directors by July of 2024. The group will also work with AFBF’s Energy Issue Advisory Committee, a committee of Farm Bureau members nominated by their State Farm Bureaus who meet each year, to ensure our current policy fits the needs of current issues.  

Support NEFB Endorsed Candidates with a Yard Sign 

The Primary Election is quickly approaching, so make sure to register to vote online to be part of the action. One of the best and easiest ways Farm Bureau members can do to help our endorsed candidates get elected is to identify high visibility locations for campaign signs. If you would like to request a sign for your property, please contact Jay Ferris jayf@nefb.org or (402) 450-3966. 

Happy Easter! 

Nebraska Farm Bureau would like to wish a blessed and meaningful Easter to our members. May you find renewal of hope, health, and love during the Easter Holiday. 

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