Community Colleges and Workforce Development – Support programs and facilities which provide specialized workforce training and development of workers needed in the swine industry and Nebraska agriculture in general.
Livestock and Rural Economic Development – Encourage livestock facility development and value added processing growth in rural areas of Nebraska helping to increase the tax base and economic activity of our local communities.
Siting Matrix Promotion – Supportive of the recently implemented Nebraska Animal Feeding Operation Siting Matrix and encourage its adaption by counties as well as use by producers.
Nebraska Department of Ag Budget/Promote Certified Pork from Nebraska – Support current funding levels of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture general fund budget in the areas of animal health, trade promotion, and Nebraska Certified Pork program development.
Property Tax – Support the Nebraska Ag Leaders Working Group Joint Position Statement on Property Taxes (dated December 2, 2016).
Right-to-Farm – Support the Nebraska Ag Leaders Working Group Joint Position Statement on Right-to-Farm policy (dated May 31, 2016).
Research Funding for Land Grant Universities – Support strong agriculture research programs and funding for basic research at our land grant university and for applied research by our university extension service.
FSIS Inspections at Pork Processing Facilities – Support current PQA Plus and TQA standards for pigs delivered to livestock processing facilities rather than individual USDA inspector interpretations which can vary by plant.
Congressional Review Act – Encourage use of the Congressional Review Act by the incoming congress to review rules affecting pork producers.
Immigration – Support access to a legal immigrant workforce through a streamlined year-round visa application process and a “common sense” path to citizenship for those workers already here in our country.
Mandatory Price Reporting – Support the 5-year re-authorization of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act in order to provide for timely and accurate price information and a competitive pork market.
Trade – Support free trade agreements that eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers on U.S. pork shipments that result in additional exports and an increase in domestic jobs.
Transportation and Infrastructure Funding – Support additional resources to expand 10-ton roads and bridges in our farm-to-market transportation system and encourage universal broadband development policies for our farms and rural communities.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – Consider the unique situation of livestock haulers when promulgating rules and regulations related to commercial truckers and roadway safety.
WOTUS – Encourage congress and the administration to withdraw the current WOTUS rule and work with affected stakeholders, including farmers, to develop a new rule that is workable to all affected parties.
Farm Bill – Support a Farm Bill that maintains the U.S. pork industry’s competitiveness, including:
1. Full funding for a Foot and Mouth (FMD) vaccine bank
2. A Livestock Insurance Package
3. Resources for beginning farmers
4. A strong Rural Development infrastructure program
5. A workable nutrition title
6. Full research funding for our Land Grant Universities
7. Rural Energy for America (REAP) resources
8. A reliable safety net for our farmers via Crop Insurance
For additional information contact: Al Juhnke at 320-894-7088