Nebraska Farm Bureau thanked President Trump this week for signing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement into law. The new deal will open the door for new sales of Nebraska wheat, poultry, and dairy products to these critical trade partners, while maintaining much needed market access for other major commodities.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau offered support this week for a bill that would expand the scope of use of the state’s overweight harvest permits. Nebraska Farm Bureau State Board Member Lance Atwater provided the organization’s testimony in support of LB 931.

Nebraska Farm Bureau offered support this week for a bill that would expand the scope of use of the state’s overweight harvest permits. Nebraska Farm Bureau State Board Member Lance Atwater provided the organization’s testimony in support of LB 931.

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U.S. Rep. Don Bacon has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by NEFB-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Bacon is seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

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A two-day campaign management training seminar was held by Nebraska Farm Bureau, Jan. 27-28 in Lincoln. The seminar was held for candidates who are running or plan to run for public office, their spouses, and their campaign managers. This is an opportunity for participants to have meaningful, hands-on experience and to test techniques, tools and methods when it comes to running for office.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau testified in support of LB 974 this week, the Revenue Committee’s bill (LB 974) targeted to lowering property taxes and reforming the way Nebraska funds K-12 schools. Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, Chair of the Legislature’s Revenue Committee, explains what the bill does and how you can help deliver tax relief!

Hearing Report – LB 974 (Property Tax Relief)

NEFB President Steve Nelson testified in support of LB 974, before the Revenue Committee this week. Introduced by members of the Revenue Committee, the bill proposes to increase funding to K-12 schools in an effort to reduce the state's overreliance on property taxes. Supporters of the bill included members of the Agriculture Leaders Working Group, the Platte Institute, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska Bankers Association, and other associations advocating for lower taxes, as well as individuals. Education interests opposed the bill. Testifiers in opposition included the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association, Schools Taking Action for Nebraska Children’s Education, which represents mid-sized schools, and the Greater Nebraska Schools Association which represents large schools which receive the bulk of state equalization assistance. The Open Sky Policy Institute also testified in opposition along with a handful of individuals who don't believe LB 974 provides relief fast enough.

Nebraska Farm Bureau is backing a bill to ensure groundwater rights can’t be separated from overlying land in Nebraska. The bill, LB 802, was introduced by Sen. Dan Hughes of Venango. Furnas County Farm Bureau President Doug Winz gave Farm Bureau’s supportive testimony before the Natural Resources Committee this week. Click below as Sen. Hughes and Doug Winz share insights on the bill.

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USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Nebraska State Executive Director Nancy Johner reminds agricultural producers to sign up now for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. The deadline to choose between ARC or PLC and complete enrollment for the 2019 crop year is March 16, 2020.

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The Trump administration successfully enacted a new clean water rule effectively replacing the highly controversial Obama era 2015 “Waters of the U.S.’ Rule”. This action is a major victory for Nebraskans and others who support private property rights and respect the rights of states to manage waters as directed by Congress under the Clean Water Act.

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TMcPherson and Logan County Farm Bureaus hosted a successful Cow/Calf Symposium on Jan. 7 at the Stapleton Community Center. The Cow/Calf Symposium brought together nearly 50 friends, family, and others involved in the cattle industry for an afternoon of speakers. Topics ranged from beef and cattle market outlook to risk management and marketing strategies. Watch Cow/Calf Symposium speakers listed below.

Risk Management
Range Cow Production and Nutrition
Livestock Risk Protection
Export Markets
Beef Verification and Certification Programs
New Technologies

Tyler and Alysha Ramsey, Brady Revels, and Randy and BrenDee Reinke competed for the Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Achievement Award, Discussion Meet, and Excellence in Agriculture Award at the AFBF Annual Convention in Austin, Texas, Jan. 17-22. The Ramseys of Adams County represented Nebraska in the Achievement Award contest. Brady Revels of Douglas County made it to the sweet sixteen of the Discussion Meet contest. The Reinkes of Antelope Count presented in the Excellence in Agriculture contest. Young farmers from around the country competed for the awards by demonstrating knowledge of and achievement in agriculture, as well as commitment to promoting the agriculture industry. Thank you to the Ramseys, Brady Revels, and the Reinkes for your hard work preparing and outstanding job representing Nebraska.

Running for elected office at any level can be challenging. There’s much to consider before jumping into the fray. That’s why the NEFB-PAC offers campaign training for perspective candidates and others interested in campaigns. The training will take place Monday, Jan. 27 in Lincoln.

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Governor Shares Priorities in State of the State Address

Gov. Pete Ricketts revealed his legislative priorities, including proposals to provide property tax relief, business incentives, and aid in flood recovery during his “State of the State” address Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Governor reiterated that the state economic forecasting board has raised its revenue projection by $266 million for the next two fiscal years, money NEFB agrees should go toward property tax relief. Ricketts also indicated the federal government will pay for the majority of flood recovery efforts but he's asking the state to contribute $50 million, provide an additional $9.2 million to the most devastated counties, and increase the Governor's Emergency Fund by $3 million. The governor also called for passage of LB 720 - Sen. Kolterman's bill which would extend business tax incentives.

A proposal by the Legislature’s Revenue Committee that seeks to lower property taxes and reform the way Nebraska funds K-12 schools has gained the support of the Nebraska Farm Bureau. LB 974 would provide property tax relief for all Nebraskans, including farm and ranch families who’ve experienced the greatest property tax increases. It also puts the state on the path of taking back responsibility for funding K-12 education; a responsibility that’s been pushed more and more onto property owners over the years.

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Join Nebraska Farm Bureau for a conference call/Zoom meeting Monday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. (CT) to discuss how we can work together to support LB 974, the Revenue Committee’s bill targeted to cutting property taxes and reforming how Nebraska’s K-12 schools are funded! LB 974 would deliver much need property tax relief for Nebraskans. Farm Bureau’s preliminary analysis indicates that compared to 2019 taxes levied, Nebraskans could see a 7-9 percent reduction in overall property tax collections and agricultural landowners could see a 10-12 percent reduction in agricultural land taxes when the bill is fully implemented.

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The signing of the Phase One deal with China is positive for American agriculture and Nebraska’s farm and ranch families. There’s no question it’s a critical step forward in stopping escalation of the trade dispute with what has been one of our largest trading partners and purchasers of Nebraska agricultural commodities; particularly Nebraska soybeans.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau is pleased with the Senate approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). We especially want to thank Senators Fischer and Sasse for their work in moving this agreement forward. This is a victory for Nebraska agriculture and is more good news for farmers and ranchers who now can depend on access to these markets to sell their products.

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation has selected Arlys Cupp for the 2020 Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year honor. The Teacher of the Year is awarded to outstanding teachers that incorporate agriculture into their classroom through innovative ideas and lessons.

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Running for elected office at any level can be challenging. There’s much to consider before jumping into the fray. That’s why the NEFB-PAC offers campaign training for perspective candidates and others interested in campaigns. Register Today!

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Legislative Session Underway

State lawmakers returned to Lincoln Wed., Jan. 8 to start the 60-day, 2020 Legislative Session. Senators will spend the first 10 days of the session introducing legislative bills. The last day to introduce bills is Jan. 23. More than 200 bills were introduced during the first three days of the session.

Each year, the Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee holds a conference that brings young agriculture professionals (ages 18-40) together to gain valuable insights into agriculture trends, career opportunities and knowledge on leading issues facing farmers and ranchers in Nebraska. Register Today!

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Running for elected office at any level can be challenging. There’s much to consider before jumping into the fray. That’s why the NEFB-PAC offers campaign training for perspective candidates and others interested in campaigns. Register Today!

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Join Nebraska Farm Bureau for a Legislative Session Kick-Off Webinar, Wed., Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. (CT). We’ll discuss Farm Bureau’s policy priorities for the year, talk legislative bills and Farm Bureau’s position on them, as well cover how you can help make sure lawmakers do what’s right for agriculture.

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Take your engagement to the next level and bring County Farm Bureau leaders to Lincoln for a “Day at the Capitol”. Don’t just watch the legislative process, be a part of it as you meet with your state senator, interact with influencers, and represent rural Nebraska. Contact Jay Ferris at (402) 421-4409 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Focus Continues on Taxes, Broadband in 2020 Session

Capturing new revenue to reduce property taxes and improving access to broadband across rural Nebraska will once again be at the center of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s efforts during the 2020 legislative session.

Newswire, Policy Watch, and Economic Tidbits will be taking a break and will return on January 10, 2020. Everyone at Nebraska Farm Bureau would like to wish our members a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!