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LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai to push for the elimination of Japan’s quota system, which limits the amount of U.S. beef that can enter the country. In correspondence to the newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue identified numerous areas where Tai could act to boost markets for Nebraska farm and ranch families.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging state lawmakers to make dollars for property tax relief, school funding reform, and expanded broadband top priorities during state budget negotiations. Senators will begin the budget debate Thursday, April 8.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is pushing the Biden administration for answers regarding how the president will implement a Jan. 27, 2021 executive order setting a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030 (30x30). The 30x30 order contained few details, in turn raising numerous questions and concerns from farmers, ranchers, and other landowners. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue detailed Farm Bureau member concerns and urged the administration to provide clarity in an April 5 letter to the president.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) delivered a message to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that glyphosate, with its decades of data backing its effectiveness and safety, should be reregistered as a crop protection product. In comments submitted to the agency on their draft biological evaluation for glyphosate, NEFB underscored how important the product is to Nebraska farmers and ranchers.

OMAHA, NE – Numerous food and agriculture interests have rallied together to offer support and promote Gov. Pete Ricketts’ proclamation of March 20 as “Meat on the Menu Day” in Nebraska. The declaration encourages Nebraskans to purchase and eat beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and other meats, while highlighting the role of meat in a healthy diet. The proclamation supports Nebraska agriculture and consumer choice in response to “MeatOUT” Day, a promotion sponsored by activists working to end animal agriculture and meat consumption. Gov. Ricketts signed the proclamation Monday, March 15 during an event held at Frank Stoysich Meats shop in Omaha.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau’s (NEFB) agricultural leaders met with Nebraska’s congressional delegation urging them to preserve the “stepped-up” basis of the capital gains tax and maintain the current estate tax exemption. The meetings took place over two days via Zoom March 3 and 9.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “On behalf of Nebraska Farm Bureau and our farm and ranch members, I want to thank Senator Fischer for her dedication and commitment to Nebraska beef producers. Transparency in cattle markets has been and continues to be an issue of great concern to many of our members. Market transparency has been the overarching goal of our policy discussions on this topic for years. We’re excited that Sen. Deb Fischer’s Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2021 offers needed reforms and looks to bring transparency back to the cattle marketplace. We look forward to working with Sen. Fischer on this important legislation to enact change in cattle markets that will lead to positive outcomes for our state’s beef producers.”

 LINCOLN, NEB. – “With state revenues far exceeding projections, it’s imperative the Legislature act to deliver the maximum amount of property tax relief for Nebraskans possible through the provisions enacted by the passage of LB 1107 last summer. By budgeting to ensure the state’s cash reserve hits $500 million at the end of the fiscal year, the Legislature can ensure triggers are met, directing an additional $173 million in state money to property tax relief over the next two years. As Nebraskans file their 2020 taxes and are able to take advantage of the LB 1107 tax credit for the first time, it’s critical the Legislature fulfill the intent of that bill which is to ensure property tax relief grows as Nebraska’s economy grows. In addition, the Legislature should make sure to fund the $40 million for expanded broadband as proposed in Governor Ricketts’ budget. High-quality broadband is critical to Nebraska to boost economic development statewide. By prioritizing tax relief and broadband, the Legislature will be on target to help Nebraskans and grow our state.”

 LINCOLN, NEB. – A legislative bill targeted to ensuring Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers, and independent repair technicians have access to information, diagnostic equipment, and parts to repair farm equipment and machinery has received support from the Nebraska Farm Bureau. LB 543 was introduced by Sen. Tom Brandt of Plymouth to address an ongoing issue of concern to farmers whereby farm equipment manufacturers have maintained exclusive control over equipment information and technology, in turn limiting farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to purchase information and tools necessary to repair their own equipment or turn to an independent third-party service technician for assistance.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Nebraska Farm Bureau congratulates Tom Vilsack on his confirmation as the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. As Secretary Vilsack knows, there are many challenges, yet also many opportunities for American agriculture. We look forward to working with him to tackle those issues in a way that leads to prosperity for our members, particularly in the areas of expanding markets for agricultural commodities, extending high-end broadband to every corner of America, and ensuring environment and climate initiatives work for farm and ranch families.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – Agriculture and rural Nebraska will not reach its full potential until Nebraskans from every corner of the state have access to high-speed, high-quality broadband service. That was the message from Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue to members of the Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee in testimony supporting LB 388. The bill was introduced by Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson at the request of Gov. Pete Ricketts. The proposal calls on the legislature to invest $40 million over the next two years to increase high end broadband access for individuals in unserved and underserved areas of the state.

KEARNEY, NEB. – Four finalists in the Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet contest have been named after competing in preliminary rounds during the 2021 Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference held Jan. 29-30 in Kearney.

LINCOLN, NEB. – The Steve Nelson Yeutter Institute International Trade Internship Award from the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance honors a longtime Nebraska Farm Bureau leader, as it helps students gain valuable experience in the nation’s Capital. Applications for the internship award are now open and due February 18, 2021. More information is available at https://yeutter-institute.unl.edu/nelson-yeutter-international-trade-internship-award.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Property tax relief and tax reform must remain a high priority for the Nebraska Legislature. That was the message delivered by Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue during recent testimony before the Legislature’s Revenue Committee. McHargue’s remarks were made while offering support for LR 22CA, a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the amount of property taxes that could be collected by K-12 schools, counties, community colleges, and other local political subdivisions.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau wasted no time putting priorities for Nebraska farmers and ranchers in front of new leadership in the White House and on Capitol Hill. In a Jan. 20, Inauguration Day letter addressed to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and congressional leaders, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue asked for their help to ensure a bright future for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.