Nebraska Farm Bureau is once again providing overweight permit exemption forms to our members seeking to be exempt from having to get a seasonal overweight permit for farm trucks. We also want to remind farmers to keep safety at the forefront of their minds as they head back to the fields.

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

Interim Hearings – Education Spending

Even though the Legislature is not in session, committees continue to meet to hear testimony on interim studies introduced last session. This week, NEFB testified in front of the Education Committee, which heard Legislative Resolution (LR) 153 – Sen. Groene’s interim study to examine the administrative costs of local systems and school districts and investigate methods for reducing such costs. When it comes to reducing property taxes, NEFB state policy reads, “spending reductions achieved by controlling local administrative costs and prioritizing and sharing government services should be an integral part of reducing property taxes.”

The announcement of the trade deal between the United States and Japan is great news for Nebraska’s farm and ranch families. Japan is Nebraska’s fourth largest trading partner overall with total agricultural sales at more than $552 billion in 2017, this agreement is big news for Nebraska’s economy.

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The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, will accept applications for the 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge through Oct. 14. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds.

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Join us for the 2019 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention on December 8-10 at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney, Neb.

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Free legal and financial clinics are being offered for farmers and ranchers at seven sites across the state in October. The clinics are one-on-one meetings with an agricultural law attorney and an agricultural financial counselor. These are not group sessions, and they are confidential.

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There are a few factors to weigh when deciding between Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. With farm program open enrollment deadlines approaching in March 2020, producers deciding between the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs have a lot to think about — especially considering the shift in the ag economic environment since the last enrollment period.

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

Property Tax Negotiations Continue

The Revenue and Education Committees continue to meet in an effort to find compromise on LB 289, or another bill to reduce K-12 reliance on property taxes. As proposed during the 2019 legislative session, LB 289 would have eliminated several state sales tax exemptions and increased the sales tax rate on cigarettes to increase state funding for K-12 schools while reducing property taxes. LB 289 is out of Committee and on General File – the first round of debate – going into the 2020 legislative session.

Farm Bureau is increasing engagement with companies along the food supply chain to build strategic partnerships. Those relationships are yielding benefits for American famers.

NEFB is making it easy for our members this harvest season with our exemption form for overweight permits. Print the form, fill it out, and keep it in your truck!

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The Environmental Protection Agency is evaluating whether to allow continued use of Glyphosate. Nebraska Farm Bureau told the agency it’s one tool farmers need to keep in the toolbox.

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Nebraska reminds producers of approaching application deadlines for purchasing risk coverage for some crops through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).

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Think kernel weight times number of kernels per acre. But it’s not a predictable equation. One agronomist is maximizing yield by lowering populations.

*Story courtesy of Farm Progress

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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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