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A new analysis by the Nebraska Farm Bureau estimates the ongoing retaliatory tariffs imposed by countries on U.S. agricultural exports will cost Nebraska producers $943 million in lost revenues in 2019. The projected losses would be in addition to tariff related losses in farm level income estimated between $695 million to $1.026 billion in 2018.

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A big THANK YOU! to Farm Bureau members who contributed in some way over the last few years to help secure repeal of the 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” Rule. EPA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers officially pulled the Rule Thursday. Your efforts as a Farm Bureau member helped stop one of the largest regulatory overreaches in U.S. history!

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It’s time for Congress to pass legislation to enact the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) and bring home a “win” for Nebraska agriculture. That’s the message relayed by Nebraska leaders who gathered at Husker Harvest Days. The Trump administration has negotiated a trade deal with the two countries, but Congress must act for the provisions of the agreement to go into effect. Help bring home a win! Text IM4USMCA to 52886 and offer your support!

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A coalition of activist and environmental groups spearheading opposition to the development of new chicken barns in the state took things to the extreme this week when they launched an online petition calling for a statewide shutdown of the development of any new livestock farms in Nebraska. Nebraska Farm Bureau responded publicly saying a statewide moratorium would be the equivalent of halting the growth of rural Nebraska and nothing short of a disservice to Nebraska farmers and ranchers and our state.

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USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced this week that farmers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+).

The story of the worst natural disaster in modern Nebraska history is told in “And the Floods Came: Nebraska 2019,” a production of the news unit at NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations.

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A new analysis by the Nebraska Farm Bureau estimates the ongoing retaliatory tariffs imposed by countries on U.S. agricultural exports will cost Nebraska producers $943 million in lost revenues in 2019. The projected losses would be in addition to tariff related losses in farm level income estimated between $695 million to $1.026 billion in 2018.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) thanked United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue on Aug. 28 for his recent announcement of a Packers and Stockyards investigation to examine beef pricing margins following the fire and subsequent shutdown of the beef processing facility in Holcomb, Kansas.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson is in Vietnam this week as part of Governor Pete Ricketts trade mission to the country. Vietnam is a growing market for Nebraska agricultural products.

More than 200 fifth graders from eight classrooms in Northeast Nebraska gained firsthand experience on where their food, fiber, and fuel come from by attending the third annual Growing Potential Agriculture Festival that was held in Wayne, Neb. on Aug. 29.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau gives three awards annually to exceptional Young Farmers & Ranchers. Nebraska Award winners receive $500 and an expense paid trip to the national YF&R competition at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. National award winners will be eligible for thousands in additional prizes and money. Applications are due September 2, 2019. Apply today!

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It is pleasing to hear the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) announcement that federal crop insurance will cover crop losses resulting from the July 17 tunnel collapse that stopped irrigation flows to farms on the Gering-Ft Laramie Irrigation District in Nebraska and Goshen Irrigation District in Wyoming. This is great news for many farmers who have faced an extremely challenging growing season due to the unfortunate circumstances well beyond their control.

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A fire-related shutdown of a major beef processing plant in Kansas that’s caused considerable disruption in cattle markets has prompted the Nebraska Farm Bureau to ask USDA to actively investigate the recent movements in cattle markets and to make sure provisions of the Packers and Stockyards Act are being upheld.

Travel issues prevented Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue from taking part in a disaster roundtable organized by U.S. senator Deb Fischer at the Nebraska State Fair August 23, but it didn’t stop Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson, Sen. Fischer, Congressman Adrian Smith, Governor Pete Rickets, Nebraska Director of Agriculture Steve Wellman, and other federal and state officials from discussing disaster related issues.

Congress is finishing up their August recess and passage of the new U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA) should be first on their “To Do” list when they get back to Washington. Now is the time for Nebraska Farm Bureau members to make their voices heard in support of USMCA!

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation was awarded a grant from the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) to support the growth of agricultural literacy in pre-kindergarten-12th grade classrooms in Nebraska. Funding for the competitive grant program came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA).

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The Silver Eagle Award is Nebraska Farm Bureau’s highest honor and each year the organization bestows the award to an individual or entity for their contributions to Nebraska agriculture. Farm Bureau is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Silver Eagle Ward. Who do you think should get the award?

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Nebraska Farm Bureau is a proud sponsor of the Nebraska State Fair and our future agriculture leaders! We’ve got a lot going on at the state fair this year! Stop by and see us in the cattle barn.

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Farmers are invited to submit nominations for the 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, brought to you by Purina. This is the second year of the contest, which celebrates farm dogs who work alongside their people to bring nutritious food to our tables and our pets’ bowls.

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While there is still time to donate to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Relief Fund, we will be closing the fund on Aug. 15. Nearly $3.3 million has been raised, and 90 percent of the funds have been distributed to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities suffering from the natural disasters that impacted the state in March.

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