LINCOLN, NEB. – “Early this morning, the Senate took another major step forward to provide Nebraska’s farm and ranch families with meaningful federal tax relief. From possible lower income taxes, expanded Section 179 small businesses expensing, to the doubling of estate tax exemptions, this bill warrants our support. We want to sincerely think Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse for their work in helping to move this important legislation forward.”
Greg Ibach, now former Nebraska director of agriculture, took an oath of office and began official duties as an undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nov. 6. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue conducted the ceremony at the historic Livestock Exchange Building in South Omaha, surrounded by more than 100 agriculture leaders, elected officials, and friends and family of Ibach.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We appreciate the work of the U.S. House of Representatives to advance the first major piece of tax code reform in more than 30 years. Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) moves us closer to establishing a federal tax code that works for Nebraska’s farm and ranch families.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected former Nebraska Director of Agriculture Merlyn Carlson as the 2017 recipient of its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award. The award will be presented to Carlson on Dec. 5 at the 2017 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Kearney.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today’s release of Congress’ first real attempt to reform our nation’s tax-code in over 30 years, represents a great first step in this long process. For the past several years, Nebraska Farm Bureau members have been working with members of Congress on a package that lowers taxes for Nebraska’s farm and ranch families.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “As I’ve stated before, Greg Ibach is an outstanding choice to serve in the role of USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. I want to publicly thank Greg for all the work that he has done for Nebraska Agriculture over the years. He has been a strong advocate for Nebraska farmers and ranchers and the members of our organization appreciate his efforts.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers compete in a global marketplace and the need for agricultural technology has never been greater. The announced agreement reached by the EPA and the registrants of the new formulations of the pesticide dicamba, will hopefully ensure farmers continue to have access to this necessary technology. While dicamba is not a new product, the use of new formulations on soybeans has generated considerable conversation across the country. Nebraska Farm Bureau members strongly support the utilization of the best science when it comes to these decisions and urge our federal and state regulatory agencies, land-grant universities, and private companies to continue to research the best use of this product so that farmers and ranchers can continue to utilize these necessary tools in a safe and effective manner.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – A move by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rollback President Obama-era greenhouse gas emission regulations is drawing praise from the Nebraska Farm Bureau. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule Tues., Oct. 10 beginning steps to repeal limitations on greenhouse gas emissions introduced as part of Obama’s “Clean Power Plan.” Nebraska Farm Bureau opposed the regulation over concerns it would diminish the ability for utilities to provide reliable and affordable energy for Nebraska homeowners, businesses, and farm and ranch operations.
LINCOLN, NEB. – A coalition of taxpayer interests that united last fall to oppose a $369 million Southeast Community College (SCC) Bond measure is calling on SCC’s Board of Governors to listen to taxpayers and reconsider recent board action to raise property taxes. The SCC board voted unanimously Sept. 19, to raise SCC’s tax levy to two-cents per $100 of valuation for building construction. The adjustment is estimated to increase SCC’s property tax collections by 26 percent for the 2017-18 school year.
LINCOLN, NEB. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s (Corps) proposal to withdraw the controversial “Waters of the U.S.” Rule (WOTUS) has drawn praise from the Common Sense Nebraska coalition. The diverse coalition made up of Nebraska agriculture, business, and local government interests, submitted formal comments on the agencies’ plan to withdraw the WOTUS regulation, Wed., Sept. 27, according to Steve Nelson, Common Sense Nebraska coalition member and Nebraska Farm Bureau president.