The 2012 session of the Nebraska Legislature was relatively quiet for agriculture, but senators did pass several bills important to farmers and ranchers. As in 2011, budget and tax issues dominated the action. Craig Head, Nebraska Farm Bureau Vice President of Issue Management, gives a recap of this year’s session.
The state’s fiscal picture was a little better this year, but there wasn’t a lot of money available for new programs – and a lot of competition for it. One of the big issues was obtaining funding for the Veterinary Diagnostic Center on East Campus. Craig tells us more.
Senators also approved a sales tax exemption for biochips, which are used in genetic analysis of livestock. LB 830 was introduced because Gene Seek might relocate to another state that doesn’t tax the chips. Craig expands on this bill.
Nebraska’s corn and wheat checkoffs were another big topic of discussion and these two research and promotion checkoffs will see some changes this year.
A full recap of the legislative session will be available in the Farm Bureau News newspaper which can be found on www.nefb.org.