Nebraska Farm Bureau wants property tax reform this session more than a Right to Farm constitutional amendment.
Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president, says helping farmers and ranchers who are struggling with finances is more important. He does not oppose Right to Farm, but says it is too complex to finalize this year.
“It’s a huge issue. There are lots of components there,” Nelson told reporters at a news conference. “We’d be happy to talk about that more at some other time as far as all of the details related to that, but with the short amount of time that’s left in this legislature, we need to concentrate on property tax.”
Nelson says some of the issues with Right to Farm may not need to be put into the constitution, so careful consideration is needed.
“Where that has been talked about in other states, those leaders in those other states have urged us to take extreme caution as we move forward, to make sure that we have the wording, the language correct,” Nelson said.
The Right to Farm amendment seeks to protect the rights of farmers and ranchers by preventing the state legislature from passing new regulations affecting agriculture without a compelling state interest.
The Nebraska Cattlemen Association wants Right to Farm in the constitution to protect against those who attack agriculture.
Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen has said the measure is a bad idea that helps larger agricultural operations at the expense of smaller ones.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:37]