A coalition of Nebraska agricultural groups including the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Pork Producers Association, Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Soybean Association formed A-FAN, the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, just two months ago. A-FAN’s mission is to boost livestock production in Nebraska by helping agricultural producers navigate through regulatory hurdles and improve neighbor relations.

A key message of the group is that livestock production is good for rural communities. "Livestock production can improve their quality of life by bringing in those services - such as - for the counties - building new bridges, keeping gravel on the roads, keeping main street businesses full and operating and providing tax incomes for our schools to keep our schools open," says Roger Berry, A-FAN field director.

Berry points out that Nebraska agricultural producer groups borrowed the A-FAN concept from the Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers, which has actively promoted livestock production in Iowa since 2004.

For more information on A-FAN, go to: www.a-fan.org; and for CSIF, www.supportfarmers.org.

Source: Brownfield Network