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Action Alert: Livestock producers, we need to hear from you!

Rural Red Alert

Dear friends: 

This session, the Center for Rural Affairs is working alongside Sen. Tom Brandt to ensure state lawmakers follow through on a commitment made last year to eliminate a key supply chain bottleneck that threatens small businesses and family farms across Nebraska.

Recently, Sen. Brandt introduced Legislative Bill (LB) 755, which would provide $10 million for the Independent Processor Assistance Program (IPAP). Established in 2021 with the unanimous passage of LB 324, the IPAP would help local processors secure additional space and equipment to keep up with the heightened demand caused by changing consumer preference and interruptions at regional packing plants. Funding would come from State Recovery Funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Are you a livestock producer who has faced challenges when trying to schedule a timely locker date? If not, do you know someone who is? A public hearing on LB 755 will be scheduled soon and senators need to hear from those on the front lines. 

If you would like to share your support, concerns or insights by providing testimony in-person, via letter or by visiting with your senator, please contact me at or 402.687.2100 ext.1032. 

Officials in 18 states, including those bordering Nebraska, have developed their own grant programs to assist independent meat processors. Their experience shows that the Independent Processor Assistance Program can fix this problem in Nebraska.

Tim Mussack
Senior Policy Associate

State and national policy directly impact how we live. We always need advocates to speak up for rural America.

We work on a variety of issues, from rural development, to clean energy, to conservation and climate. When we work with supporters, we use the same general tools to advocate across our issues. This page outlines some general resources about tools and tactics we have found to be effective.

Are you willing to take action today? There are three ways you can help right now.

  • Make your voice heardCall, email, or write your elected officials. Keep their contact information handy. Legislation can move fast; be ready at a moment’s notice.
  • Step up and take actionWrite a letter to the editor. Speak out in your community. Attend a listening session. Testify at the state capitol. Tell us how you’re ready to step up to build a stronger, brighter rural future.
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Don’t forget to display confidence, enthusiasm, credibility, and commitment. One way to display credibility is telling your representative where you live, so they know you are a constituent in their district.

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How will these actions create change? The people you are reaching out to are lawmakers who need your vote to become elected or stay in office. As your representatives, their job is to shape policy on behalf of your interests.

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Your advocacy ensures your voice is heard on issues that matter most to you. Remember to always show respect to legislators and their staff members, regardless of where they stand on the issue.

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