Senator Al Davis of Hyannis, who sits on the panel, says they’ll hear testimony from ranchers and other interested parties about modifying fees charged by the Nebraska Brand Committee.
“It will be focusing on how the funding will take place in the future,” Davis says. “This last year, we did raise the maximum per head inspection fee to $1.10 from 85-cents. We don’t actually set the fees, the brand committee does, but there was a cap placed and it was 75-cents and now it’s gone up to $1.10.”
Davis says part of the discussion will center on whether registered feedlots should be assessed fees in a different manner than non-registered feedlots, sale barns and private ranch sales.
“Some entities thought that the registered feed lot fees were too high and wanted to see a modification of those,” Davis says. “I think that’s probably going to be the rest of the discussion that takes place in Grand Island.”
Davis says it’s important that those effected by the brand fees make their views known by testifying at the hearing.
“On the west side of that line, you have to have those cattle inspected in order to move them off your place and there’s a fee associated with that,” Davis says. “However the registered feed lot fee, whether it stays the same, which is a function of the per-head inspection fee on the ranch or whether it becomes something totally different, will result in probably significant increases in fees for other types of inspections.”
The public hearing will start at 11 A.M. Friday at the Grand Island city council chambers.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton