Farm Policy News

From the desk of the executive director: The president, rural voters and our future

Rural voters had a moment following last fall’s election. The national media showed up in force seeking to understand them. Enough rural voters had switched party allegiance to account for Trump’s victory over Clinton in several key Midwest and Rust Belt states. 

Frustration over the economic plight facing their community drove many of these voters. For our readers and those who have studied rural issues for decades, this may come as little surprise. 

Center comments on Farmer Fair Practice Rules

The Center for Rural Affairs has been engaged in supporting rural communities for over forty years, and we have many longstanding farmer and rancher supporters. We know that independent livestock and poultry producers play an important role in rural economies. We see the lack of economic opportunity for smaller livestock and poultry operations as posing major economic, environmental, and health problems for all of America, and particularly for rural America.

We applaud the positive impact that these rules will have for the poultry, hog, and cattle industries, and our supporters are particularly concerned with the positive impact it will have on the hog industry. 

Center joins property tax reform and education coalition

As the Nebraska Legislature continues with its session, there have been many tax reform bills introduced by senators and our governor. At the Center for Rural Affairs, we believe in a more balanced tax system for Nebraska taxpayers. When I think of what makes rural Nebraska thrive, I think back to my hometown. I think about the public school that directed me through my young life and the determined property owners, farmers and small business owners who line the town square.

Want to have an impact on the livestock industry? There's still time to raise your voice

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published three long-awaited rules in December that would level the playing field for poultry and livestock producers. Officials will accept comments until March 24.

If you care about economic opportunity in rural America and if you care about our poultry and livestock producers, now is the time to raise your voice and submit a comment. This is a chance not to be missed.

Proposed rules

We described the provisions of the three rules previously on our blog.

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