News Releases

More Must Be Done to Address Property Taxes

LINCOLN, NEB. – Two high profile bills scheduled for debate by Nebraska lawmakers don’t do enough to provide meaningful property tax reform and relief according to leaders of Nebraska agriculture organizations. The agriculture leaders, representing tens of thousands of Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and livestock feeders, say the tax related provisions included in LB 640 and LB 461 fall short of the expectations of Nebraska property taxpayers.

Lincoln, Neb., March 14, 2017 – A pair of bills targeted to changing Nebraska tax policy fail to meet the principles outlined by a growing coalition of taxpayers, business owners, local school board members, superintendents, agriculture, and education groups from across Nebraska. Nebraskans United for Property Tax Reform and Education coalition members met this week to discuss both LB 640 and LB 461, bills slated for debate by the full Legislature following the Easter break.

LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation selected two recipients for the Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor of the Year award. Jesse Bower from Sutton Public Schools and Amy Tomlinson from Sandy Creek Public Schools were honored at the Nebraska FFA Convention on Thur., April 6, in Lincoln. The winning advisors received a plaque and $1,000 donation to their FFA chapters.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) urged President Donald Trump to raise the issue of access by U.S. beef producers to China during his upcoming meetings with Chinese President, Xi Jinping. Since 2003, China has banned the importation of U.S. beef. While it was announced, the ban would be lifted last fall, a formal agreement to reopen Chinese borders to U.S. beef has failed to take shape.

PIERCE, NEB. – Madison and Pierce County Farm Bureaus are sponsoring a “Road to Property Tax Reform” forum, Monday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m. at the White House in Pierce. The event is open to the public and lunch will be provided.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Last night’s action by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to deny a proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, a widely used agricultural crop protection product, is a sign that we are moving in the right direction with this administration when it comes to fixing the problematic culture of an agency that has promoted regulation first instead of science and common sense.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Nebraska Farm Bureau is very pleased to see the nomination of Sonny Perdue move out of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Former Gov. Perdue has a long record of service to farmers and ranchers and we certainly hope his nomination will be taken up by the full senate and approved as soon as possible.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – “While we understand the give and take of the legislative process, we are very disappointed in the tax reform proposal being considered by the Legislature’s Revenue Committee. Throughout the legislative hearing process, the Agriculture Leaders Working Group testified before the Revenue Committee on numerous bills that would provide a pathway to provide meaningful property tax relief for Nebraska farmers and ranchers, and all Nebraska property taxpayers.”

BROKEN BOW, NEB. – Custer County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a “Road to Property Tax Reform” forum to be held Saturday, March 25 at 2:30 p.m. at the Tumble Weed in Broken Bow. The event is open to the public.

LEXINGTON – After a decade of providing scholarships for non-traditional students, age 25 or older living in Nebraska’s rural communities, the Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation (NRRF) has announced it will dissolve on April 1, 2017.