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LINCOLN, NEB. – As we move into the fall of 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic still upon us, it is a year we won’t soon forget. Students may or may not be back in the classroom and we all may be either working from home or may be back at the office. But farmers and ranchers are working to move cattle and to start on harvest.

LINCOLN, NEB. – As we move into the fall of 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic still upon us, it is a year we won’t soon forget. Students may or may not be back in the classroom and we all may be either working from home or may be back at the office. But farmers and ranchers are working to move cattle and to start on harvest.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Today, the Platte Institute and the Nebraska Farm Bureau released a joint policy brief examining the economic disruptions from COVID-19 on Nebraska’s agriculture sector. The brief details the challenges the industry faced prior to and during the one-two punch brought on by the pandemic, as well as the ongoing uncertainties agriculture faces in its wake.

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LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) has released the findings and policy recommendations of its Cattle Markets Task Force. The task force was charged with examining current Farm Bureau policy, providing policy recommendations, and providing input on what NEFB’s role should be in addressing concerns regarding cattle markets.

LINCOLN, NEB. – A wide ranging group of Nebraska agriculture organizations is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move swiftly to re-register over-the-top, post-emergence dicamba products. Dicamba is a widely used crop protection product in Nebraska, but future access and use by farmers is dependent on EPA re-labeling dicamba products, as legal action forced the EPA to vacate the label for several dicamba products this past summer.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) is pleased that the Trump administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny dozens of oil refiner requests for retroactive waivers from U.S. biofuel laws. The decision comes as NEFB has consistently opposed EPA’s attempts to circumvent Congress and its intent by granting Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) waivers over the past few years. In July, Nebraska Farm Bureau sent a letter asking the EPA to deny the waivers.

LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Political Action Committee (NEFB-PAC) has announced its slate of endorsements for candidates seeking election to the Nebraska Legislature. The NEFB-PAC endorsements are based on candidate’s positions on agriculture and rural issues and recommendations from district evaluation committees.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Taiwan’s recent decision to lift long-standing restrictions on imports of U.S. pork and beef is welcomed news to Nebraska farmers and ranchers. The health of our broader agriculture sector is tied heavily to our ability to sell our agricultural products into markets outside of U.S. borders. The elimination of these long-standing restrictions opens the door for the U.S. to gain greater market access and build stronger trade relations with Taiwan. Anytime we make progress in the trade arena it’s positive news, but even more so given the challenging environment our members find themselves operating in today.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today I am announcing my plan to retire from service as president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau effective at the end of my term which will occur at the Nebraska Farm Bureau annual meeting in December.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today is a good day for Nebraska taxpayers. We greatly appreciate the Legislature’s work to find compromise and deliver on providing property tax relief with the passage of LB 1107. A heart-felt thank you to those state senators who supported this critical legislation. This bill takes a major step forward to provide significant, meaningful, and much needed property tax relief for Nebraskans. It is important Nebraskans know the relief provided by LB 1107 reflects the largest investment by the Legislature in targeted property tax relief since the body first established the state’s Property Tax Credit Fund in 2007. While we must continue to look for long-term solutions to alleviate pressure on property taxes, this is clearly positive progress in delivering relief. We look forward to continuing to work with our elected leaders toward those ends and helping deliver more wins for Nebraska taxpayers.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging Nebraska state lawmakers to provide property tax relief as a key component of Nebraska’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. In a letter to senators, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson outlined how property tax relief would not only help Nebraska’s farm and ranch families struggling through some of the worst financial situations since the 1980’s farm crisis, but help put Nebraska on the right track to recover from the economic blow delivered to the state from the pandemic.

LINCOLN, NEB. – As the Senate meets next week to consider a second stimulus package, farmers and ranchers continue to deal with the fallout of the novel coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to Nebraska’s U.S. Senators, Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) President Steve Nelson offered a list of priorities to consider as the Senate looks to finalize the next round of COVID-19 aid.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness owners need comprehensive health coverage at an affordable price. Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) has partnered with Medica Health Plans to design an exclusive portfolio of health insurance plans for members who are farmers, ranchers, or in agribusiness. Coverage is available for themselves and their families. Employees and their families can also join the Nebraska Farm Bureau to access these health plans. These plans are available only from Farm Bureau Financial Services agents in Nebraska.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) expressed deep concern about the attempt by some in the oil industry to yet again, circumvent the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) looks to review the large number of petitions for waivers for past years that have been received, NEFB is urging that they be denied, said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson in a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

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.”