LINCOLN, NEB. – “International trade is critical to Nebraska farm and ranch families as the value of Nebraska agricultural exports equates to roughly 30 percent of Nebraska’s total agriculture receipts. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) going into effect is a critical long-term step in securing relations with two of our key trade partners.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – As Nebraska farmers and ranchers continue to suffer the negative economic and market effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging President Trump to use the “full powers” of his office to enforce the Phase One China trade deal. Provisions of the agreement obligate China to make $36.5 billion in U.S. agriculture purchases in 2020.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Nebraska Farm Bureau welcomes the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision denying an emergency motion that would have effectively overturned EPA orders and stopped farmers from using existing stocks of XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapan dicamba products. In response to a June 3, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling vacating the labels for these products, EPA provided regulatory relief to farmers by allowing them to use existing stocks of the products through July 31, 2020 as part of the agency’s cancellation orders. While we continue to review this ruling and other pending legal action related to these dicamba products, this is positive news, particularly for soybean farmers who fully expected to have the ability to use them for weed control this growing season.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska famers could lose the ability to use previously purchased stocks of dicamba herbicides subject to a June 3, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that vacated the products’ labels. Following the court’s ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued cancellation orders for the products, but in those orders authorized limited and specific circumstances under which existing supplies of the herbicides could be used, including an allowance for farmers and commercial applicators to use existing stocks through July 31, 2020.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau Student Project Grants, supported by the Charles Marshall Fund at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation were awarded to four deserving student Farm Bureau members in Thurston, Chase, and Keith Counties. Each student was awarded one thousand dollars to be used to either begin or expand their 4-H project or FFA Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) project.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Analysis conducted by the Nebraska Farm Bureau indicates Nebraska’s agricultural economy could face nearly $3.7 billion in losses due to COVID-19 in 2020 if economic conditions do not improve. The estimate is based on a “snapshot” of revenue losses projected for 2020 commodities that make up the bulk of the state’s agricultural economy including corn, soybeans, wheat, beef cattle, and pork production, as well as dairy and ethanol.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “On behalf of Nebraska Farm Bureau members from across the state, I want to publicly thank Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman for acting over the weekend to clarify that the Department of Agriculture would continue to allow the sale and utilization of dicamba products impacted by a recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling vacating the labels for these products. Dicamba is a widely used weed control product utilized by many Nebraska farmers, largely in the protection of soybean fields. The application of dicamba is highly regulated and the timing of such applications are restricted. To say the court’s action was ill-timed would be a major understatement given it was issued right in the middle of the growing season, during the window in which dicamba could be used by Nebraska farmers. The Department of Agriculture’s action to allow the continued sale and use of these products provides much needed relief to farmers until the legal uncertainties, including appeals to the decision and action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are clarified. The governor and director’s actions are not only welcomed, but consistent with similar actions in neighboring states.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – We are very pleased to see the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) acting to investigate the largest players in the meatpacking industry.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to expedite and explore any and all options to ensure Nebraska farmers can continue to use dicamba products impacted by a June 3 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The ruling overturned EPA’s conditional registrations for three dicamba herbicides widely used for weed control in Nebraska soybean fields.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “The recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court effectively banning the application of three major dicamba crop protection products in the middle of the crop growing season is not only irresponsible, but disrespectful to farmers who made seed choices, planting decisions, and herbicide purchases months ago based on the understanding they would have access to these important herbicides. It is a travesty that the court chose to act now, mere days away from the limited window in which farmers would be applying these products. Nebraska Farm Bureau is committed to working to find a solution to help those farmers who find themselves harmed by this poorly timed decision.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) has identified six social media savvy student members to join The Crew. The Crew participants share their love of agriculture through social media and are selected from NEFB’s student members, who range in age from 16 to 23. Each member is selected in the spring and participates for one year.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We greatly appreciate Governor Ricketts’ actions today to provide much needed assistance to our state’s livestock producers. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, prices paid to farmers for virtually all commodities have experienced double digit decreases, with those who produce livestock experiencing some of the greatest declines. Cattle producers have watched prices fall by as much as 25 percent, while our state’s pork producers have seen prices drop by more than 50 percent. Allowing Nebraska livestock producers to access assistance through the newly announced stabilization grants funded through the CARES Act is welcomed and an important step to help farm and ranch families protect our nation’s food production capacity.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to modify the agency’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to allow more farm and ranch businesses experiencing COVID-19 financial pressures to utilize loan assistance offered through the program.
LINCOLN, NEB. – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant challenges in Nebraska’s agricultural economy, especially for cattle, pork, and poultry producers who have been particularly affected by both price decreases as well as significant logistical challenges connected to the slowdown or closure of meat processing facilities due to the pandemic. . Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) is urging Congress to support additional funding for agriculture in any pandemic response package that moves through Congress.
LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by NEFB-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Fortenberry, who is seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Nebraska’s First Congressional District, received the designation based on his ongoing efforts to advance the well-being of Nebraska’s farm and ranch families, said Mark McHargue of Central City, chairman of NEFB-PAC and first vice president of Nebraska Farm Bureau.