Ag Conference to Look at State Tax Policy


The Nebraska AgRelations Council will be holding a conference early next month with a specials focus on state tax policy and its affects on agriculture in Nebraska.

The Ag at the Crossroads conference is scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Lancaster Event Center. The all day event will feature speakers from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the state Legislature, and others.

Registration opens at 8 a.m., with the conference lasting until 4 p.m. The $40 registration fee includes all sessions and a lunch break.

Below is a schedule of the day's sessions:

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration -- Coffee and Rolls8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Rural Nebraska Views of Public Services and Public Finances
Brad Lubben, UNL Ag Economics Department9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Understanding Public Finance
John Alexander and Eric Thompson, UNL Economics Department10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Break10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Following the State Budget...Where the Tax Money Goes
Michael Calvert, Legislative Fiscal Analyst11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Following the Money on the Local Level
Larry Dix, Executive Director, Nebraska Association of County Officials12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Perspectives of Public Finance in Nebraska
Lieutenant Governor, Lavon Heideman1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Overview of Legislative Appropriations
Senator Heath Mello, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Insights from the Tax Modernization Committee
Senator Pete Pirsch, Member of the Tax Modernization Committee2:45 - 3:00 p.m.Break3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Panel of Previous Speakers .... Questions and Answers3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Visions of the Rural Futures Institute
Mark Gustafson, Interim Director of the Rural Futures Institute

For more information or to register for the conference, go to