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TOP PRIORITIES: Nebraska Farm Bureau's top policy priorities include reducing the state's reliance on property taxes and seeking a more balanced way to fund public education.

Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors sets policy priorities

Property taxes, trade, broadband service identified as top issues for 2019.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors has set the organization’s policy priorities for 2019. Reducing Nebraska’s reliance on property taxes, expanding markets for agricultural products and improving broadband access across the state are among the topics identified as organizational priorities for the year.

"There are numerous issues that impact farms and ranches,” said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president. “It’s important our organization focuses our time and resources on those that directly affect the ability of our members to be successful. Whether we’re working at the state or national level, we’re working to serve members."

Nebraska Farm Bureau’s state policy priority list includes:

• Reducing Nebraska’s reliance on property taxes.

• Seeking a more balanced system to fund education.

• Growing Nebraska’s livestock sector and value-added agriculture.

• Expanding farm and ranch access to high-quality broadband service statewide.

• Proactive engagement on both state water quality and quantity issues.

• Making sure regulations are workable for Nebraska farms and ranches.

Nebraska Farm Bureau’s national policy priority list includes:

• Expanding markets for Nebraska agricultural products through international trade.

• Reducing unnecessary regulations and working for regulatory reform.

• Defending animal agriculture production and supporting policies to enhance profitability.

• Implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.

• Ensuring farmers and ranchers can meet their labor and workforce needs.

• Expanding farm and ranch access to high-quality broadband service statewide.

• Promotion and expansion of markets for renewable fuels, including E15.

"Working in these areas, we can help create opportunities for our farms and ranches to prosper," Nelson said.

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