Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation - PAC Endorses Pete Ricketts for Governor
LINCOLN, NEB. – Pete Ricketts has received the official “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s political action committee. Ricketts is the Republican Party candidate seeking to win the Nov. 4 General election for Governor.
“Nebraska needs leaders who understand the importance of agriculture to our state’s economy and the importance of keeping farmers and ranchers on the land. Pete Ricketts shares that vision and because of that we are pleased to support him for Governor,” said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president.
According to Nelson, Ricketts’ policy platforms match well with Nebraska Farm Bureau’s key policy issues, particularly tax policy.
“The property tax burden on Nebraska farm and ranch families is not sustainable. We need meaningful tax reform that provides a balanced approach to funding local schools and local government. Pete Ricketts understands the inequities in our property tax system and we believe he’ll lead on this issue,” said Nelson.
Ricketts has also championed other agriculture policies supported by Farm Bureau members.
“Pete has been successful in business because he understands when opportunities exist. There is a world of opportunity to grow Nebraska’s agriculture economy in a way that will keep younger generations coming back to the farm. That means creating a climate that encourages growth in our livestock farming sector and growth in biofuel businesses; and working to build markets for agriculture commodities. Pete Ricketts understands those opportunities and he’ll move our state in the right direction in those areas,” said Nelson.
“He also knows that water resources are critical to agriculture and he’s committed to working for policies that will keep water available to meet the needs of all Nebraskans, including farmers and ranchers” said Nelson.
Farm Bureau’s process for making endorsements is a grassroots process determined solely from input from County Farm Bureaus.
“Pete was the clear-cut choice of our County Farm Bureaus. To his credit, he’s worked very hard to get to know the challenges that face farm and ranch families and to build relationships with Farm Bureau members across our state. That was evident in the selection process. We are proud to lend our support to Pete Ricketts in his bid for Governor and we look forward to working with him in that capacity,” Nelson said.