Farm Policy News

Rural America has waited too long for farm bill

Congress’s compromise farm bill secures several victories for conservation, beginning farmers, and rural communities, while failing to cap payments to the largest farms or secure long-term funding for working lands conservation.

Conservation Stewardship Program deadline fast approaching

An important deadline is coming up quickly for certain contract holders with the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Farmers and ranchers who started their first CSP contract in 2014 are eligible this year to apply to renew for a second CSP contract. Interested farmers and ranchers have until Dec. 31 to sign contract modifications with their local Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) office.

Nebraskans push to add new veteran farmers

With the 2019 legislative session just around the corner, champions of Nebraska's Beginning Farmer Tax Credit are hoping to leverage the program's success to open more land to military veterans.

Created in 2001, the program offers both landowners and new farmers tax incentives and mentorships with experienced farmers during critical start-up phases. Jordan Rasmussen, policy manager with the Center for Rural Affairs, said bringing new, younger people into farming has created positive ripple effects across the state.

Conservation Innovation Grant Case Studies: Conservation is key for Ruth

For more than two decades, Ruth Chantry has been gaining farming experience, and she’s not planning to stop any time soon.

Common Good Farm, located outside Raymond, Nebraska, is run by Ruth and her husband, Evrett Lunquist. Their farm is certified organic and certified biodynamic, which means they meet organic agriculture standards, and also look at the farm as a whole organism

Are property taxes on the ballot?

Up and down the campaign trail and all across Nebraska, candidates are quick to tell you that property tax is their number one priority. It’s true for incumbents and newcomers alike. Nearly every rural or statewide contender is ensuring voters that property tax is the primary focus.

These candidates show empathy when saying times are tough. They are quick to display confidence when telling us they “know how to fix it.” Some use flashy graphs, glossy charts, and selective statistics to show they are serious.

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