Public testifies in front of Senators about LR219

DONIPHAN, Neb. (KSNB) - The State Legislature's Agricultural Committee hosted a hearing Friday in Doniphan encouraging the public to testify before them about LR219. The proposal is looking to allow big corporations like Costco farm chickens here in central Nebraska.

Testifiers came before Senators Friday to discuss LR 219. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

Many people came to talk about it, roughly half and half in favor and against it.

Those in favor of this say it provides more opportunities for agriculture in a time where that is lacking. They say it's important we show the youth that there is a future in farming and this will help so that.

"I think anything to help agriculture and the youth within our state, within common sense is appreciated," Duane Lienemann, a testifier from Blue Hill, said. "I think the issues goes beyond Costco and chickens. We need to look passed one issue and what's ultimately good for farmers and communities to stay viable."

The testifiers who said they were against the corporate farming say corporation didn't have farmers best interest in mind. Many were also concerned about the environmental impact that would come with a business like this.

"Look what they've done to our neighbor state to the east," Another testifier Cathie Genung said. "Research the pollution of Iowa's rivers and streams. Two well known slogans come to mind. Just say no and Nebraska it's not for everyone"

The senators were given a lot to think about, but it is unclear about what their next step will be.