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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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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!

The House voting on USMCA moves us one step closer to bringing much needed stability in our trade relations with two of our most important trade partners in Mexico and Canada. While this important vote was long overdue, it’s welcomed news in farm country.

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While EPA claims this new rule will ensure the agency meets the Congressionally mandated goal of blending 15 billion gallons of biofuels into our nations fuel supply in 2020, we still have great concerns about EPA having previously granted an excessive number of waivers relieving oil refiners of their legal obligations to blend biofuels.

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s appointment of Ben Sasse to the Senate’s Finance Committee gives Nebraska farmers and ranchers a strong voice on arguably one of the most powerful committees in Congress.

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Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC), a program of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, headed back to school this fall with new, grade-specific lessons and activities for Nebraska teachers. In the first semester of 2019-2020, 4,058 students from 208 classrooms participated in a hands-on lesson, up from 120 classrooms in the entire 2018-19 school year.

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Farm Bureau members and their neighbors rallied together in the face of the historic blizzards and floods that ravaged the state in the Spring of 2019. A video of the Farm Bureau family stepping up for disaster relief was unveiled at the 2019 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention in Kearney, Dec. 9-10.

In his annual address at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention, Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson praised the efforts of Nebraskans, especially Farm Bureau members and their neighbors who rallied together in the face of historic blizzards and floods that ravaged the state in the Spring of 2019.

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Douglas County Farm Bureau member, Brady Revels of Omaha is the winner of the 2019 Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet competition. The award was announced Dec. 10, at the “We Love Our Members” luncheon during Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 102nd Annual Convention held Dec. 8-10 in Kearney.

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Tyler and Alysha Ramsey of Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau were honored as Nebraska Farm Bureau's 2019 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture award winners at Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 102nd Annual Convention.

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Randy and BrenDee Reinke of Neligh were named the recipients of the 2019 Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture award.

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Ten farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness professionals from across Nebraska have been selected for Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2020 Leadership Academy. They will begin the year-long program starting Jan. 23-24 in Kearney.

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation held its fourth annual Grower’s Gala on Dec. 9, during the 2019 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Convention. The evening included a dinner sponsored by Farm Bureau Bank, a live auction, and entertainment by the Bobby Layne Orchestra.

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Please join Nebraska Farm Bureau for an informational webinar with Dr. William Flynn, DVM, MS, Deputy Director for Science Policy for the Center for Veterinary Medicine at FDA to discuss the proposed plan. The webinar will be held on Thursday, December 19th at noon (Central). To RSVP for the webinar, please click here.

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U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse has been designated a “Friend of Agriculture” by NEFB-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Sasse who is seeking re-election to U.S. Senate received the designation based on his work on several policy issues of high priority to Nebraska farmers and ranchers, according to Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson.

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We applaud Sen. Fischer for her introduction of the Real MEAT Act. This important piece of legislation provides additional transparency to consumers and restores labeling integrity for plant-based products.

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While our farm and ranch families have waited far too long for this good news, we are pleased a deal has finally been reached on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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Despite major declines in Nebraska soybean exports, and reductions in both pork and wheat exports, the dollar value of Nebraska’s total agriculture exports increased from 2017 to 2018 thanks to significant boosts in sales of Nebraska beef and corn to countries that avoided trade disputes with the United States.

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A report from Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Governmental Relations team.

Expanding Broadband

This week, Jason Perdue of York testified on behalf of NEFB at a state Transportation and Telecommunications Committee hearing on the Rural Broadband Task Force report to the Legislature. Jason told the Committee that NEFB agrees with many findings and recommendations of the task force, including clarifying that internet service is an approved use for accessing easements and eliminating any remaining restrictions on leasing dark fiber, which some believe is holding up advancement of more public-private partnerships. NEFB also wants to ensure the efforts of the Task Force, State Legislature, and Public Service Commission are not unnecessarily burdensome or duplicative, but we do support more comprehensive, accurate broadband service maps, technology neutral policies to address the cost and logistical problems facing rural broadband deployment in the most cost-effective ways, and establishment of a Subcommittee on Agriculture within the Task Force.

Check out all tha's happening at the 2019 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting & Convention!

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The Nebraska Farm Bureau is pushing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to keep its promise as it relates to protecting the integrity of the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

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