Midlands Voices: Legislature Must Uphold the Rural Voice in Redistricting
In an op-ed piece to the Omaha World Herald, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue talked about how preserving the rural voice in the Nebraska Legislature doesn’t just help rural Nebraska; it helps all Nebraska. In the article, McHague writes “preserving rural representation can help those in urban areas understand how agriculture and rural Nebraska can be impacted by employment regulations, environmental laws, land-use policies, international trade, tax policies, lack of broadband service, higher education, transportation policies, and irrigation/water usage issues.”
Pillen Tops Husker Harvest Days Gubernatorial Straw Poll
Gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen was the top vote getter in Nebraska Farm Bureau’s nonscientific straw poll taken at Husker Harvest Days, Sept. 14-16. Nebraska Farm Bureau conducted the poll to get Nebraska farmers and ranchers thinking about the 2022 election cycle.
In this week’s Policy Watch, the Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors vote to formally oppose $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, farmers and ranchers engage in the global climate conversation, and we remind you of key dates coming up in the policy development process as well as introduce you to a new tool to help strengthen engagement on agricultural issues.
Presidents Column: Building Relations Key to Expanding Influence
When it comes to getting things done, I’m guessing you’re familiar with the old saying, “It’s not always what you know, but who you know,” that can lead to a desired outcome. The saying probably rings truer than what we’d like to think. Read Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue’s Column for his insight on how building relations is key to expanding Farm Bureau’s influence.
Disaster Declaration Issued for Panhandle Wildfires
Following the outbreak of two wildfires in the Panhandle, Governor Ricketts issued an emergency declaration Friday, Sept. 17, in support of response efforts. Reported only hours apart, two major wildfires broke out in Dawes and Scotts Bluff counties. Together, both fires have burned a cumulative 8,234 acres.