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Nebraska Ban on Packer Ownership of Livestock is Constitutional

As Nebraska lawmakers debate the state’s ban on meatpacker ownership of hogs, opponents of the law are raising a new argument about the constitutionality of the ban. We believe the present law is constitutional, and we urge lawmakers to oppose LB 176 on final reading.

The argument being lodged against the ban on packer ownership is that the current law violates the equal protection clause. The same argument was lodged against Nebraska's anti-corporate farming law, Initiative 300.

Remembering Rick Wallace

The Microenterprise and small business community in Nebraska recently lost a good friend. Rick Wallace passed away on January 4, 2016 after a prolonged illness.

He leaves behind a legacy of helping hundreds of small businesses succeed and shaping the state’s microenterprise development industry. From humble beginnings, Rick helped transform microenterprise into a mainstream economic development strategy to assist startup and expansion of small businesses in the state.

Growing the Market for Nebraska Foods

An increasing number of farmers are growing specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs for local markets in Nebraska. Many of them are looking for additional opportunities to provide fresh, healthy food to their community, such as in school meals.
 
But making the farm to school connection can sometimes be a daunting task.
 
So it’s timely that the Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with University of Nebraska Extension to offer several FREE farm to school trainings to Nebraska’s school food service staff and fruit and vegetable growers.  

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