Leaders from six Nebraska agricultural groups are joining forces to identify and focus on key issues needed to keep the state’s agriculture strong into the future.
Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association president Barb Cooksley says the groups have a lot in common and similar interests on issues but will remain autonomous in making decisions.
“A lot of Cattlemen members are corn growers and they’ll pay a corn checkoff,” Cooksley says. “They’re invested in other organizations and Farm Bureau, you have dual memberships in a lot of organizations. It just made sense for us to come together and talk about how we do business.”
Cooksley, of Custer County, says members of the group met with Governor Pete Ricketts last week to discuss several issues, including the future of property tax reform efforts.
“Moving forward, we’ll be looking at stopping any extra government overreach,” Cooksley says. “We’re very blessed in this state. We’ve got good agencies that understand what we do but anything he can do at the federal level to help us continue to do our jobs safely.”
She says the coalition also wants to proactively educate and communicate with consumers. The groups also agreed future efforts to enact Right to Farm protections should not be in the form of a constitutional amendment.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX