Agriculture is the backbone of Nebraska’s economy; it is our number one economic driver. As such it is incumbent upon the state of Nebraska to sustain and grow and protect this essential industry and way-of-life. From research at our universities to building roads and bridges to investments in the next generation of farmers and ranchers, we must be prepared to compete in the global marketplace.
And while much of our country’s farm policy is formulated at the federal level, the Krist-Walz administration will be a strong advocate for agriculture and rural Nebraska at the state level. Their agenda includes the following:
Fix the property tax problem. Property taxes are out of control and the current administration has failed to address the issue. We must restore state funding for education and cut the property tax.
Oppose the Trump trade war. Nothing is more dangerous to Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers than a trade war that reduces our exports and lowers commodity prices. Krist-Walz will speak out forcefully when actions by the President threaten our livelihood and economic future.
Promote and support renewable fuel standards. They are good for the environment, good Nebraska’s economy, and provide thousands of jobs here in Nebraska.
Expand and improve rural broadband. Without broadband connections to the world, the capacity of rural Nebraska to grow is reduced and the quality of life is diminished. From health care to manufacturing, and everything in between, rural broadband is essential to agriculture and rural Nebraska’s future.
Prepare now for the impact of climate change. We need to look at how changes in our weather patterns may affect our farm economy, and develop alternative plans for a more arid and warmer environment.
Promote alternative cash crops. We need to “think outside the box” and look for ways that alternative cash crops can become a viable source of income and serve as an alternative to the standard rotation of crops
Fight for federal policies that will expand markets and for Nebraska’s farm product both at home and abroad.
Focus on transportation issues (like roads, bridges and railroad crossings) that impact the capacity of our farmers and ranchers to efficiently deliver their product to the market, create safety hazards, or impact future economic development.