As Congress prepares to address the pandemic, Nebraska Farm Bureau has asked members of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation to make sure actions address several key areas of concern for Nebraska agriculture. In a letter to the delegation, Nebraska Farm Bureau shared its hope that Congress provide some level of stabilization payments to agriculture producers, including cattle producers who’ve taken the brunt of the recent market downturns. In addition, the organization asked the delegation to keep in touch with Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) over concerns about potential market manipulation in cattle markets. Farm Bureau also highlighted the need for Congress to work with USDA to ensure meat packing and dairy processors remain operational in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau has developed a checklist of items for farmers and ranchers to consider as the potential spread of COVID-19 could further impact the day-to-day operations of Nebraska agriculture operations. The checklist covers topics from personal health to operational preparedness.

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The Legislature is on hiatus but could be back in Lincoln next week to take care of some special business. COVID-19 response measures were on the docket this week for Farm Bureau at the state level and in Washington, D.C. Read about these topics and more in this week’s Policy Watch.

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Yes…toilet paper has become a hot commodity, but Governor Ricketts assured Nebraskans this week that food shortages aren’t a concern. In a press conference with the Nebraska Grocers Association and Nebraska Restaurant Association, representatives assured Nebraskans there is no food shortage and the food supply is stable. A surge in grocery purchases by Nebraskans over the last week may have emptied shelves, but officials say the gaps in products will be closed over time.

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As we celebrate National Agriculture Week, March 22-28, Americans are being reminded just how important a safe and abundant food supply is. That supply starts with the work of our nation’s farm and ranch families. People from across the country and the world depend on a viable American agriculture and that means keeping farmers and their families healthy. Learn how do just that with guidance from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

DHHS COVID-19 Guidance

Property tax discussions continue and lawmakers take up revisions to the state budget this week. Check out details on key bills below and click HERE for an updated version of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s complete Bill Summary.

Farm Bureau members looking to engage with their state senator will need to communicate digitally or make a phone call due to new restrictions enacted by the Legislature in response to the COVID-19 spread. Moving forward, the balcony and chamber of the Legislature will be closed to visitors and senators will no longer be allowed to leave the Chamber to visit with constituents in the Rotunda, as has been common practice. The schedule for the Legislature is also in flux after the Speaker of the Legislature, Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk, announced the remaining days of the 60-day session will be dependent upon community spread of COVID-19. The body adjourned for a four-day recess Thursday, March 12. They are expected to return to the Capitol Tuesday, March 17, but that could change. While Nebraska Farm Bureau will no longer be hosting County Farm Bureau Days at the Capitol, County Farm Bureau leaders wanting a legislative update can still request a update phone call by contacting Whittney Tiedeman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and in the interest of public safety the Nebraska Farm Bureau has cancelled several upcoming events. Canceled events include:

March 16 – Legislative Dist. 1 District Evaluation Committee (DEC) Candidate Interviews
March 24 – Property Tax Day at the Capitol/Burgers, Brats, & Brews
March 26-27 – Meeting of the Nebraska Leadership Academy
March 26-27 – Meeting of the Nebraska Young Farmer and Rancher Committee
March 30 – Legislative Dist. 30 District Evaluation Committee (DEC) Candidate Interviews

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors meeting scheduled for March 25-26 and the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation Board of Directors meeting scheduled for March 23 will be held via conference call.

Decision making about how to keep yourself and others safe while advancing the work of Farm Bureau in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak is important. Here’s some key information for Farm Bureau leaders and members to know as we work through this challenging time.

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In the interest of public safety and to protect the safety of the Nebraska Farm Bureau staff and their families, effective Monday, March 16, the Nebraska Farm Bureau staff will begin working remotely to limit in-person interactions in the home office. The policy will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. Limited staff will be present in the building. The mainline phone number for the Membership Department (402) 421-4466 will be manned. If you need to contact staff directly please email them.

NEFB Staff Directory

Senators started full day floor debate this week with several bills of interest to agriculture getting floor time. Check out details on key bills and an updated version of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s complete Bill Summary

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Farm Bureau Members can take advantage of exclusive Farm Bureau pricing and free shipping on purchases over $299, March 25-31, 2020.

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The USDA Farm Service Agency is urging 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. Bobbie Kriz-Wickham with USDA Nebraska Farm Service Agency share’s more details on why shouldn’t wait.

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Several of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s State Board of Directors flew to Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of Nebraska’s farm and ranch families. Broadband expansion, growing agriculture markets, tax issues, and economic conditions of the farm were topics of conversation that Nebraska Farm Bureau leaders covered in meetings with members of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation and other government entities.

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Senators started full day floor debate this week, with several bills of interest to agriculture getting floor time. Check out details on key bills below and click HERE for an updated version of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s complete Bill Summary.

Senators started full day floor debate this week, with several bills of interest to agriculture getting floor time. Check out details on key bills and an updated version of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s complete Bill Summary.

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Join us on March 24 for food, fun, and conversation as Farm Bureau members and Nebraska’s state senators mix in a relaxed setting allowing you the opportunity to get to better know our states elected leaders. RSVP by March 20 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The February/March edition of the Nebraska Farm Bureau News newspaper is now online. Catch up on all the stories and insights on your phone, computer, tablet, or other digital devices.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should revamp its drone proposal to provide flexibility to allow farmers and ranchers who cannot access the internet to continue using drones, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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The House of Representatives passed the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act (S. 1822). The bill, approved by the Senate last year, will now go to President Trump for his signature.

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A weather disaster can strike any moment. Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health (UMASH) has created a checklist so you can be ready for a variety of emergencies on your farm.

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This weekend at the Annual Nebraska Statehood Day Dinner, former NEFB President Keith Olsen and his wife Doris were honored with the distinguished NEBRASKAlander Award for their service to Nebraska. Congrats Keith & Doris!

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Share your Farm Bureau member benefit story for a chance to win a VIP Season Pass to Silver Dollar City Attractions and a $100 Visa gift card from Farm Bureau Bank.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) is a proud partner of Nebraska FFA with our members supporting FFA at the county, state, and national levels. In celebration of National FFA week, NEFB promoted a contest for Nebraska FFA chapters. We are happy to announce the Crawford and Burwell FFA Chapters will be receiving a $250 for their chapter.

Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson, Chair of the Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee discusses LB 992, a Farm Bureau supported bill targeted to boosting broadband across Nebraska.

Hearings End, Priority Bills Named

This week was the last for Legislative Committees to hold hearings on bills. Every bill introduced is required to have a public hearing. With hearings over, the Legislature will move to all-day floor debate next week. The deadline for priority bill designations by the Speaker of the Legislature, committees, and senators passed last week, meaning the stage is set for what floor debate will look like for the remainder of the session as priority designations largely dictate what bills will be taken up on the legislative floor. Check out this week’s happenings below.

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We’re halfway through the 2020 Legislative Session…a farm friendly transportation bill is on the move, property tax relief negotiations continue, and priority bills have been designated to inform what will get discussed the rest of the session. Be sure to check out this week’s edition of Policy Watch hitting with highlights from the Capitol.

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We’re halfway through the 2020 Legislative Session…a farm friendly transportation bill is on the move, property tax relief negotiations continue, and priority bills have been designated to inform what will get discussed the rest of the session. Be sure to check out this week’s edition of Policy Watch hitting with highlights from the Capitol.

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Farm Safety of Mind Resources

Several of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s State Board of Directors will be in Washington D.C. next week to advocate on behalf of Nebraska’s farm and ranch families. Broadband expansion, growing agriculture markets, tax issues and economic conditions of the farm will be on the slate of topics Farm Bureau leaders will cover in meetings with members of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation and other government entities.