Our tradition of family farming in Nebraska is under attack right now.

A bill (LB 176) that could come up for a vote any day now in the Nebraska Legislature would allow meatpackers — like the Chinese-owned meatpacking company Smithfield — to own pork in Nebraska. 

This would put family farmers out of business.

If the meatpackers own our livestock, corporate-raised pork will dominate our grocery store shelves. This means less care for the animal, more water pollution, and lower-quality food.(1)

LB 176 also gives the vertically-integrated corporate "factory farming" system more economic power over Nebraska's family farmers.(2) 

Smithfield also recently made campaign donations to a number of Nebraska state senators who are now backing the corporate-friendly LB 176, including:(3)

  • Sen. Heath Mello ($500)
  • Sen. Rick Kolowski ($750)
  • Sen. Patty Pansing-Brooks ($500)
  • Sen. Burke Harr ($500)

If pigs go down the route of contracted ownership, then beef will be next.

Raising livestock is the job of the family farmer, not Chinese-owned multi-nationals!

Help protect our family farms and our food system in Nebraska.


1. "Boss Hog: The Dark Side of America's Top Pork Producer,", 12/14/06.

2. "Opponents catch whiff of bought influence with pig packer bill," Lincoln Journal Star, 1/20/16. 

3. "Money Behind Corporate Pigs,", 1/20/16.

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