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Steve Nelson

A Season for Giving

With the 2018 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Convention in the rear-view mirror and the New Year fast approaching, it never hurts to do a little reflecting. There’s no better time to do so than the holiday season; a season that reminds us, much like Coach Devaney used to say, “It is better to give, than to receive.”

One of the ways we give is to show our appreciation to those who’ve helped us. That’s why I was pleased to have the opportunity to share my many thanks to those who’ve helped me and our organization over the past year during my address at our annual meeting and convention. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a Christmas present and not giving it,” is one of my favorite sayings. Knowing that not every Farm Bureau member is able to attend our convention and that I haven’t had the opportunity to share my appreciation with everyone, I want to make sure to say, “THANK YOU!” to all of you who’ve supported the Nebraska Farm Bureau in 2018.

It takes all of us working together to accomplish the many great things our organization has achieved over the past year. Without everyone’s collective efforts, we wouldn’t have been able to secure passage of federal tax reforms to reduce federal taxes on farms and ranches or stop a misguided “Waters of the U.S. Rule” that would have broadened federal powers over private land. Without your support, we wouldn’t have been able to stop a proposed tax on the use of water for irrigation in Nebraska or pass state legislation to ensure changes in federal law didn’t lead to increases in personal property taxes.

These are only a few examples of the good works of your organization. None of them happened by accident. They happened because you have chosen to be a member and have contributed to our organization in some way.

As we head into the New Year, I hope that you’ll continue to be a Farm Bureau member and offer your support for the work of your organization. I also ask you to reach out and urge others who are not a part of our organization to do the same. When it comes to serving agriculture, the more hands we have, the lighter the load becomes. Together we are stronger!

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Until Next Time,


Steve Nelson