Topics will be wide-ranging during stops at six cities across Nebraska.
Nebraska Cattlemen Legislative Affairs Director Laura Field expects a lot of questions about why the legislature hasn’t eased property taxes for ranchers.
“We realized it’s going to take millions and millions and millions and hundreds of millions of dollars to come up with a long-term solution to some of the property tax problems, but the frustration really comes in the fact that we’re not even really seeming to take very many first steps,” Field tells Nebraska Radio Network during a cell phone interview on the way to the first meeting in Bridgeport.
One topic more important to some cattle producers than others will be discussed this week: branding regulations.
Members will also be advised on how to get active and shape Nebraska Cattlemen policy.
Time will be set aside for those attending the meeting to ask questions of the Nebraska Cattlemen staff.
The educational road trips began last year. They proved successful, according to Field, leading to this second year. The trips cover the same geographic area, but Field says the group has scheduled the meetings for different cities than those they visited a year ago.
Field expects worries about federal regulations to be a concern of beef producers, especially the controversial Waters of the United States proposal by the EPA.
“Always a concern with what’s going on there that could get passed down in regulations that could affect the state in a lot of different ways,” according to Field.
Meetings began in Bridgeport. They continue in Thedford, Lexington, Deshler, York, and West Point.
For a full schedule click here to be directed to the Nebraska Cattlemen web site.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]