Nebraska Farmers Union State Convention: Property taxes, renewable energy top agenda

By Robert Pore, The Grand Island Independent

State tax reform and renewable energy are topics this weekend for the 104th Nebraska Farmers Union State Convention at the Hotel Grand in Grand Island. “Harnessing the Power of Cooperation Since 1913” is the convention’s theme . . . [Nebraska Farmers Union President John] Hansen said wind energy and ethanol are value-added, renewable energy-based opportunities. They use natural resources and agricultural commodities available or grown in Nebraska. The state has more than a $7 billion investment in ethanol and wind energy resources. “It is not the total answer, but it is a big deal,” Hansen said. “It is a tremendous opportunity that stares us in the face in a time of great financial need.” He said the continued economic crisis is driving families off farms and ranches. It is also causing rural communities to lose population. Read more here.

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