With glaring issues like the rising price of commodities, increasing land prices and the threat of anti-animal agriculture groups, it’s hard to believe farmers and ranchers are succeeding today. But, Nebraska farmers and ranchers, like Tim Scheer of St. Paul, Neb., are doing just that. Scheer runs a small, diverse operation outside of St. Paul with his wife Amy and their three children.
Along with raising crops, they run cow-calf pairs and background calves. He’s also a crop insurance adjuster. Scheer grew up on the farm and always had a passion for agriculture. “I see the importance of what agriculture is to our society, to our world and to feeding the world’s population,” Scheer said.
In the past, Scheer has been the president of his local County Farm Bureau in Howard County and currently serves on the Nebraska Farm Bureau State Legislative Policy Committee (SLPC). Members of SLPC do not have voting rights in Nebraska Farm Bureau and volunteer their time to be better informed about why each resolution has been proposed. Taking into consideration the discussions which occurred, the committee subsequently drafts formal policy recommendations, which are submitted to the House of Delegates for its approval at the state annual meeting in December. He’s been involved with various aspects of other committees throughout the years and currently serves as the chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board.
When asked what Nebraska Farm Bureau does for him, Scheer said “Farm Bureau represents us at a state and national level on issues concerning my farm and other operations across the state. On the county level, it’s provided me a great opportunity to network with other county members and talk about issues that affect all of us.”
He also described the importance of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s work on issues affecting agriculture and how they give farmers and ranchers a broader view of what’s going on.
Scheer discussed some of the issues that are affecting not only his area, but agriculture in general. He says it will be interesting to see what happens with the rapid increase of commodity and land prices as well as regulations, both farm and non-farm, in the future. On the state level, the threat of the Humane Society of the United States could be a big issue in upcoming years.
To deal with those issues, Scheer said involvement with organizations like Nebraska Farm Bureau, the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association is key. When it comes to the increase in commodity and land prices, being conservative and taking a long-term look at things can help.
Scheer’s said his favorite part of agriculture is: “I enjoy the livestock the most out of anything. Anything with cows and calving…it’s fulfilling.”
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