State Policy

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.

Federal Policy

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