Animal Science Department


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Published in 2001 Nebraska Swine Report, compiled by Duane Reese, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science. Prepared by the staff in Animal Science and cooperating Departments for use in Extension, Teaching and Research programs. Published by Cooperative Extension Division, Agricultural Research Division, and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Article 8 §12 of the Nebraska constitution (Initiative 300) establishes several requirements for corporations to legally qualify as family farm or ranch corporations. Under one provision, a majority of the family farm or ranch corporation’s shareholders must be family members, “at least one of whom is a person residing on or actively engaged in the day-to-day labor and management of the farm or ranch.” In Hall v Progress Pig Inc., 259 Neb 407 (May 12, 2000) (Progress Pig II) the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that where no family member resides on the farm or ranch, a family member must perform daily physical labor on the farm or ranch for the corporation to legally qualify as a family farm or ranch corporation.