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Farmers share top concerns for their operation, industry

Tax policy, conservation efforts and input costs are some of the top concerns for growers attending this year’s Husker Harvest Days.

Every year presents its own unique set of challenges for farmers.  

South Central Nebraska farmer and the state’s Corn Growers Association President Andy Jobman tells Brownfield he’s still concerned about the elimination of stepped-up basis, even though the House Ways and Means Committee has dropped it from its proposals. “When you make it impossible to send these assets to one generation to the next that’s coming up, you’re going to lost that,” Jobman says. “You’re going to lose all of that talent, you’re going to lose families and you’re going to lose another of generation from the farm and look at further consolidation.”

Farmer and Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue says revisiting the Waters of the U.S. rule could leave farmers with less ag land production. “For Merrick County, when water tables are really high, we get a big a rain, ditches are full of water and the ends of the field are full of water – again, it would be devastating.”            

Kerry McPheeters grows corn and soybeans near Gothenburg and tells Brownfield next year’s input costs are already affecting how he will manage his operation. “Ya know it’s a little scary to get bids for next year and also with that hoping there’s not supply shortages that affect us as far as price and straight availability.”

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