Major Livestock Zoning Victory in Nebraska

The Nebraska legislature debated and moved a much-diluted version of LB 106, the Livestock Operation Siting and Expansion Act, forward in April. The Center, along with Nebraska Farmers Union, county commissioners and zoning administrators, and rural people like you vehemently opposed the original bill. This is a major victory for our counties and small towns.

LB 106 as originally proposed would have been used to concentrate livestock production and threaten our quality of life in rural Nebraska. It called for creation of a statewide matrix for siting and expanding livestock facilities. Local control would have been forfeited – eliminating a county’s right to determine for themselves land use and planning decisions.

The current bill allows the Department of Agriculture to create a statewide matrix. It does not force counties to use the matrix, leaving intact local control.

Efforts of Senators Bloomfield, Davis, Sullivan, Schnoor, Kuehn, and Chambers are to be commended. Their leadership drove the debate.

The heavily amended version of LB 106 passed the first reading of the bill (General File) without a dissenting vote. It will now advance to Select File for another vote later in the session.

Your calls and emails to senators made the difference in the debate! Keep them coming as we move onto the next battle to defeat LB 176, which would lift our ban on packer ownership of hogs.

Contact me, Traci Bruckner, tracib@cfra.org or 402.687.2100 to learn how you can make a difference.