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Issue Position: Agriculture

Issue Position

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Nebraska is a global agricultural leader. Some of Nebraska's principal agricultural producers and service companies, however, are facing problems that may impair their competitiveness. We must confront issues such as water rights and high property taxes, which threaten to exacerbate the difficulties imposed by the current economic climate. Since the backbone of the Nebraskan economy lies in its agricultural output, we must work hard for the farmers and ranchers both through legislation and by promoting more extensive trade between Nebraska and the world markets.

Agricultural Objective 1

Ensure Water Rights for Agricultural Producers - The productiveness of Nebraska's agricultural producers relies on their ability to access water. We must ensure that our agricultural producers have access to the water that they need in order to produce the products that drive the State's economy.

Agricultural Approach 1

Fight Governmental Control of Water Rights - If the federal or state government try to restrict the water rights of agricultural producers, the Nebraskan economy will suffer. We must make sure that our farmers and ranchers have the water needed to ensure Nebraska remains an agricultural leader.

Agricultural Objective 2

Keep Low Trade Barriers - Nebraska's agricultural economy is one that depends our state's ability to get our superior products to market.

Agricultural Approach 2

Reach out to Trading Partners - Nebraska's leaders have done a good job of reaching out to possible trading partners such as South Korea and Cuba, and I will work to continue that tradition. I will work with our State's leaders to engage in discussions with possible governments and corporations who wish to make substantial investments into the products of Nebraska. By doing this, we will ensure that our agricultural producers always have a market for their products.


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