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2014 Ag. Policies Decided in Kearney This Week

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Water funding, property taxes and new technology are all hot topic in agriculture today.

Nebraska farmers are getting the chance to weigh in on some of these issues as delegates from the Nebraska Farm Bureau meet in Kearney this week. They plan to vote on key issues, like finding ways to balance property taxes with sales and income taxes.

Policy isn't the only item on the agenda. The delegates want to create new opportunities to educate people about the value of agriculture.

Steve Nelson of the Nebraska Farm Bureau said, "The most important task that we do have, is to work on policy and this creates the policy for Nebraska Farm Bureau for the upcoming year."

He said the policy is created by the members and delegates at the meeting, and what is decided this week in Kearney is "the policy that as a president or as a board of directors we implement throughout the year."

Deanna Karmazin from the NE Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture said it's all about raising awareness and interest throughout the community.

Karmazin said, "A whole bunch of different programs and educational events that go out and spread the message, whether it is in the classroom, it's a day on the farm, it's a farm tour, just any way we can expose people to agriculture."

The Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture hosted its first fundraising event Monday night.

The annual meeting will continue Tuesday with a visit from Governor Dave Heineman.

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