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NEFB Endorsed Candidates Advance Through Primary Election

Nebraska Farm Bureau had a successful Election Day. Thirteen of our 14 endorsed candidates advanced to the general election. Get all the details in this recap of Election Day. 

NEFB Awards Student Project Grants to 4-H and FFA Students Across the State 

From show pigs and cattle, to gardening and beekeeping, the passion of the winners of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Student Project Grants shines through in each of their projects. Read about the grant winners and their projects in this story. 

House Ag Committee Releases New Farm Bill Text 

Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee GT Thompson released the draft text of his version of the new Farm Bill. Mark up of the bill is scheduled for next Thursday, May 23. The draft includes significant investments in farm program payments, trade promotion programs, research, rural broadband, disaster programs, foreign animal disease prevention, and provides a fix to California’s Proposition 12 and Massachusetts Question 3. Read the fill list of included provisions important to NEFB members.  

Getting the Job Done No Matter What: Spotlight on Dr. Ray Ward 

Dr. Ray Ward, an agronomist, has been helping improve the soil of this state, and this world, since founding Ward Laboratories four decades ago in Kearney. Over the years, he and his team of scientists have analyzed millions of samples of soil, water, and plants while helping producers of agriculture adopt the best use practices for their land.  

NDNR Schedules May 23 Public Hearing for Platte to Republican Diversion 

The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR) has scheduled a public hearing for the Platte River to Republican River Transbasin Diversion project. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 23 at 8:30 a.m. in the Bertrand Community Building, 405 Nelson Street, Bertrand, Neb. More details in this story. 

AgTech Conference in the Heartland 

Save the date for a groundbreaking event in the AgTech world – AgTech Connect 2024, happening on July 17, 2024 in Lincoln, Neb.! This conference is an immersive day at the nexus of agriculture and technology, designed for exploration, learning, and invaluable networking. 

Changes Coming to the Ag Pen Pal Program 

Starting with the 2024-2025 school year, each party will send two letters, all during the second semester. This change aims to address recurring challenges identified in teacher and farm/ranch evaluations. We’ll shift the sign-up period to fall to align with the school year, easing confusion for teachers and volunteers. The tighter timeline is intended to prevent lapses in communication leading to declining enthusiasm throughout the year. 

Stay updated by following us on social media. We look forward to welcoming you again next year! 

USDA Announces $22 Million to Support Underserved, Veteran Farmers, Ranchers 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced approximately $22.3 million available to community-based and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities that help underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through USDA’s 2501 Program. 

Newswire Has a New Schedule 

Newswire is on a new schedule for the summer months and will be sent out every other week after May 17. The biweekly schedule will run until Labor Day. Newswire may be emailed out periodically in the off weeks based on urgent topics or news. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kylee Planer at

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