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. Review the various roles and partnerships across state agency lines regarding this ag activity.
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.
NDA 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 proposals and policies that provide significant relief and reform of Nebraska’s property tax system as it pertains to agriculture properties.
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.
Beginning Farmer Program – Support a review of the current Nebraska Beginning Farmer Program and evaluate its effectiveness as it relates to swine production.
Broadband – Support initiatives that bring affordable high speed internet access to all parts of Nebraska, including areas where swine production facilities are located.
Presidential Appointments – Encourage the current administration to as quickly as possible fill open cabinet, agency and state department positions, particularly in those areas that Nebraska pork producers rely on for guidance, promotion, and oversite of their industry (EPA, USDA, FDA, Trade, etc.).
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. Support VISA reform pertaining to full-time ag workers.
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. Preserve agreements such as NAFTA and KORUS which support pork trade. Encourage immediate action on bi-lateral trade agreements which open markets for our pork products.
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 pertaining to the e-log hours of service rules.
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, Executive Director, 320-894-7088