A coalition of Nebraska agricultural groups has announced it will no longer pursue a constitutional “right to farm” proposal in that state. Oklahoma voters will decide a similar issue here in November with State Question 777.
“We are united in our belief that protecting our member’s interests and the future of agriculture isn’t about a single ballot measure or initiative,” Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president, said in a news release. He added that his organization would be working to ensure “high property tax burdens aren’t the reason families are pushed out of agriculture.”
Farmer Paul Muegge, a former state senator and co-chair of the Oklahoma Stewardship Council, applauded the Nebraska Farm Bureau for its decision to work in the interests of its members who are family farmers, rather than carry water for the corporate interests who want state questions like 777 to pass in agriculture-producing states.
Numerous organizations and individuals, including many farmers, are standing together to defeat State Question 777. Those opposing the proposal include Save the Illinois River, Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, Oklahoma Municipal League, League of Women Voters, Edmond City Council, Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma, Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, Bella Foundation, Oklahomans for Food, Farm and Family, Oklahoma Food Cooperative, Sierra Club, Oklahoma Welfare League, Oklahoma Alliance for Animals and Oklahoma Coalition of Animal Rescuers.
The Oklahoma Stewardship Council is a coalition of family farmers, community leaders and concerned citizens opposing State Question 777.