By Robert Pore firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 8:27 PM CDT
Animal agriculture in Nebraska is a more than $7 billion industry that supports thousands of jobs.
But a group of agricultural organizations believes the livestock industry is threatened by outside groups, such as the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
These organizations have formed We Support Agriculture (WSA) to educate Nebraskans about modern agricultural practices and to defend against attacks and misinformation about modern technology used to raise livestock.
WSA was announced on Tuesday at Husker Harvest Days. Pete McClymont, vice president of government affairs for the Nebraska Cattlemen, is WSA president.
He said Nebraska's farmers and ranchers are "caring people who know how to care for their animals properly."
"They go to great lengths to protect their animals from disease, predators and harsh Nebraska climate while feeding their neighbors and the world."
But they now have a new predator to contend with, McClymont said, in the form of increased activity across the country by "extreme animal rights groups who have an agenda to make Americans eat less food originating from animals -- such as meat, eggs and dairy."
He said these groups want to institute "hostile regulations that will increase the price of food and make them much more difficult to produce."
According to WSA, "This negatively affects consumers by inflating the cost of food and limiting the availability of nutritious food choices for their families."
WSA said its goal is to "defend agriculture against this extreme agenda."
Visit We Support Agriculture website