LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Relief Fund has opened a second round of distributions. Applications are welcome and encouraged from new and repeat applicants.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We greatly appreciate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action to fulfill the administration’s promise to allow year-round E15 ethanol sales. Ethanol is a vital component of Nebraska’s economy. Our ethanol sector has experienced extensive expansion over the years, making Nebraska the second largest ethanol producing state in the country.”
It all started with six-year-old Kai Baldwin of Vernal, Utah. He saw a news story about the flooding in Nebraska and could not hold back the tears. “How will they get home and save their animals without a bridge?” he asked his mom. “We have to send them our money!”
Touched by her son’s desire to help, Kai’s mom, Kristin Forbis, researched a reputable source where a donation could be sent, and the pair invited friends and family to empty their pockets and add their change to Kai’s piggy bank donation of $3.21. The donations would be sent to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Relief Fund, knowing that 100 percent of it would be used to help farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today’s announcement of an agreement between the leadership of the House, Senate, and White House on a disaster assistance package is welcomed news to Nebraska farmers and ranchers. The package will provide much needed aid to help with recovery from the March flooding and blizzards in our state.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska farmers struggling to get crops planted due to recent flooding and ongoing rainfall events may be eligible for a prevented planting payment if crop acres have not been planted due to an insured cause of loss. In Nebraska, the crop insurance final planting date for corn in all counties is May 25 and the final planting date for soybeans is June 10.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We appreciate President Trump and Secretary Perdue recognizing the challenges faced by U.S. farmers as a result of the administration’s ongoing trade disputes with some of our major trading partners. Nebraska farmers have been hard hit by flooding, retaliatory tariffs and a tremendous downturn in the agricultural economy. Today’s announcement of a trade assistance package could help many farmers through this difficult time in agriculture.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Nebraska farmers and ranchers have been in desperate need of good news on the trade front. Today’s announcement that the U.S. will lift its steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada delivers the positive news farmers and ranchers have been waiting for. Elimination of these tariffs is one of the key actions Nebraska Farm Bureau has been calling for to help move us closer to finalizing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It’s critical we stabilize trade relations with two of Nebraska’s largest trading partners and this is a major step forward. Elimination of the steel and aluminum tariffs will further help ensure the U.S. gets the most out of the USMCA when implemented.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today is a great day for Nebraska beef producers and Nebraska agriculture! The elimination of Japan’s long-held age restrictions on American beef imports was long overdue. For the first time in 15 years, Nebraska beef producers will have full access to the Japanese market. Japan is the fourth largest consumer of Nebraska agricultural products and far and away the largest purchaser of Nebraska beef. Today’s action will only strengthen our relationship and create greater opportunities to move Nebraska beef products into Japan. We hope this is just the first of more good news to come in securing a much needed trade deal with Japan that ensures U.S. and Nebraska beef producers are competing on a level playing field with our competitors from around the world.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska lawmakers must focus on delivering property tax relief for hardworking Nebraska families, not on how to use taxpayer dollars to provide business incentives and corporate tax breaks, according to the Nebraska Farm Bureau. With limited days remaining in the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers have yet to pass a property tax relief bill, but senators will spend precious time debating a measure to renew corporate incentives, Wed., May 15.
LINCOLN, NEB. – A new report by the Nebraska Farm Bureau details the strong connection between the threat of U.S. imposed tariffs on trade partners and the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in Nebraska agriculture exports in 2017. The “Nebraska Agriculture and International Trade” report uses the most current United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade data to identify the 2017 value of Nebraska agriculture exports on a per-commodity, per-county, and per-farm and ranch basis. In doing so, the report details the strong sensitivity of agriculture markets and Nebraska exports to negative trade and tariff talk.
LINCOLN, NEB. – A legislative proposal to make fundamental changes in the way Nebraska funds K-12 schools and in the process deliver an estimated $500 million in property tax relief has earned the support of several Nebraska agriculture organizations. The groups announced their support leading into first round legislative debate on LB 289, a bill advanced by the Legislature’s Revenue Committee.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Nebraska farmers and ranchers will have greater assurances that investments made to grow and expand their farm and ranch operations are not subject to the whims of frivolous nuisance lawsuits due to the Legislature’s passage of LB 227, May 2. The bill was introduced by Sen. Dan Hughes of Venango at the request of Nebraska Farm Bureau and other agriculture groups to boost protections for farms and ranches against nuisance related suits that have plagued farmers and ranchers in other states. LB 227 is one of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s priority bills for the 2019 legislative session.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “On behalf of the Nebraska Farm Bureau I want to thank Sen. Sasse for his work in introducing the ‘Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act.’ Livestock production is a major contributor to Nebraska’s local and state economies. The ability to transport livestock in timely and safe manners plays a major role in the success of Nebraska’s livestock sector.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We looked around and didn’t know where to start. The devastation was so overwhelming, but the check we received from the Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Relief Fund helped us take the first step and know that we are not alone. We are so grateful,” said Tom and Fran Geisler, who farm and raise cattle near Hooper.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Elected leaders of Nebraska’s agricultural organizations thanked members of the Legislature’s Revenue, Education, and Retirement Committees for their efforts to find a solution to high property taxes in Nebraska, but urged lawmakers to avoid repurposing dollars from the state’s Property Tax Credit Fund as a means to fund the Revenue Committee’s new property tax relief proposal. The request was made in testimony during an April 24 hearing on an amendment to the Revenue Committee’s LB 289.