LINCOLN, NEB. – For the first time, individual farm and ranch families in Nebraska will have the opportunity to join Nebraska Farm Bureau’s (NEFB) new large group Association Health Plan (AHP) and avoid the higher cost of premiums in the individual health insurance market.
GRAND ISLAND, NEB. – Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed Wednesday, September 12, 2018 as Agriculture Trade Awareness Day in Nebraska. Flanked by leaders of numerous agriculture organizations and agribusinesses, Gov. Ricketts made the announcement during a joint “Trade Matters to Nebraska” news conference at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island.
LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau has identified the organization’s top five priorities for the new farm bill, as representatives of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate work to negotiate a final Farm Bill from the versions passed by the House and Senate. Nebraska Farm Bureau shared the priorities in correspondence to members of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation thanking them for their efforts to advance farm bill discussions, while also encouraging them to communicate the priorities to members of Congress tasked with putting the finishing touches on the bill.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today’s announcement that the U.S. and Mexico have reached an agreement on provisions of a trade deal is good news for Nebraska farmers and ranchers who have been anxiously awaiting positive news on the trade front. While this is clearly progress, it’s critical that Canada come back to the negotiating table. It’s time for our countries to resolve these issues and lock in an updated trade agreement to eliminate uncertainties in these markets and expand market access for our farm and ranch families.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Governor Pete Ricketts has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by NEFB-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Ricketts, who is seeking re-election to serve a second term as governor, received the designation based on his efforts to support and grow Nebraska agriculture on numerous fronts, according to Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today the Senate acted to provide livestock haulers with a one-year extension from having to comply with electronic logging device requirements under federal hours of service regulations. This is an important step in the ongoing process to make sure federal regulations governing livestock transport provide much needed flexibility to our state’s livestock haulers. We greatly appreciate Sen. Fischer’s leadership and efforts to successfully bring this amendment to the table and secure its passage as part of broader legislation to fund government programs. We look forward to continuing to work with Sen. Fischer to find a permanent solution that provides a common-sense approach to regulations that recognize the unique challenges that exist in hauling livestock animals.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Ben Hansen of Blair has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by Nebraska Farm Bureau – PAC (NEFB-PAC), Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Hansen is seeking to represent District 16 in the Nebraska Legislature.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “While we appreciate the President’s recognition that trade tariffs are impacting markets for farmers and ranchers, our preference has and continues to be that the administration focus on market access for agriculture commodities, not government assistance to help mitigate market losses. Negotiation, not tariffs, provide the best path toward solving trade issues, particularly as it relates to our allies in Canada and Mexico. Furthermore, we are more than 18 months removed from U.S. withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). At that time the President indicated he would work to secure bi-lateral trade agreements with these partners. That has not happened. It is critical the administration work to secure agreements with Japan and other TPP member nations that reflect critical markets for Nebraska farm and ranch families.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Young farmers and ranchers tend to feel the weight of agriculture’s challenging times sooner than those who have been in the business for a while. Trying to manage the daily talk of international trade disputes, farm bill debates, the back-and-forth battles over ethanol mandates, low crop prices, high overhead costs, and tight or nonexistent profit margins. But despite all these challenges, members of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, who attended a national affairs trip to Washington, D.C. July 16-18, are optimistic about their future in agriculture.
With lower prices for virtually everything we produce on Nebraska’s farms and ranches, the last thing we need are policies that drive prices down even more. Unfortunately, few things create more uncertainty and downward price pressure than a trade war. Each day U.S. trade negotiations fail to advance, and as more retaliatory tariffs are placed on agriculture commodities, the more vulnerable the financial picture becomes for our farm and ranch families.