News Releases

LINCOLN, NEB.– The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is seeking applicants for scholarships of up to $2,500 per recipient. The Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation (NRRF) Scholarship in Honor of Max and Eric Brown is awarded to non-traditional students, age 25 or older living in Nebraska’s rural communities.

LINCOLN, NEB. – "The Commerce Department's announcement of an agreement to ship U.S. beef to China no later than July 16 is welcomed news for Nebraska's beef industry. As a top producer of beef, Nebraska has much to gain from a market estimated to be worth $2.6 billion. With Nebraska beef exports alone reaching $1.126 billion last year, Nebraska's cattlemen and women stand ready to meet the growing demand in this new market.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – "We are extremely pleased by today’s announcement by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to create a new position of undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).”

LINCOLN, NEB. – In a letter to newly confirmed United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson made it clear that agriculture shouldn’t be sacrificed for the benefit of other U.S. industries under the Trump Administration’s trade policies. The letter reiterates the message Nelson shared with Lighthizer in person during a meeting between Nebraska agriculture leaders and Lighthizer, organized by U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse.

LINCOLN, NEB. – "The decision by Aetna to pull out of the Nebraska health insurance exchange further demonstrates Obamacare is crumbling under its flawed philosophy of removing free market concepts from our nation’s health insurance system. Nebraska's farm and ranch families, many of whom get their health insurance from either the health insurance exchange or the open market, are the ones who will pay the very high price of Obamacare's failures.”

Accepting Applications Through June 30

LINCOLN, NEB – Farm Bureau’s Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. A total of 10 teams are selected for the 2018 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge, four finalists and six semi-finalists. These business owners compete for a share of $145,000 of startup funds.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “We are very supportive of the U.S. House of Representatives’ action today to pass the American Health Care Act. Nebraska Farm Bureau has, and continues to support efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. While not perfect, passage of this bill starts us down the road to improve and lower costs in the individual health insurance markets by reintroducing marketplace fundamentals back into the health insurance industry.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – As the Nebraska Legislature heads toward the final days of the 2017 Legislative session, there’s still time for senators to take meaningful action to address property taxes, said Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, May 3.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “President Trump’s decision to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada, and Mexico versus completely withdrawing from the trade compact is clearly the right decision. Stepping away from a trade agreement that has a proven track record of creating jobs and generating billions of dollars for Nebraska agriculture and the state’s broader economy would be a mistake of epic proportions.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today we learned President Trump’s administration is considering an executive order to have the U.S. withdraw from NAFTA. This dangerous move could cost Nebraska farmers and ranchers more than $2.6 billion per year in agricultural exports. Such a loss couldn’t come at a worse time as farm and ranch families already face significantly lower prices for virtually every agricultural commodity produced. We also remain very concerned that the proposed action could threaten Nebraska’s broader economy as we have already witnessed significant state revenue shortfalls as a direct result of a weakened agricultural sector.”