June 4, 2021
Newsletter For June 4, 2021
This Issue:
  • Nevada Department of Agriculture Begins Process For Proposed Changes On Animal Health Regulations
  • 2021 Nevada Legislative Session Closes
  • Democrats Pass Mail-In Ballot System
  • UNLV and DRI Join UNR As “Land Grant” Institutions
  • Reminder!!! Nevada Board of Agriculture Meets June 7th
  • Nevada Farm Bureau Joins All State Farm Bureaus and AFBF In Urging Action On Illegal Invasion Of Southern Border
  • Please Fit This Important Project Into Your Busy Schedules
Nevada Department of Agriculture Begins Process For Proposed Changes On Animal Health Regulations
The Nevada Department of Agriculture has launched a Small Business Impact Survey. The link will take you to the informational page of the survey. The survey can be completed by clicking next on the bottom of the page. 

The proposed change to this section of state regulations covers a wide range of animal health provisions including adjustments to brucellosis testing, health certificates and fairly major updates for trichomoniasis.

The deadline for responding to the survey is June 17th and after that initial “input” the next phase of the process will come in the form of at least one workshop for discussion, questions and more specific input.  Following the completion of the “workshop” phase, a hearing would be scheduled and conducted.

Relevant Nevada Farm Bureau Policy on these related issues include:

Disease Control:                             132                                            
We support the operation of an effective Trichomoniasis program through regulation by the Nevada Department of Agriculture and dissemination of informational education.

Nevada Farm Bureau favors mandatory brucellosis vaccination of all female breeding cattle in the state.

We urge the Nevada Department of Agriculture to notify in writing all large animal veterinarians and owners of property adjoining livestock operations where outbreaks of scabies, brucellosis, bluetongue and other quarantinable diseases have been detected.
We favor the addition of elk, moose and bison into a disease control program, operating under the Nevada Department of Agriculture. 

Nevada Farm Bureau will work with the State Veterinarian on livestock health testing issues that affect Nevada livestock operators on inter-state movement.

Livestock producers need to be kept informed of current information/research findings regarding bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and other economically-significant diseases.

Health Certificates:                134                                                      
Nevada Farm Bureau is concerned with the relative difficulty in acquiring the necessary health permits to transport livestock into or out of the state of Nevada. 

Nevada Farm Bureau requests the Department of Agriculture to coordinate with Nevada Farm Bureau in outreach efforts to educate producers on how health permits may be obtained. 
2021 Nevada Legislative Session Closes
As the clock ticked to the new month of June -- the 2021 Nevada Legislature closed, bringing an end to a session which we can only look back at with less than favorable thoughts.

Sorting through the aftermath, it is easy to see the record amounts of Farm Bureau members who participated through the Farm Bureau’s Action Request website.  The numbers of emails sent to members of the Nevada Legislature…(just under 6,200 emails sent) is very impressive and we greatly appreciate the responses that our requests for your involvement brought about.  Thank you!

We can also appreciate the votes that Legislators made in favor of the positions that Farm Bureau policy advocated.

The most notable accomplishments came in the form of proposed changes to Nevada water law, that the State Engineer sought, which didn’t gain passage.

Unfortunately, bills we didn’t agree with – sometimes in a very strong way -- did get passed and are now law (or soon will be when Governor Sisolak finishes signing the bills that were sent to him).
Democrats Pass Mail-In Ballot System
One of the bills that Nevada Farm Bureau opposed, AB 321 was passed on party line votes in both the Assembly (25 “Yes” – 16 “No” and 1 Excused Absent) and the Senate (12 “Yes” – 9 “No”).  Nevada Farm Bureau’s members showed a strong response with emails urging votes against the bill, but the majority party made the voting system what they prefer (mailing ballots to all voters) it to be by pressing their green “Yes” vote buttons.  The 76-page bill did get a last minute change at the end and now provides a 6-day vote count completion after Election Day.
UNLV and DRI Join UNR As “Land Grant” Institutions
On the last day of the 2021 Session the Assembly voted 31-11 to pass SB 287 and make the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) “Land Grant” institutions.  Farm Bureau had also opposed this change and repeated testified in opposition to the bill, expressing concerns over how neither of the two qualify as “Land Grant” given UNLV doesn’t offer any level of agricultural education and DRI doesn’t even teach a single class.  As was the case a couple of sessions ago, the votes on this matter didn’t line up on party-lines…it was all about who is from the South and who wasn’t.
Reminder!!! Nevada Board of Agriculture Meets June 7th
As reminder to the announcement we shared in last week’s newsletter, the Nevada Board of Agriculture will have their regular “summer” Board meeting on Monday, June 7th, starting at 9 a.m.  The meeting will be held at the Sparks, NV Department of Agriculture offices, with in-person engagement provided (although as per the current rule of the land…those who have not been fully vaccinated will need to wear face mask).  There is also going to be a virtual option for participants who aren’t planning to come to the meeting in person. The meeting agenda provides the necessary information to know what is planned for the meeting as well as the details to be used in making the virtual connection – if that is your preference.
Nevada Farm Bureau Joins All State Farm Bureaus and AFBF In Urging Action On Illegal Invasion Of Southern Border
Four of the most directly impacted state Farm Bureaus (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California) cooperatively have been working together to call attention to the extremely dangerous conditions that have been shaping up on the southern border of the United States/Mexico.  Along with an ongoing communications effort (Personal video stories can be found toward the bottom of the page) 
to highlight the impacts being faced by Farm Bureau members and others along the southern border, the four states called on the Farm Bureau family to join them in appealing for assistance.  The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), all 50 state Farm Bureaus and Puerto Rico Farm Bureau joined together in a letter sent to Homeland Security Secretary, Alejardro Mayorkas; Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack; and, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland urging attention and assistance in responding to the surge of illegal migrants invading the United States. This article offers an overview of the letter and also provides a link to use in reading a copy of the letter that was sent, making the request for assistance.
Please Fit This Important Project Into Your Busy Schedules
Summer is definitely a hectic time of the year with all sorts of “Must-Do” work.  Earlier this work the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) shared a policy bulletin that highlights the next phase of tax increases working through the process in Washington, D.C.  Recently the U.S. Treasury Department presented the formal documentation for their Fiscal Year 2022 revenue proposals.  This came as part of the Biden Administration’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year.

Most of the details have already been on the table since the Biden crew released the “American Jobs Act” and the “American Families Plan”.

Some of the details that are covered include:

  •  Increase the top individual tax rate to 39.6 percent, up from the current level of 37 percent.  This would take effect on Jan. 2022.  The rates start at $509,300 for married couples and $452,700 for singles and would pass through to what businesses pay (sole proprietors, partnerships and S corporations).
  • When a taxpayer’s income from all sources (including capital gains income) exceeds $1 million, any capital gains income in excess of the total $1 million income would be at individual income rates.  Capital gains that are part of the total income that is less than $1 million would continue to be taxed at current capital gains rates.  These taxes would be retroactive to April 28, 2021.
  •  Capital gains would be taxed at death, thereby eliminating the step up in basis. There is a $1 million per person/$2 million per couple exclusion with step up in basis for assets under the threshold.  Transfers to a spouse or charity would not be taxed, but step up in basis is not allowed.  Fractional assets would be taxed at fair market value, disallowing valuation discounts.  Gains on transfers into and out of a partnership would be recognized and would be taxed.  These provisions would take effect January 2022.
  • The current $250,000/$500,000 exclusion for a principal residence would continue.
  • Taxes of certain family-owned and operated businesses would not be due until the business is sold or the business is no longer family owned.  A 15-year payment plan would be possible.  This is also proposed to be effective January 2022.
  • The proposal would limit “1031 like kind exchanges” to $500,000 per individual/$1 million per couple, per year – effective January 2022.

This personal story that impacted a family in North Carolina is driving home the message on how important reaching out to our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. is.

We also greatly appreciate these background papers which offer good information on what we need to be able to use in understanding the specifics – then communicating with those in Washington, D.C.:

Have a wonderful weekend!