By the Lincoln Journal Star
A central Nebraska rancher will be the first chairman of a new National Agricultural Advisory Council to the Humane Society of the United States.
Kevin Fulton, who raises thousands of cattle, sheep and goats in Sherman County, said the council builds on the success 11 state agriculture advisory councils have had in the past four years.
The national advisory council will work closely with members of the Humane Society, an animal welfare group.
Fulton said the new council is committed to working with the society to improve the welfare of farm animals, family farmers, consumers and the environment.
“We are against animal cruelty and particularly against extreme confinement of farm animals. That’s congruent with the top animal welfare experts in the country, it’s congruent with the feelings of the American consumer,” said Fulton, who is a full-time farmer and rancher and third-generation Nebraskan.
The Humane Society held a news conference Friday at the Capitol to announce the formation of the new council. Other members include Chris Petersen of Iowa, Mike Callicrate of Colorado, Pete Eshelman of Indiana, Paul Muegge of Oklahoma, Carrie Balkcom of Colorado, Will Harris of Georgia and Joe Logan of Ohio.
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