Did you miss the Road Trip this year? Here is what we discussed:

Topics for the 2018 Road Trip Included:

  •  Legislative Update: Laura Field, NC VP of Legislative Affairs gave a legislative update on the 2018 Road Trip. She summarized the 2018 session and discussed actions over the interim and looking ahead to the 2019 session.Not surprising, the topic of tax reform dominated the discussion.  In 2018, the NC Board of directors gave direction on potential legislation to address high property taxes in Nebraska.  NC policy guides positions on legislation, and the following are guidelines NC recommends be considered for future legislation regarding property tax relief and reform.The NC Board of Directors supports a long-term strategy for reducing the burden on agricultural property tax payers that may include:
      • Increasing and protecting the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund and only repurposing it if additional relief is passed in addition to its current level ($224 million);
      • Modifications to school funding that reduces the reliance on property tax dollars locally and increases overall state dollars for K-12 education while still ensuring a high-quality education for all Nebraska students;
      • Implementing a refundable tax credit based on the amount of property taxes paid;
      • Shifting the current tax burden or modifying/increasing existing revenues to bring dollar for dollar property tax reductions;
      • Lowering/capping agricultural valuations of real property;
      • Spending restraints and prudent management at all levels of government; and
      • Defeating efforts that further burden
        property tax payers in Nebraska.
  • Environmental Issues Update: NC Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs Jessie Herrmann discussed various federal issues, including the following:
    • State environmental issues, including working with NDEQ on the Livestock Environmental Management Survey, which gathered input on producers’ experience with the NDEQ permitting process;
    • Interim legislative hearing to examine issues relating to the spread of Eastern Redcedar;
    • Update on agriculture’s new exemption on federal air emissions reporting
    • Recent developments on the Electronic Logging Device mandate (ELD) and federal hours of service (HOS) regulations.  Reminder, livestock haulers are exempt from the ELD mandate through September 30, 2018.  NC is working on a long-term delay and ultimate fix to HOS regulations that will provide greater flexibility for the livestock industry and mitigate animal welfare concerns
  •  Secure Beef  Supply Plan: Melody Benjamin, NC VP of Membership Services gave an update on the Secure Beef Supply Plan and discussed Animal Disease Traceability.  To learn more about the Secure Beef Supply plan you can view their website at Securebeef.org. To learn more about Foot and Mouth Disease visit Footandmouthdiseaseinfo.org
  • Animal Disease Traceability.  Is it time?
    • Several states have implemented mandatory ID systems for their states
    • USDA doesn’t have the funds to indemnify producers in big outbreaks
    • States and producers need to take a bigger role
    • Trace-outs and testing is expensive for states and producers

Special Thank’s to all of our sponsors: Allflex USA – Aurora Cooperative – Neogen GeneSeek Operations – Burwell Cattlemen Association – Great Western Bank – The Tri-County Bank – Flatwater Veterinary Services, LLC – Cappel Sales, Inc.- Stroup Feedyard – Gifford & Cox – Lincoln County Feedyard – Stockman’s Veterinary Clinic – Rocky Mountain Financial Group – Homestead Bank of St. Paul – New Balance Commodities – Pathway Bank – Cattlemen’s Nutrition Service – Settje Agri Services & Engineering – Lancaster/Seward Co. Cattlemen – Farmers Cooperative, Dorchester