Nebraska Farm Bureau Wants to Change 'Right to Farm' Measure

February 24, 2016 02:30 PM

One of Nebraska's largest farm groups says it wants to change a ballot proposal that would guarantee farming and ranching rights in the state constitution.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation says it will recommend that lawmakers place the "right to farm" measure in state statute rather than the constitution.

If approved by lawmakers, the measure by Sen. John Kuehn of Heartwell would appear on the November general election ballot for voters to approve or reject.

Nebraska Farm Bureau lobbyist Bruce Rieker says the current proposal doesn't clearly define "agriculture," and placing it in the constitution would leave it up to the courts to interpret instead of the Legislature. In addition, he says opponents of the ballot measure might bombard voters with "misinformation" about modern agriculture.

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Spell Check

Ed George
Lincoln, NE
2/25/2016 11:11 AM

  After hearing testimony at the Nebraska Capital listening to testimony during the Agriculture Committee by all the supporters of the "right to farm" proposal, I am PROUD OF MY FARMING FAMILY AND FARM BACKGROUND. I am a retired but not tired agronomist (you may ask what is an agronomist?) That term is an individual knowledgeable about soils, water, crops, diseases, insects, genetics, economics and crop production practices. Farmers and ranchers in today's occupation have to be knowledgeable about global issues of trade, finance, environmental issues, conservation of natural resources of water and soil, climatic factors, how their farms and ranches can contribute to feeding the world with healthy food for the needy and still after all those considerations make the best decisions for their family's future. Farmers and ranchers have to make land use management decisions from January to December what to grow, how to grow that commodity, when to market and where to market that commodity and be stewards of the land. Unfortunately there are fewer individuals young to seniors that understand all the factors and issues facing individuals of this earth. Who will be the next generation using the land when youngsters from the land leave the family farm not intending to return but to visit family farmers and ranchers? I hope youth will be educated, be interested in visiting farms and ranchers with enthusiasm and energy to consider the opportunities to be a PROUD FARMER OR RANCHER. FFA school chapters across America are a tremendous opportunity supported by school administrators, school boards and residents of the schools to invest in providing agriculture education. Yet there is a shortage of EDUCATORS TRAINED TO TEACH AGRICULTURE EDUCATION WITH MORE SCHOOLS WANTING OFFER THAT CURRICULUM. Today's opportunities are tomorrows future?


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