Gathered on a family farm in Lancaster County near Waverly, a group of Nebraska farmers shared their stories of struggle and concern over the lack of reliable broadband in rural areas of the state.

Nebraska Farm Bureau has offered the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) a series of recommendations to reform the way beef cattle are marketed. The underlying concept of Farm Bureau’s suggestions are to create a more transparent and value-based system that would more closely link the prices farmers and ranchers receive for their cattle to the value of beef products sold at the wholesale and retail levels. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson shared the recommendations with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in an Oct. 2 letter.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Relief Fund collected $3,318,183 and was established at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the ability to manage donations and relief distributions. One hundred percent of the donations will be distributed to Nebraska farmers, ranchers and rural communities affected by the disasters, with zero administrative fees. Previously scheduled fundraisers are finishing up, with final gifts trickling in. Distributions to exhaust the fund will be finalized by December 31. Thank you for supporting the flood relief efforts. You truly made a difference for many individuals!