April 30, 2021
Newsletter For April 30, 2021
This Issue:
  • Hearing Set For Bill To Change Membership Of Nevada Board of Ag?
  • Nevada Farm Bureau Testifies For Amendment On Cage-Free Eggs
  • Push Continues To Address The Economic Consequences Of Removing Stepped-Up Basis
  • Biden Administration Efforts To “Conserve” 30 x 30 Causing Very Real Issues Of Concern
Hearing Set For Bill To Change Membership Of Nevada Board of Ag?
The Assembly Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a Monday, May 3rd hearing on SB 54, as amended. Nevada Farm Bureau opposed the bill when it was heard by the Senate Natural Resources and offered an amendment that sought to enhance the authority of the Board of Agriculture to have the opportunity for review and consideration of all regulations related to the programs and laws that are within the scope of the Nevada Department of Agriculture.  That amendment was not supported by the Department of Agriculture and was not added to the bill when it was sent forward by the majority party of the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

Although there are some improvements from the original version of the original legislation, covering the designation of representatives from different sectors, there are still reasons for opposition to this proposal and Nevada Farm Bureau will continue to oppose the bill.  Along with the reduction in the number of representatives who have connection to cattle grazing on semi-range or range, the addition of a representative who is a nutritionist associated with supplemental distribution of food has no context for regulations or policies which the Board of Agriculture can affect. 

Perhaps the most fundamental reason for how we’re viewing the bill is that it came about through the Department of Agriculture initiating the bill and bringing it forward through the Governor’s approval for a pre-filed bill.  Farm Bureau policy views the Board of Agriculture as having the authority and responsibility for directing the Department.  This bill raises the question of why a Department should be able to seek a change in their governing board without gaining formal approval from the Board before taking the legislation into the Legislative process.

Last week we provided the email addresses of the committee for your possible use.  We strongly encourage you to communicate your views regarding SB 54 with members of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee…


Along with sharing your opinion to the members of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, who encourage you to include Nevada Farm Bureau as a cc: to your email, sending that copy to doug@nvfb.org
Nevada Farm Bureau Testifies For Amendment On Cage-Free Eggs
Nevada Farm Bureau was granted the limited ability to enter the Legislative Building on April 27 and was able to testify in person before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee when they held a hearing on Amended AB 399. This bill is the “cage-free” egg bill that passed the Nevada Assembly.

Nevada Farm Bureau has been opposing the bill, but has been working to get a carve-out to protect Nevada’s backyard and small farm flock of hens and egg production.  The amendment that we have been working on was brought before the Senate Committee and Farm Bureau’s testimony said that adoption of the amendment would cause Farm Bureau to move to a neutral position on the bill.  This amendment will provide a 3,000 hen exemption from being required to be certified.  
Push Continues To Address The Economic Consequences Of Removing Stepped-Up Basis
Efforts by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) to activate Farm Bureau members in making critical connection with their members of Congress seems to be having some effect…the response from Farm Bureau members using the Farm Bureau Action Request platform to send emails to members of Congress has been setting all-time records.  Hopefully, if you haven’t participated in this Action Request you will make the time to click and let our elected representatives know of how important the matter is.

This recent article puts into context the ramifications for the proposal to erase the considerations for the Stepped-Up Basis.  AFBF President Zippy Duvall also weighed in with his perspective on the impact this significant tax increase will have on family farms and ranches.
Biden Administration Efforts To “Conserve” 30 x 30 Causing Very Real Issues Of Concern
At the state level, AJR 3 was heard by the Senate Natural Resources Committee this past week.

The coordinated effort to sway Americans to believe that the initiative of “conserving” lands and water comes down to someone of being honest enough to actually define what “conserving” means.  As part of his January 27th Executive Order 14008 President Biden got the commotion started, providing the theme for advocates of those who like to see government control land and water away from use to rally around their shrine.  It also has made it clear to those who support private property rights and multiple use of federal lands to anxiously await the devil(s) located in the details… 

While we probably have lots of good reason to believe (based on lots of examples) that there is a reason for the warm and fuzzy – without details approach shouldn’t be trusted.  Pressing this point the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) made the effort ”) to directly confront the White House with a point blank question on what the President’s intentions are and make it clear where Farm Bureau is thinking.
Have a great weekend!