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Chamber of Commerce supports Nebraska livestock producers

The Gothenburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently voted to oppose all activities of the Humane Society of the United States that would be detrimental to the state’s agricultural economy, especially animal agriculture.

Board president Jim Widdifield and Chamber Ag Committee chair Shannon Peterson signed a resolution pledging their support of the livestock and agriculture industry.

Anne Anderson, executive director of the Gothenburg Area Chamber of Commerce, said the Board acted, on the recommendation of the Chamber Ag Committee to take action, because the Humane Society of the United States’s influence in other states has been harmful to their agricultural economies. “The chamber does not want to see the same potentially detrimental effect in Nebraska,” she said.

The board hopes that its action will raise public awareness in central Nebraska as well as the entire state of these potential threats to Nebraska’s livestock producers and in turn its crop producers.

Agriculture is the number one industry in the state of Nebraska with one in three jobs tied to the industry.

“The board feels that livestock producers are caring, knowledgeable people who use responsible practices as they care for their animals,” Anderson said. “The industry already is being held accountable for how they raise livestock through state and federal regulations.”

“It is the board’s position to strongly oppose the Humane Society of the United States or any extremist group that could have a hidden agenda attacking producers with misinformation that would severely impact the ability of our agricultural producers to raise livestock in this state, or in some cases eliminate agriculture as we know it in Nebraska.”

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