PRESS RELEASE: Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2012
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact:
ICON president David Wright, 402-929-0339,
Treasurer, Al Davis, 308-458-2220, or
Communications Director Linda Wuebben, 402-357-3778
ICON Testifies in Support of Nebraska LB 927
Several directors of the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska (ICON)
spent last Tuesday, February 14, in Lincoln testifying in support of
LB927 at a hearing in front of the Agriculture Committee.
LB927, sponsored by Senator LeRoy Louden, is a bill which would offer
an alternative to the animal ID program currently being considered by
the USDA. Louden described the bill as follows: LB 927 would authorize
cattle brands as official identification as prescribed and to provide
that cattle brands are official identification for export or import
as prescribed. A brand shall be accepted as official identification
of cattle for purposes of animal disease traceability.
Testifying in Lincoln were Dave Wright of Neligh, Chris Abbott of Gordon
and Al Davis of Hyannis .
We believe branding has been an effective tool for a hundred
years in identifying cattle and tracking disease, said Wright.
ICON believes this is a good tool for animal ID and its long history
shows how well it has worked.
ICON supported a bill in 2007 which protected Nebraska farmers and
ranchers from being forced to register for the USDA alternative, NAIS
or National Animal Identification System. It was successfully passed
and one of the first cracks in the newly proposed NAIS program. The
USDA did not have success implementing the NAIS program.
The proposed bill LB927 was initially brought to the legislature by
ICON directors and since the first of the year, they have been making
contact with several senators to make them aware of the newly proposed
bill and its advantages by making several trips to Lincoln. ICON lobbyist
Jim Pappas has also been working hard at spreading the word and garnering
support from state senators.
ICON efforts to spearhead this important piece of legislation for Nebraska
ranchers and farmers were supported by Farmers Union and the Livestock
Marketing Association (LMA) at the hearing last Tuesday. Several Nebraska
ranchers also gave testimony including Richard Strunk of ONeill.
ICON also received several pieces of written testimony from ranchers
in Wyoming , Kansas , Montana and the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association
which were submitted at the hearing last week. Farm Bureau and Nebraska
Cattlemen remained neutral on the issue and Greg Ibach of the Nebraska
Department of Agriculture testified against the proposed LB927.
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