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Weekly Columns

  • Value-Added Ag Grows Rural Nebraska

    October 15, 2019

    Nebraska’s official nickname is the Cornhusker State, and unofficially we’re known as the Beef State because of the world-class red meat produced by our cattlemen and women.  Our family farms and ranches grow and raise some of the finest agricultural crops and livestock on the planet.  Our soybeans, corn, eggs, beef, pork, wheat, grain sorghum, and other ag products have an unsurpassed reputation for their quality.

  • Answering the Call

    October 08, 2019

    Perhaps the greatest honor I have as Governor is to serve as commander-in-chief of our Nebraska National Guard.  For nearly 165 years—since before Nebraska gained statehood—many of our fellow citizens have answered the call to serve when our state and nation have needed them the most.  In 2019, we have needed them as much as ever.

  • Nebraska’s Manufacturing Resurgence

    October 01, 2019

    October is Manufacturing Month, a time to celebrate the makers, builders, and inventors of Nebraska.  Nearly one in ten jobs in Nebraska is in manufacturing.  Thanks to recent job growth, this summer Nebraska’s manufacturing employment reached its highest point in more than ten years.

  • Nebraska’s Great Outdoors

    September 20, 2019

    Like many Nebraskans, I enjoy hunting and fishing, and these activities have instilled in me an enduring love for the outdoors.  There’s no better way to take in the beauty of Nebraska, whether it’s on a turkey hunt in the Pine Ridge or spending a quiet evening fishing at a community pond.  Hunting and fishing are relaxing ways to unplug from the work week, enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with friends and family.  While hunting and fishing, I have met Nebraskans from throughout the state ... read more

  • Standing for Justice

    September 17, 2019

    This week, I’m traveling to Washington, DC to celebrate the unveiling of a statue of Chief Standing Bear at the United States Capitol.  The statue will be on display for years to come, and I encourage Nebraskans to look for it when they next visit the U.S. Capitol.

  • International Trade Grows Exports and Creates Jobs

    September 10, 2019

    Trade missions open the door to Nebraska exports while bringing great jobs to our doorstep.  Over the past few days, I led a trade mission to Vietnam, where I met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, business leaders, and government ministers.  The potential to grow Nebraska’s agricultural exports to Vietnam is enormous.

  • Growing Trade with Vietnam and Japan

    August 30, 2019

    To grow Nebraska, we must continue to develop new international partnerships and deepen our existing trade relationships.  Trade missions allow leaders in our state to meet face-to-face with overseas buyers, government officials, and businesses.  They allow our farmers and ranchers to tell the story about Nebraska agriculture and to promote their world-class commodities firsthand.  They also give Nebraska businesses an opportunity to showcase their goods and services directly to prospective ... read more

  • The Root of Our Tax Problem

    August 27, 2019

    When cultivating a field or caring for a lawn, Nebraskans know that the only way to tackle weeds is to get to their roots.  Otherwise, the weeds will bounce back—seemingly overnight—in our rich topsoil.

  • Better Service for Nebraskans in Need

    August 20, 2019

    The mission of my administration is to make state government more effective, efficient, and customer-focused for you.  I want Nebraskans to spend less time standing in line, waiting on hold, or filling out forms so that they can spend more time enjoying and growing the Good Life.  During my time in office, we’ve applied principles from business to our day-to-day operations so that we can better serve Nebraskans.  We’ve created annual business plans to work smarter, added performance metrics ... read more

  • Spending, Taxes, and the Relief You Need

    August 13, 2019

    Grow the economy and control spending.  Earn more, spend less.  These are basic principles of budgeting.