Weekly Column

From the Ground Up

The Center for Rural Affairs recently released a report, From the Ground Up, Addressing Key Community Concerns in Clean Energy Transmission, which examines the clashes that can arise between communities and transmission line developers and the causes of those clashes, with a unique focus on proposing a set of solutions to those issues.

Put People Above Politics

On February 24th, the Legislature’s Committee on Health and Human Services in Lincoln advanced LB 887 to the floor of the Senate. The Wellness In Nebraska bill would extend healthcare coverage to Nebraskans with incomes at or below 133% of the Federal Poverty Level.

The Unicameral should move forcefully to pass LB 887. Last year’s failure to approve similar legislation and implement the expansion of Medicaid allowed for under the Affordable Care Act has created a coverage gap that an estimated 33,000 Nebraskans have fallen into.

David defeats Goliath

While the recently passed Farm Bill continues to provide unlimited farm program payments and crop insurance premium subsidies to the nation’s largest and wealthiest mega-farms, there are some things that the legislation does - or more aptly, does not do - that merit mention. As the Farm Bill Conference Committee made an eleventh hour deal to move the Farm Bill forward, changes to two major livestock market reforms were notably absent.

Farmers and Ranchers should own Livestock, not Packers

A bill introduced in the Nebraska Legislature, LB 942, would remove the restriction on packer ownership of hogs in the state. The bill intends to grease the skids for corporate hog production. A hearing for LB 942 is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th at the Capitol in Lincoln. The Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska Farmers Union and a growing group of family farmers, ranchers and small town Nebraskans will be there voicing opposition to the bill.

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