Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts made it a full day when he visited Husker Harvest Days on the show’s first day, September 14. Farmer on some of the federal and state issues that are important to farmers and ranchers.
Ricketts called the 90-day unicameral session that ended last spring “historic” as lawmakers passed a two-year state budget, along with a number of government relief measures. property tax that will positively affect Nebraska growers. He also spoke about new state legislation aimed at expanding and improving access to high-quality broadband in rural Nebraska.
NF asked Ricketts about his âMeat on the Menuâ day designation in March. Ricketts noted that the ranching industry is crucial to the state as a larger industry, with beef being the most important in the ranching sector. Promoting and supporting beef producers is crucial for the state, Ricketts said, contrasting his designation with places that promote ideas like meatless days.
Prior to his appearance at Nebraska Farmer Hour, Ricketts attended the “Freedom Grows Here” press conference in front of the Nebraska Farm Bureau building at HHD. âAgriculture is the heart and soul of what we do here in Nebraska,â Ricketts told the crowd gathered for the event. “Yet we see the current administration intending to undermine agriculture in our state.”
Ricketts cited a lack of support for ethanol, the proposed 30×30 plan, which he said would devastate small towns and communities, and efforts to rewrite the waters of American rule. He noted that he believed it was a federal overshoot in water regulations.
He also cited the first federal proposals, which have since been scrapped for the time being, to eliminate the âgross-up basisâ provision of an inherited asset such as farmland. Ricketts said losing this provision would make it extremely difficult to pass the land to the fifth and sixth generations of the family farm.
âOur farmers and ranchers are the primary conservationists,â said Ricketts, âbecause they want to take their land and pass it on to the next generation. Ninety-five percent of our state’s farms are owned by families, many of which are in the fifth and sixth generation, “he added.” They know how important it is to take care of the earth and pass it on. “
He called on agriculture to meet these challenges with a united voice and stand up for the industry. Ricketts said the federal government’s recent proposals pose a threat to our nation’s food security and, ultimately, national security.
Agricultural Technology Summit
Additionally, Ricketts opened the first Nebraska Ag Technology Summit at HHD. This afternoon’s talk, moderated by Max Armstrong, host of This Week in Agribusiness, featured panel discussions on agronomic technology, next-generation equipment and advancements in the bioeconomy.
With Ricketts on the hospitality tent stage, Nebraska Farmer Hour also included interviews with Nebraska State FFA agents on the September 15 broadcast. On the same day, the stage saw the announcement of the new NRD Hall of Fame winners by the Nebraska Association of Natural Resources District.
Daily programs were launched from the stage throughout the show, including marketing insights sessions by Farm Futures market analysts Ben Potter and Jacqueline Holland, and a popular farm transitions workshop by the Farm Futures specialist. agricultural transition Nebraska Extension Allan Vyhnalek.