Billboards target Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen for hog farms
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A group of physicians out of Washington, D.C., is targeting Nebraska’s new governor with a trio of billboards.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is criticizing Gov. Jim Pillen, saying factory farms like his have a negative impact on the environment.
The phrase on the billboards, “Suffocating Stench,” is from a lawsuit filed by 18 Nebraskans against Pillen’s large-scale hog facilities, according to the committee.
The first of the three billboards has been posted in Lincoln, near the intersection of 23rd and O Streets.
The second billboard will be posted next week, just two blocks from the Capitol, and the third will be put up the following week in Pillen’s hometown of Columbus.
The group is requesting that Pillen phase out one of his hog confinement operations to reduce harmful methane emissions and conserve water.
The governor’s office has not yet returned a request for comment.
Nebraska’s farmers faced a drought in 2022, and committee spokeswoman Anna Herby said some have reduced their herds in response.
The committee wants the state to help ag producers transition from livestock to water-efficient crops.
“It’s important for the governor to increase support for Nebraska farmers who are growing beans, sunflowers, pecans, apples, and other crops that require less water compared to large-scale livestock operations,” spokeswoman Anna Herby said in a statement.
But livestock and crops that are not water-efficient are currently crucial to the state’s economy.
The five leading commodities in 2020 by cash value were cattle, corn, soybeans, hogs and dairy products. Cattle accounted for $9.6 billion in economic output.