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Our County Farm Bureaus make it possible for us to reach, respond to, and advocate for you, wherever you live in Nebraska. We are the leading agriculture advocacy organization that represents the values Nebraskans embody: dedication to hard work, passion for the land, and character rooted in faith and family.

 

Running for elected office at any level can be challenging. There’s much to consider before jumping into the fray. Understanding the time commitment, the ins-and-outs of running a campaign on a day-to-day basis, and fundraising are among the things to consider before seeking office. That’s why the NFBF-PAC offers campaign training for perspective candidates and others interested in campaigns.

Want to learn more? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Vice President of Governmental Relations, (402) 421-4405. 

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Nebraska Farm Bureau's 'Friend of Agriculture' is a political designation from NEFB-PAC and are given to selected candidates for public office based on their commitment to and positions on agricultural issues, qualifications and previous experience, communication abilities, and their ability to represent their district. Farm Bureau members are encouraged to support NEFB-PAC 'Friends of Agriculture' on May 15.

Want to learn more? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Vice President of Governmental Relations, (402) 421-4405. 

U.S. Senate

Deb Fischer - U.S. Senator

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Congressional District 1
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Congressional Candidates

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Jeff Fortenberry - Congressional District 1

Jeff FortenberryJeff Fortenberry

Congressional District 1
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Don Bacon - Congressional District 2

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Congressional District 2
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Adrian Smith - Congressional District 3

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Congressional District 3
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Nebraska Legislature Candidates

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Robert Clements - District 2

Theresa Thibodeau - District 6

Ben Hansen - District 16

Brett Lindstrom - District 18

John McCollister - District 20

Doug Oertwich - District 22

Mark Kolterman - District 24

Myron Dorn - District 30

Tom Brandt - District 32

Curt Friesen - District 34

Matt Williams - District 36

Dave Murman - District 38

Mike Groene - District 42

Mike GroeneMike Groene

District 42
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Dan Hughes- District 44

John Stinner - District 48

John StinnerJohn Stinner

District 48
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Nebraska Executive Branch

Bob Evnen - Secretary of State

Bob EvnenBob Evnen

Secretary of State
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John Murante - State Treasurer

Doug Peterson - Attorney General


Nebraska Public Service Commission

Dan Watermeier - District 1


Board of Regents

Rob Schafer - District 5

NFBF PAC LogoToday, more than ever, it’s important for elected officials understand the importance of agriculture and have an appreciation for the role farmers and ranchers play in not just providing food, but in supporting our local, state and national economies. That’s why the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation Political Action Committee (NEFB-PAC) exits.

NEFB-PAC provides a way for Farm Bureau members to help candidates for state and national public office who support agriculture and rural communities. NFBF-PAC also provides an avenue for Farm Bureau members to support or oppose ballot initiatives that could positively or negatively affect farmers, ranchers and rural Nebraska.

NEFB-PAC is funded entirely by voluntary contributions, meaning no membership dues dollars are allocated to NEFB-PAC

Want to learn more? Contact Bruce Rieker, Vice President of Governmental Relations, (402) 421-4405 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Having good information is critical in evaluating agriculture policy issues. There’s always more to the story, and digging into the issues is important. Our policy development guides are meant to be resource for members looking for background information on higher profile agriculture issues to help them make informed recommendations as part of Farm Bureau’s policy development process.

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2018 Policy Guides

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Livestock Growth & Property Rights

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Synthetic Meat

incremental beef trade

Trading Speed Bumps and Block Trading

livestock biotechnology

Blockchain Technology in Agriculture

The power of Farm Bureau has always been vested in our grassroots policy development process. That means farmers and ranchers ultimately determine where Farm Bureau stands on agriculture issues. Policy development starts with a member having an idea and sharing it with other farmers and ranchers at the county Farm Bureau. From there, the idea can advance from the county, to the state and then onto the national level, provided it meets consensus approval from other farm and ranch members along the way. As a Farm Bureau member you have a voice and can shape your future.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau’s policy book reflects the opinions of our members relating to agriculture and rural issues. These policy positions guide our legislative and regulatory action on important agriculture related issues. Participating in the Farm Bureau policy development process is a proven, tested exercise that produces sound policy, educates Farm Bureau members and improves trusted relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including local, state and national elected officials, agency personnel and others.

How Is Farm Bureau Policy Developed?

The power of Nebraska Farm Bureau has always been vested in our grassroots policy development process. Farmers and ranchers ultimately determine where Farm Bureau stands on agricultural issues. Policy development starts with a member having an idea and sharing it with other farmers and ranchers at the county Farm Bureau. From there, the idea can advance from the county, to the state and then onto the national level, provided it meets consensus approval from other farm and ranch members along the way. Farm Bureau's policy development process is a hands-on, unique experience anchored in tradition and success.

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Important Policy Development Dates

Nov. 9, 2017 - NEFB Policy Issues Forum – Kearney Holiday Inn, Kearney, NE
Dec. 4-5, 2017 - NEFB Annual Meeting and Convention – Younes Convention Center, Kearney, NE
Jan. 6-10, 2018 - AFBF Annual Meeting and Convention – Nashville, TN

 

Helpful Links

Nebraska Farm Bureau Policy Book

American Farm Bureau Policy Book

Grassroots Advocacy is the foundation of Nebraska Farm Bureau. Be a part of our FB Act advocacy team and help us build a larger, stronger voice that represents individuals who are passionate about agriculture, informed about the issues impacting their farms and ranches, and who are ready to raise awareness of agriculture’s contributions to the state’ economy.

Membership allows you to receive the latest updates on what's happening at the capitol, provides an opportunity to share your concerns and ideas, and prepares you to effectively engage with your representatives and other policy makers. Join Farm Bureau and be part of a larger voice for agriculture.

Text NEFB to 52886 to engage and advocate for agriculture!

 

Technology in agriculture is evolving rapidly. New technologies are allowing farmers and ranchers to better capture operational data on both crop and livestock operations, and in turn use that data to save money and become even better stewards of the land. With new technology also comes challenges. That’s why Nebraska Farm Bureau is committed to serving as an advocate and resource for farmers and ranchers in the evolving use of new technologies in agriculture.

See where Farm Bureau stands on key technology issues and how we’re working for our members.

The Farm Bill and farm programs were created to help ensure America’s food supply. Commodity, Crop Insurance, and Conservation programs are meant to help farm and ranch families address unique needs in their operations. That’s why Farm Bureau is active in providing farmer and rancher input in the development of farm program policy and in sharing farm program resources.

 

See where Farm Bureau stands on key Federal Farm Program issues and how we’re working for our members.

Now, more than ever before, profitability on Nebraska farms and ranches is tied directly to international trade. Roughly 33 cents out of every dollar made by a farmer or rancher comes from another country. That’s why Nebraska Farm Bureau works to advance trade policies that boost foreign demand and prices for Nebraska agriculture commodities. Whether it’s providing backing and support for trade missions to expand existing or tap new foreign markets, or advocating for legislation to help make trade deals happen, Nebraska Farm Bureau is helping ad value and put dollars into producers pockets by supporting trade efforts.

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See where Farm Bureau stands on key trade issues and how we’re working for our members.

Getting crops and livestock from the farm or ranch gate to the market place is critical to any operation. That’s why Nebraska Farm Bureau supports efforts to keep viable transportation infrastructures in place. Locally, that also involves having good roads and bridges for trucks and agriculture equipment. Nationally, that process relies on a strong railway and barge system. Sound transportation policies that accommodate and recognize the changing size and scope of modern agriculture machinery and equipment are also critical in the farm to market process.

See where Farm Bureau stands on key transportation issues and how we’re working for our members.

Nebraska farmers and ranchers need access to affordable energy to power their operations. At the same time, agriculture has proven its ability to become a viable energy producer through biofuels development. Nebraska ranks second in the U.S. in ethanol production, boosting Nebraska’s economy and creating a market for Nebraska corn. That’s why Nebraska Farm Bureau advocates for policies that help keep energy costs affordable for farm and ranch families, while also supporting efforts to enhance agriculture’s role in producing environmentally friendly and affordable energy for America.

See where Farm Bureau stands on key energy issues and how we’re working for our members.

The Farm Bill and farm programs were created to help ensure America’s food supply. Commodity, Crop Insurance, and Conservation programs are meant to help farm and ranch families address unique needs in their operations. That’s why Farm Bureau is active in providing farmer and rancher input in the development of farm program policy and in sharing farm program resources.

 

See where Farm Bureau stands on key Federal Farm Program issues and how we’re working for our members.

Over the last decade, farmers and ranchers have seen an explosion in the volume of new and proposed regulations. Farm Bureau understands there is a time and place for regulations in agriculture, but regulations developed without an understanding of farming and ranching or without agriculture input can damage the ability of farmers and ranchers to conduct their business. That’s why the Nebraska Farm Bureau devotes time and resources to engaging on regulatory issues. We work too provide a voice for farmers and ranchers in the regulatory development process, inject common sense, and prevent unnecessary regulations.

See where Farm Bureau stands on key technology issues and how we’re working for our members.

Livestock production is vital to Nebraska. Known as the “Beef State” for our renowned cow-calf and cattle feeding sectors, Nebraska is also a player in pork, poultry and dairy production. Not only do Nebraska livestock producers provide home-grown markets for Nebraska grains, but they also boost Nebraska’s ethanol industry. That’s why Nebraska Farm Bureau works to advance policies that help and support Nebraska livestock producers, while also focusing on efforts to enhance opportunities to grow Nebraska’s livestock sector and related value-added businesses.

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See where Farm Bureau stands on key livestock issues and how we’re working for our members.

Water is the lifeblood of agriculture. Whether you grow crops or produce livestock, water management is critical to the well-being of your operation. That’s why Nebraska Farm Bureau invests time and resources into advocating for sound public policy for both ground and surface water management, protecting agriculture’s access to the state’s water resources. Our commitment to working with federal, state, and local entities, as well as other interested parties to address both water quality and water quantity issues, gives farmers and ranchers a seat at the table and voice in protecting their interests in this critical natural resource.

See where Farm Bureau stands on key water issues and how we’re working for our members.

There are many factors that influence profitability in agriculture; taxes are one of them. Sound tax policy that recognizes the unique nature of agriculture is important to keeping farmers and ranchers in business. That’s why Nebraska Farm Bureau engages on key issues that affect farm and ranch families’ tax bills. Whether it’s inequity in property taxes used to fund schools, or pushing to repeal death taxes that can wipe out the generational transfer of family agriculture operations, Nebraska Farm Bureau is an advocate and voice for farmers and rancher on tax policy at the local, state and national level.

See where Farm Bureau stands on key tax issues and how we’re working for our members.

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