The corporate attempt to take over family farm agriculture in Nebraska is back. Three separate bills being debated in the Unicameral, LB 176, 175 and 106, are nothing short of a corporate-driven assault on family farmers and rural communities.
LB 176 would lift Nebraska’s ban on packer ownership for hogs, so long as they do so under contract production. Increasing packer ownership of hogs relegates smaller, family farm producers to the role of residual suppliers, taking lower prices or even lesser contracts at virtually every turn.
Dr. Megan Gewecke loves learning and embraces change. She earned her Doctorate of Psychology from Argosy University in Minnesota. And while some brides might want to take a break after all the planning, Megan hit the ground running. She got married on May 17, 2014, then started her own business on June 16.
She established Stepping Stones Psychological Services, LLC in Kearney, Nebraska, thanks in part to a Small Business Administration-SBA Microloan from the Center's Rural Enterprise Assistance Project-REAP.
Two important issues are emerging in the 2015 Nebraska Legislature - corrections reform, necessary because of severe overcrowding in the state’s prisons, and LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, which would reform the state’s Medicaid program and offer healthcare coverage to approximately 54,000 modest-income, working Nebraskans.