Key changes would be made in what’s known as the state’s corn checkoff, under legislation before the Unicameral.
Senator Tyson Larson, of O’Neill, says his bill (LB-354) would reform the checkoff and how the Nebraska Corn Board administers the dollars it takes in.
“Corn farmers right now pay a mandatory half-cent tax per bushel yet it’s still up to the governor who serves them on that corn board and that corn board has essentially no oversight from corn farmers,” Larson says. “To me, that is just wrong.”
Larson says producers need to have more influence in how those checkoff dollars are used.
“We need to make sure those who are paying the tax have the ability to elect corn board members, have a right to a refund if they disagree with what the corn board is doing and have a say in where their tax dollars are going,” he says.
While Larson authored the bill, another senator has selected the measure as his priority bill for the session. That means it will be guaranteed a floor hearing.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton