NEBRASKA CATTLEMEN COMMITTEES

POLICY COMMITTEES

All policy committees are comprised of a chairman and vice-chairman appointed by the President, one member appointed by each of the local affiliated associations and each Nebraska Cattlemen Council, with up to four at-large members appointed by the President. Each policy committee is responsible for developing policy regarding their respective issues. The Committee Chairperson sits on Nebraska Cattlemen’s Board of Directors.
 
Animal Health & Nutrition
Chairman: John Widdowson (Kearney)     
Purpose of the committee: To develop policy recommendations on legislative and regulatory issues affecting animal health, nutrition, and research relating to these issues. To work with regulatory agencies, academic institutions, Extension service and other industry organizations regarding these issues.

Subject areas assigned:
o   Animal health, medications and drugs
o   Health regulations governing livestock movement
o   Disease control and eradication
o   Nutrition, including livestock feed and additives
o   Genetics and animal breeding
o   Animal welfare
o   Teaching, research and facilities relating to these issues
o   Food safety
o   Beef Quality Assurance

Brand & Property Rights
Chairman: Terry Cone (Burwell)
Purpose of the committee: To develop policy recommendations on legislative and regulatory issues affecting livestock identification, theft prevention and property right preservation. To work with agencies and other industry organizations regarding these issues.

Subject areas assigned:
o   Brands
o   Livestock identification
o   Livestock theft
o   Brand legislation
o   Eminent domain
o   Fence law
o   Property right Infringement

Education
Chairman: Sarah Werner (Carleton)
Purpose of the committee: Monitor education bills and oversee educational programs within the association and to work with agencies and other industry organizations regarding these issues.

Subject areas assigned:

o   School consolidation and reorganization
o   School financing
o   University of Nebraska issues
o   State school issues
o   Educational activities

Marketing & Commerce
Chairman: John Schroeder (Cozad)

Purpose of the committee: To develop policy recommendations on issues affecting the marketing of feeder cattle and fed cattle as well as the marketing of and demand for beef and beef products. To work with agencies and other industry organizations regarding these issues.

Subject areas assigned:
o   Market news and information
o   Feeder cattle, live cattle and beef grading
o   Commodity futures markets and trading
o   Concentration and integration within the industry
o   Inspection
o   Weights and measurements
o   Exports and foreign markets

Natural Resources & Environmental
Chairman: Chris Schluntz (Republican City)  
Purpose of the committee: To develop policy recommendations on legislative and regulatory issues regarding water, environment and other natural resources. To work with academic institutions, regulatory agencies, Extension Services and other industry organizations regarding these issues.

Subject areas assigned:
o   Animal waste management
o   Zoning
o   Air/water pollution
o   Wilderness areas
o   Pesticides and agricultural chemicals
o   Weed control
o   Endangered species
o   Animal damage control programs
o   Storage tanks
o   Public land matters, state and national

Taxation
Chairman: Ken Herz (Lawerence)
Purpose of the committee: To develop policy recommendations on legislative and regulatory issues affecting taxation and education. To work with agencies, academic institutions and other organizations regarding these issues.

Subject areas assigned:
o   Personal property taxes
o   Land valuation for taxation purposes
o   Income and sales taxes
o   Capital gains taxes
o   Estate taxes

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