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We Support Agriculture (WSA), a coalition comprised of the Nebraska Cattlemen Association, Nebraska State Dairy Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Nebraska Pork Producers Association, and Nebraska Poultry Industries, Inc., represents livestock producers who recognize their obligation to provide for the well-being of their animals and to raise them in a humane and compassionate manner. The coalition continues to work to increase the understanding of and appreciation for animal agriculture and modern production practices, and to bring transparency to entities with agendas which ignore science and threaten farm families, global consumers, our way of life, and Nebraska’s economy.


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Agriculture, being the top industry in Nebraska, is vital to the state’s economic success. One out of every four jobs is affiliated with agriculture. Livestock production annually contributes billions of dollars to Nebraska’s economic well-being. Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers are responsible, caring individuals and families who utilize best practices in maintaining the welfare of their animals. Producers and consumers must be made aware of the deceptive and damaging activities of extreme animal rights groups.

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WSA was all over the Capitol this week for committee hearings. WSA testified along with several other agriculture groups against LB1022 which would impose a tax on irrigated acres. WSA testified in support of a single provision of a larger drone bill that would penalize individuals who whose drones to harass someone else’s livestock. WSA also testified in opposition to a bill that would have created a crime for restraining animals outside during severe weather events. While LB892 only applied to pets WSA felt it important to engage with committee members on how agriculture cares for the well-being of our livestock.
WSA has been working to move bills out of committee and find a path forward. Next week the legislature will move to full days of floor debate. Due to time constraints in a short session, it is very unlikely that a bill without a priority designation will be heard on the floor.

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WSA congratulates Senator Deb Fischer who was named Chair of the Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security Subcommittee on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. We know her background in the livestock industry will be an asset in this position. Congrats!

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Here is nice editorial about the commitment to livestock development.

This week WSA testified on LB976, a bill that would direct the Beginning Farmer Board to submit a report to the Legislature and the Director of Agriculture about the net worth limitation of the program. Other beginning farmer and rancher programs in Nebraska and across the country have significantly higher net worth limitations. WSA supports evaluating whether adjustments are needed to Nebraska's net worth limitation to be more in line with the costs of doing business in agriculture today.

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ATTENTION ALL PIG FARMERS...The Nebraska Pork Producers Association Annual Meeting is on Tuesday February 13th in Lincoln. FREE program and meals. Go here to register:

http://www.nepork.org/event/annual-meeting-2/

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