September 17, 2014

State’s cattle producers encouraged to attend meetings to learn, sound off

The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association is holding a series of meetings around the state this week to get input from its members on various state and federal issues and concerns. The association’s legislative director Laura Field says they’re making seven stops for meetings.

Field says, “We’re going to talk about some issues with animal health and what’s the current status with foot and mouth disease as far as the rules at the federal level with the importation of beef from Brazil and how it could affect us if it gets in the state.”

Property taxes will also be a topic of conversation.

“Our real goal around that is to talk about how our members at the local level can have an impact on those discussions in county commission meetings and school board meetings,” Field says. “We’ll also help to make sure you’re reading your property tax statements correctly and also tell them what we see coming at the state legislature.”

Field says they’ll also discuss the EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule and their group’s opposition to it.

After meetings on Monday in Alliance and North Platte, more meetings are scheduled today in Cambridge and Fairbury, on Wednesday in Wahoo and Norfolk, and on Thursday in Bloomfield.

For more details, go to the website: www.nebraskacattlemen.org

By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton