When the new Census of Agriculture was released recently, we got a lot of calls. Most were questions from journalists wondering what was going on that created such “unconventional” statistical shifts in Nebraska - increasing numbers of farmers and ranchers, etc.
On March 10th, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan program that will benefit the growing number of smaller farmers seeking to access opportunities in local and regional food system growth.
Communities all over the U.S have been harmed by climate change. Floods, droughts, fires, and mudslides have plagued numerous communities and climate-driven disaster clean-up alone cost taxpayers nearly $100 billion in 2012.
Lowering the valuation of agricultural property from its current level of 75 percent of full market value is not the way to lower property taxes in Nebraska. It is most likely to result in higher property taxes, particularly in rural Nebraska.