December 2020-January 2021 Edition

Mark McHargue of Central City has been elected to serve as President of the state’s largest farm and ranch organization. Delegates to the Dec. 8 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention selected McHargue to succeed Steve Nelson of Axtell, who retired after serving nine years as president.

In a year like no other, Nebraska Farm Bureau has been there every step of the way to offer support and assistance to farm and ranch families across the state, focused on its vision to achieve a great quality of life and prosperity for Nebraska farm and ranch families.


Steve Nelson has served as the Nebraska Farm Bureau President for nine years and retired from that post Dec. 8. In his nine years as President, Nelson estimates he has spent more than 200 days a year on Farm Bureau business while still being active on his Axtell farm with his son Scott. On this page is a timeline of his accomplishments as President of the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Congratulations Steve Nelson on your retirement!

For our entire 103-year history, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s focus has been to achieve policy outcomes that better the lives of Nebraska’s farm and ranch families, regardless of who is at the levers of power. As we look past the contentious 2020 presidential election, our resolve to advocate on behalf of farmers and ranchers remains absolute. With 2021 bringing significant changes to the leadership in Washington, D.C., Nebraska Farm Bureau News sat down with Jordan Dux, director of national affairs for Nebraska Farm Bureau, to get his take on what Nebraska farmers and ranchers can expect from a Biden administration, as well as a new Congress.

Nebraska U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Nancy Johner reminds livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought in 2020 of the availability of the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). The deadline to apply for LFP for 2020 losses is Feb. 1, 2021.

Taxes, improving broadband across Nebraska, future of the brand committee, and the environment will be at the center of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s efforts during the 2021 legislative session.