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Sen. Tom Brandt

District 32

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The State of Beef: Cattle producers, Nebraska politicians seek solutions to low profits

From the Omaha World Herald 10/17/21 story:

Meanwhile, the Nebraska Legislature did pass a law this year to allow the sale of “herd shares.” It allows consumers to buy a portion of the meat — from a half or quarter to just steaks or roasts — produced by a ranch or farm before the beef is processed.

“It’s a win-win for everyone involved — I’m not retailing, but I am,” is how State Sen. Tom Brandt of Plymouth, the sponsor of the law, described it. He compared it to the “Community Supported Agriculture” or CSA programs in which consumer/members regularly receive a box of assorted vegetables grown by a local farmer.

Brandt said he could probably make 20% more per head if he sold all of the 140 cattle he feeds and fattens each year directly to consumers via herd shares.

His Legislative Bill 324 also established the Independent Processor Assistance Program to help small locker plants make the transition to a federally inspected facility. No money was allocated to the program in 2021, but Brandt has hope that federal pandemic recovery money can be found in 2022 to provide $1 million in grants or more.

Sen. Tom Brandt

District 32
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Lincoln, NE 68509
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