The president of the Nebraska Farmers Union is making a wish list for the 2016 state legislative session, as the Unicameral will reconvene on January 6th.
John Hansen says one of the priority issues of the past few sessions remains on the docket for the year ahead.
“We want property tax relief,” Hansen says. “That certainly was front and center and we continue to support the renewable fuel standard. We continue to support wind energy development and the appropriate structure at the local level that provides balance to protect public health but that also allows commercial development.”
Hansen says the farmers union also plans to ask for state assistance on behalf of farmers and ranchers who are dealing with climate change challenges.
He says, “Agriculture is going to need help and a partnership at the state and federal level to get the research we need but also to get the financial support we need to revisit some of our assumptions relative to water use, crops that we use.”
On the congressional level, Hansen says the farmers union opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership due to concerns over currency manipulation, value-added taxes and the trade deficit. The TPP is a “free trade” agreement being negotiated by the U.S. and eight other countries.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton