LINCOLN, Neb. – Delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 100th annual meeting approved a number of resolutions that will provide the organization with authority from its grassroots members to push Congress toward the goal line on issues like trade policy, cell-based food products, and livestock antibiotic use, Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) President Steve Nelson said Jan. 22.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today is a good day for Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers, for agriculture, and for all Americans. A country that can feed itself, is a country that is free. Since 1933, America has been passing farm bills knowing that food security is national security. The 2018 Farm Bill is no exception. This bill will help provide certainty to farmers and ranchers in navigating the challenges of today’s agriculture as they work to produce food for our country and the world.”
LINCOLN, NEB. Ten farmers and ranchers from across Nebraska have been selected for Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2019 Leadership Academy. The selected farmers and ranchers will begin a year-long program starting Jan. 24-25 at the Holiday Inn in Kearney.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today Congress took yet another step forward in delivering a new farm bill that works for rural and urban America. We greatly appreciate the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote granting final passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. The House’s action ensures President Trump will have the opportunity to sign a new farm bill into law.”
LINCOLN, NEB. – “We welcome today’s action by the U.S. Senate to approve the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill. The Senate’s vote moves us one step closer to advancing this important legislation to the desk of the President.”
LINCOLN, NEB. “We are pleased by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CORPS) actions to propose a new Clean Water Rule to replace the 2015, Waters of the U.S., (WOTUS) Rule.”
LINCOLN, NE – The Nebraska Farm Bureau is calling on Congress to move swiftly in passing the 2018 Farm Bill as packaged by agriculture leaders in the House and Senate. The comprehensive bill would address many of the priorities previously outlined by the organization during farm bill negotiations.
KEARNEY, NEB. – In his annual address at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson told more than 350 farmers and ranchers from across the state that progress is being made in efforts to address the state’s overreliance on property taxes, a situation that has led to Nebraska being one of the highest property tax states in the nation. In his remarks, Nelson also highlighted the importance of the United States resolving trade disputes that have limited market access for Nebraska agriculture commodities into international markets, which are critical to the future of agriculture.
KEARNEY, NEB. – A new report from the Nebraska Farm Bureau shows retaliatory tariffs imposed by U.S. trading partners in response to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs have cut Nebraska farm level revenue between $700 million and $1 billion dollars in 2018. The report also shows the retaliatory tariffs have cost the state of Nebraska between $164 million and $242 million in lost labor income, in addition to the loss of 4,100 to 6,000 Nebraska jobs. In addition to identifying financial losses, the report “A Path Forward on Trade – Retaliatory Tariffs and Nebraska Agriculture,” also offers specific actions to eliminate retaliatory tariffs and secure long-term access for agriculture and other U.S. products into international markets.
LINCOLN, NEB. – Farmers and ranchers from across the state set Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) policy positions for the coming year and elected four individuals to the organization’s Board of Directors during the NEFB Annual Meeting and Convention held Dec. 2-4 in Kearney. NEFB is Nebraska’s largest general farming organization, representing the interests of farmers and ranchers who produce virtually every agricultural commodity in Nebraska.
KEARNEY, NEB. – York County Farm Bureau member, Jason Perdue of York is the winner of the 2018 Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet competition. The award was announced Dec. 4, at the “We Love Our Members” luncheon during the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 101st Annual Convention held Dec. 2-4 in Kearney.
KEARNEY, NEB. – Ryan and Amy Musgrave of Ong were named the recipients of the 2018 Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award. The award was given Dec. 4, at the Membership Recognition luncheon during the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 101st Annual Convention held Dec. 2-4 in Kearney, Nebraska.
KEARNEY, NEB. – Kyle and Tiffany Lechtenberg of Boyd County Farm Bureau were honored as Nebraska Farm Bureau's 2018 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award winners at the Nebraska Farm Bureau 101st Annual Convention Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today’s signing of the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a step in the right direction toward normalizing our trading relationship with two of our largest trading partners and closest allies. We thank President Trump as well his administration for all of their hard work in getting this new agreement, which does contain many positive wins for farmers and ranchers, this far. We now call upon Congress to take up and pass this new agreement quickly in order to provide a level of certainty for Nebraska’s farm and ranch families.”
In August 2009, Nebraska Farm Bureau then President, Keith Olsen, warned that health insurance costs could skyrocket for farmers and ranchers under the Obama administration’s proposal to mandate certain kinds of health insurance. “A large majority of food producers are self-employed, and many buy their own health insurance without the benefit of being part of a group,” said Olsen. “Requiring compulsory health insurance in the form of an individual coverage mandate or forcing insurers to cover everyone will mean higher insurance premiums.” Olsen also pointed out that farmers and ranchers would likely suffer the most with increased health insurance premiums associated with adoption of those policies given farmers and ranchers inability to pass increased costs onto customers, an option available to other businesses.