This week, Farm Bureau had the opportunity to connect a Richardson County Farm Bureau member with the Assistant Administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention to talk about the need to ensure farmers continue to have access to necessary tools in the toolbox.

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Property Tax Progress

As the Revenue Committee continues to meet, reports this week continue to indicate the Legislature and Governor are looking more closely at using growth in state revenue to fund property tax relief. There seems to be little consensus when it comes to fundamentally reforming the way we fund K-12 schools – which most agree is the primary reason Nebraska’s system is so out of balance compared to other states – but there has been talk of putting $100 million per year over three years into the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund or toward lowering agriculture, residential, and commercial property valuations while providing some additional aid to schools. Although NEFB continues to support more comprehensive reform and broadening the sales tax base to help pay for property tax relief, we are encouraged by reports of possible compromise.

Preparing to sign-up for 2018 Farm Bill programs. Check out our list of the Top Ten Things to Remember.

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Nebraskans must be open to new opportunities to grow agriculture, even when those opportunities look different than what has been available to previous generations of farmers and ranchers. That’s the message Farm Bureau shared with lawmakers during a legislative hearing this week.

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Only 63 percent of rural Nebraskans have fixed broadband that meets the federal standards for digital download and upload speeds. The Nebraska Rural Broadband Task Force issued its recommendations on how to improve broadband access for rural Nebraskans.

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NEFB First Vice President Mark McHargue is in Germany helping build relationships and markets for Nebraska agriculture as part of Gov. Ricketts’ trade mission. Germany is the world’s fourth-biggest economy and the largest population of the European Unions’ member states.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau is asking members to submit comments to the EPA letting them know their plan to address ethanol demand loss that has occurred because of their use of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) isn’t acceptable.

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Getting President Trump’s new U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) passed is critical to all Nebraskans. Sign the petition today to help get the bill across the finish line.

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Please join us for networking, fun, and a celebration of Nebraska agriculture on Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

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Weed seeds might have been brought in from out of state by hay; growers may deal with higher pressure next year.

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Open enrollment for the 2020 Nebraska Farm Bureau Member Health Plan is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. In this week's Newswire video, NEFB Chief Administrator Rob Robertson goes over everything you need to know about Farm Bureau’s member health plan and how to sign up.

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Talking Dicamba

Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Chair of the Legislature’s Agriculture Committee, Sen. Steve Halloran of Hastings, hosted a group of stakeholders this week to discuss current and emerging issues related to the use of dicamba. Senators, along with representatives of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, farm organizations, and agribusiness interests, discussed the need to respond to genuine concerns related to off-target impacts of dicamba, without overreacting or further limiting proper use of dicamba. Senators heard from farm groups, including Nebraska Farm Bureau, that dicamba is an important tool when it comes to weed control, especially considering the growing need for farmers to diversify herbicide use.

Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected Dr. Terry Klopfenstein, Emeritus Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), as the 2019 recipient of, its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award.

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Sen. Deb Fischer and Congressman Adrian Smith have introduced the “Western Expanded In-State Television Access Act” in the U.S. Senate and in the House of Representatives.

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Because of the challenges faced last spring and this year’s projected lower quality hay crop, supplementing cattle this year with protein will be an effective way to increase intake and digestibility of low-quality forages so cattle performance is not compromised.

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation awarded the Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation Scholarship in Honor of Max & Eric Brown to Caitlin Pittman of Gering, Wendy McKain of Trenton, and Samantha Rife of Stratton.

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Join Nebraska farmers and ranchers from across the state Dec. 8-10, 2019 at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention in Kearney.

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Nebraskans are ready to reap the benefits of the United States – Mexico – Canada – Agreement and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi should act immediately to secure Congressional passage of USMCA to help them do so. That’s the message delivered by Nebraska elected officials and agriculture leaders during an Oct. 26 news conference to highlight the importance of USMCA, amidst Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Omaha for a political event.