Livestock farmers seeking to expand or start new livestock operations and the county officials tasked with approving them would both benefit from changes to the local permitting process as proposed in legislation introduced in Nebraska. Livestock farmers and county officials have long recognized the importance of livestock agriculture, but establishing clarity for both parties in the local approval process hasn’t always been easy.
“Livestock farming is a huge part of Nebraska agriculture. It’s critical that we have processes in place that works for farmers seeking local approval and for county officials who are charged with representing the interests of the county. Sen. Watermeier’s bill is a step in the right direction to giving both sides greater clarity in the process,” said Mark McHargue, Nebraska Farm Bureau first vice-president and a pork producer from Central City. See how livestock zoning as affected Mark’s operation in the video below.