A proposal to ask Nebraska voters to place a right to farm in the state constitution has failed this session after farm groups failed to back it.
Sen. John Kuehn of Heartwell, sponsor of the Right to Farm resolution, questions whether the Nebraska Farm Bureau reflects its membership in staying neutral on the measure.
“And that’s something that certainly over the interim I think we’re all going to have to examine with regard to Farm Bureau’s real ability to represent agriculture in the state of Nebraska,” Kuehn tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I think that’s certainly come into question in this measure.”
But, Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson says members didn’t support it and the bureau stayed neutral after talking with its counterparts in North Dakota and Missouri after those states approved similar measures.
“They’ve expressed to us to be extremely cautious, particularly in the wording of the constitutional amendment,” Nelson tells Nebraska Radio Network.
President John Hansen of the Nebraska Farmers Union certainly questions the wording.
“When you get down to the practical part of how this would work there is a whole host of unanswered questions,” according to Hansen.
Kuehn voluntarily decided to table LR 378 CA for the session after concluding he didn’t have the votes needed to end a filibuster against it and move to a vote.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]