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Kansas, A cautionary tale for others

State governments across the nation are looking to cut income tax rates. We are paying close attention to legislators in Nebraska who are publicly discussing their plans for cutting income tax rates. Some say efforts should be coupled with property tax reform. Pairing the two would break the state’s budget at a time when we are projected to face a greater than $350 million shortfall in the next budget cycle. Nebraskans only have to look to our neighbors to the south to see the folly of such imbalanced plans.

Fight for Fairness for Farmers and Ranchers

Tuesday’s election has distracted most of us from, well, just about everything. We have a lot to do in working with the transition team of the new administration, and getting to know new members of the House and Senate.

However, we still have some work to finish in the waning days of the current administration and with the current Congress. USDA has only 72 days before this administration ends to finish absolutely crucial rules intended to protect the rights of farmers and ranchers who raise poultry and livestock.

Double your gift this Giving Tuesday

Mark your calendars: Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, Nov. 29, and the money you give to the Center for Rural Affairs will be matched by Newman’s Own Foundation, dollar for dollar.

Giving Tuesday hasn’t been around as long as Black Friday or Cyber Monday. But it’s a more fulfilling day, falling on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It’s a worldwide day of giving created to support and celebrate nonprofits after the days of consuming.

Free webinars available on Whole Farm Revenue Protection

Do you produce fruits, vegetables or other specialty crops? Are you interested in protecting your crops with crop insurance, but struggling to find crop insurance that works for the diversity of fruits or vegetables you produce on your operation?

Or maybe you’re a crop insurance agent who is interested in strengthening crop insurance options for specialty crop producers. Maybe you’re a banker, and your banking policies require that loan applicants have crop insurance.

A gold medal in your own community

Traveling to conferences seems to be the perfect way to get away, stop working, and get to know new places you haven’t visited yet.

Many clients think I take three or four vacations a year and have a robust budget for shopping, eating out and entertainment. 

The comparison reminds me of a picture I saw on Facebook about the value of a house and how it is seen by the lender, the seller, the buyer, your appraiser and your tax assessor.

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