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.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors voted to send a letter of support for Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach as the next Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Sept. 21.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska farmers and ranchers would suffer “devastating consequences” should President Trump act to withdraw the United States from the South Korean Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). In a letter sent to the President, Sept. 6, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson called actions to pull the U.S. out of the agreement “reckless” and urged President Trump to pull back considering the importance of the South Korean trade deal to Nebraska farmers and ranchers.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Greg Ibach has a tremendous track record of serving Nebraska agriculture. His years of service in leading the Nebraska Department of Agriculture make him an outstanding choice for the position of USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. We wish him the best as he proceeds in the nomination process.”
GRAND ISLAND, NEB. – Protecting crop insurance should be at the top of the Nebraska Congressional delegation’s list as members go to work in shaping the 2018 Farm Bill, according to the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Nebraska Farm Bureau President, Steve Nelson outlined the importance of crop insurance in testimony provided to all five members of the delegation during a farm bill listening session hosted by Farm Bureau and other groups at the Nebraska State Fair, Sept. 1.
LINCOLN, NEB. – All five members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation will take part in an upcoming farm bill listening session hosted by several Nebraska agricultural organizations. The Nebraska Agriculture Farm Bill Listening Session will be held Friday, Sept. 1 at the Bosselman Center on the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Grand Island, Neb. The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon (CDT), with remarks from members of the delegation and invited testimony preceding an audience question and answer session set to begin at 11:30 a.m. (CDT).
LINCOLN, NEB. – Improving Nebraska’s tax system to reduce the overreliance on property taxes and expanding markets for Nebraska agricultural commodities through international trade are among the list of policy priorities adopted by the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s State Board of Directors during the organization’s board meeting held Aug. 8 in Norfolk.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “The Japanese government’s announcement today to increase its tariff on frozen beef is a big blow to Nebraska’s beef producers. In 2016, Nebraska exported over $316 million in beef and beef products to Japan which accounted for 16 percent of the total U.S. beef exports to this important customer. What makes this action worse is that the United States recently walked away from an agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership, which would have rendered this action meaningless. Now is the time for the Trump administration to follow through on their promise for a “better deal” for Nebraska’s cattlemen and women, and now is the time for a bilateral agreement with Japan.”