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Agriculture Committee

January 4th, 2017

The Agriculture Committee is responsible for processing legislation involving the following subject areas:

  • crop development; exports; prices, commodity programs and boards; agricultural marketing
  • livestock; brands; development; health; auction markets
  • warehouses; public grain warehouses; grain storage
  • Department of Agriculture; Nebraska State Fair Board; county fairs
  • farming and ranching
  • agricultural products; research, development, and utilization; foods; milk, eggs
  • fertilizer; feeds; agricultural chemicals
  • weather modification; climate assessment
  • cooperatives
  • weights and measures
  • weeds; noxious weeds
  • lodging; eating facilities; Nebraska Pure Food Act; meat inspection
  • pests and pesticides; animals
  • seeds
  • pet shops; commercial breeders

If you are not testifying in person on a bill or resolution and would like to submit a written position letter to be included in the official hearing record as an exhibit, the letter must be delivered to the office of the Agriculture Committee Chair (or emailed to the Committee Clerk at by 12:00 p.m. CST on the last work day prior to the public hearing.

Additionally, the position letter must include your name and address, state a position of for, against, or neutral on the bill in question and include a request for the letter to be included as part of the public hearing record.

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has expanded procedures for public input on legislation.  For details go to

Notes:  The Chair has submitted notices of committee hearings through March 2nd.  For more information about each bill, please select the “Hearing Schedule” link under the “Resources” menu to the right.

The order of bills listed for each hearing day is only the anticipated order in which they will be taken up.  The order may change up to and including the date of the hearing.

January 26
Room 1524
1:30 p.m.

LB 91 (Brandt) — Change germination seed testing provisions under the Nebraska Seed Law
LB 90 (Halloran) — Change fee provisions under the Pesticide Act and the Nebraska Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner Act

February 2
Room 1524
9:30 a.m.

Appointment — John Walvoord, Beginning Farmer Board
LR 5 (Gragert) — Accept the findings and recommendations of the Health Soils Task Force submitted to the Governor and the Agriculture Committee
LB 584 (Vargas) — Adopt the Mobile Food Unit Act and change fees for a mobile food unit

February 2
Room 1524
1:30 p.m.

LB235 (Brewer) — State intent regarding implementation of a meat processing establishment inspection program
LB 324 (Brandt) — Change provisions of the Nebraska Meat and Poultry Inspection Law

February 9
Room 1524
1:30 p.m.

LB 572 (Halloran) — Change provisions of the Livestock Brand Act
LB 571 (Halloran) — Provide for backgrounder lot registration under the Livestock Brand Act
LB 614 (Erdman) — Eliminate registered feedlot provisions under the Livestock Brand Act

March 2
Room 1524
1:30 p.m.

Appointment — Tom Dinsdale, Nebraska State Fair Board

Relevant Statutes
October 5th, 2008
Committee Members
  • Sen. Steve Halloran, Chairperson
  • Sen. Tom Brandt
  • Sen. Tom Brewer
  • Sen. John Cavanaugh
  • Sen. Tim Gragert
  • Sen. Mike Groene
  • Sen. Ben Hansen
  • Sen. Steve Lathrop
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