A new advisory council will bring together the Nebraska Farmers Union with the Humane Society of the United States in order to collaboratively advance animal welfare. The new board, The Nebraska Agriculture Council of the HSUS, will facilitate communication between ranchers, farmers, and the animal-advocacy group in order to efficiently implement humane practices without the complication of ballot initiatives, while also providing market opportunities for farmers who adhere to welfare policies. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Rural Poll from earlier this year found that 69 percent of rural Nebraskans believe that good farm-animal welfare includes adequate exercise, space, and social activities in addition to food, water, and shelter.
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