SPUCC Board of Directors Releases Statement on Livestock Moratorium Proposal
HOLDREGE – Today, the SPUCC board of directors issued a statement saying it
strongly supports the livestock industry and stands firmly against a recent call by
activist groups to impose a moratorium on development.
A coalition that includes opponents to modern farming techniques including
Change.org, GC Resolve, Nebraskans for Peace and the Nebraska Sierra Club is
behind the push to impose a moratorium.
Randy Rupert, a Nickerson resident who helped start Nebraska Communities
United to oppose the Costco project in Fremont, said the moratorium is needed
because state and local zoning laws are inadequate to deal with large confined
animal feeding operations, CAFO’s. He was quoted by the Lincoln Journal Star as
saying, “Most county zoning regulations are 40 years out of date.”
In fact, the Nebraska Department of Environment & Energy as well as county
governments have rigorous permitting, zoning and inspection procedures to
protect residents, livestock and the environment.
SPUCC joins with the Nebraska State Dairy Association, Alliance for the Future of
Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN), Nebraska Farm Bureau and many others in
opposition to a moratorium. Furthermore, SPUCC expresses its support of the
livestock industry and appreciation for the industry’s contributions to Nebraska’s
economic and social fabric, particularly in rural communities.
Livestock production creates an enormous economic impact in the SPUCC region
and is responsible for providing thousands of jobs in addition to direct economic
benefits. All segments of Nebraska’s rural economy would be damaged by the
proposed moratorium, not just the livestock sector