Nebraska Farm Bureau members have wrapped up their policy forum, discussing issues brought up by their county organizations.
Jay Rempe, the bureau’s vice president of government relations, says the members reaffirmed support for property tax relief and the need for the state legislature to follow through.
“You’re looking at property taxes in Nebraska that are $3.2-billion total and for agriculture that’s on land, you’re pushing $700 to 800-million,” Rempe says. “To have some true reform, we feel like there needs to be some more done and we’ll keep working with senators and others to try to achieve more property tax relief.”
Besides tax relief, Rempe says Farm Bureau members also want to advance policy dealing with water concerns and renewable fuels, issues that will be finalized at the group’s annual meeting in early December.
“Water funding is an ongoing issue,” Rempe says. “Of course, the legislature created a task force to look at that.”
As for national debates, he says they’ll continue to support the Renewable Fuel Standard which promotes corn-based ethanol.
Rempe says members are also very concerned about private information and data collected about farms and ranches and who should have the authority to get that information.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton