News Releases

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) has identified six social media savvy student members to join The Crew. The Crew participants share their love of agriculture through social media and are selected from NEFB’s student members, who range in age from 16 to 23. Each member is selected in the spring and participates for one year.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “We greatly appreciate Governor Ricketts’ actions today to provide much needed assistance to our state’s livestock producers. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, prices paid to farmers for virtually all commodities have experienced double digit decreases, with those who produce livestock experiencing some of the greatest declines. Cattle producers have watched prices fall by as much as 25 percent, while our state’s pork producers have seen prices drop by more than 50 percent. Allowing Nebraska livestock producers to access assistance through the newly announced stabilization grants funded through the CARES Act is welcomed and an important step to help farm and ranch families protect our nation’s food production capacity.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to modify the agency’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to allow more farm and ranch businesses experiencing COVID-19 financial pressures to utilize loan assistance offered through the program.

LINCOLN, NEB. – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant challenges in Nebraska’s agricultural economy, especially for cattle, pork, and poultry producers who have been particularly affected by both price decreases as well as significant logistical challenges connected to the slowdown or closure of meat processing facilities due to the pandemic. . Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) is urging Congress to support additional funding for agriculture in any pandemic response package that moves through Congress.

LINCOLN, NEB. – U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by NEFB-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Fortenberry, who is seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Nebraska’s First Congressional District, received the designation based on his ongoing efforts to advance the well-being of Nebraska’s farm and ranch families, said Mark McHargue of Central City, chairman of NEFB-PAC and first vice president of Nebraska Farm Bureau.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “We greatly appreciate the U.S. House and U.S. Senate moving quickly to pass legislation and President Trump’s swift action to allocate additional federal aid dollars for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), in addition to ensuring that farmers and ranchers can now qualify for the administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – Partners at the beginning and end of the food supply chain are thanking Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts for his work with meat processors to both protect employees and help keep meat processing moving forward in Nebraska.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is asking leaders in the U.S. House and Senate to push partisanship to the side and move quickly to boost funding for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Funding for the forgivable loan program ran out this week, a mere 48 hours after the administration provided rules on program participation for sole proprietors, including farmers and ranchers.

LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau is encouraging the U.S. Department of Justice to utilize all its authorities and undertake a “full investigation” to monitor and address any potential price fixing or market manipulations in U.S. cattle markets to ensure the cattle meat packing industry is in compliance with the federal antitrust laws targeted to maintaining a competitive marketplace. In an April 14 letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson pointed to the alarming disparity between farm-level prices received by farmers and ranchers for cattle and wholesale prices for beef following the fire and subsequent closure of a beef processing plant in Kansas and the current COVID-19 outbreak, where cattle producers have experienced sharp declines in market prices while large margin increases occurred in the meat packing sector.   

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is asking U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to address four key areas to help deliver relief to Nebraska farms and ranches feeling pressure from the COVID-19 outbreak, which has shaken commodity markets and compounded preexisting financial challenges faced by farm and ranch families due to a multi-year decline in farm income. In a letter to Secretary Perdue dated April 9, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson made four specific asks of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) targeted to help farm and ranch families deal with the COVID-19 fallout.

LINCOLN, NEB. – “The Senate’s passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is an important first step to provide relief to Nebraska farm and ranch families whose operations have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 outbreak. Prices for virtually every agricultural product and commodity we produce in Nebraska has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 as farm and ranch families were already facing a challenging economic climate prior to the global spread of the coronavirus. Ensuring the financial viability of our nation’s food producers during this time of uncertainty is important for everyone in our state and country. We appreciate Sen. Deb Fischer and Sen. Ben Sasse’s support for this initial measure, recognizing the ongoing uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought to markets around the world.”

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) is working closely with the Nebraska congressional delegation to address concerns related to how COVID-19 has impacted commodity/cattle markets, supply chain concerns, and the ability to get H-2A workers in agriculture.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau is advising farmers, ranchers, and other rural Nebraskans to not underestimate the risk posed by the potential spread of COVID-19. While most of the confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 have occurred in Eastern Nebraska, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson is urging all Nebraskans to take precautions to help minimize the potential for spread and encouraging farmers and ranchers to prepare for possible impacts to their rural communities and agricultural operations.

LINCOLN, NEB. – It is the one-year anniversary (March 13-14) of one of the most disastrous storms to ravage the state in recent history, causing unprecedented flooding for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Nebraska Farm Bureau was there to help, creating the Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Relief Fund and collecting $3.4 million to help restore health and safety to individuals and livestock on farms and ranches and in rural communities. One hundred percent of the donations have been distributed, with zero administrative fees charged.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) leaders stressed four key issues facing Nebraska farmers and ranchers, international trade, protecting livestock production, rural broadband, and continued estate tax reform, during an annual National Legislative Fly-In to the nation’s capital March 1-4.