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Weekly Columns

  • Growing Trade Between Nebraska & Europe

    November 12, 2019

    This week, I’m leading a delegation to Germany to grow trade between Nebraska and the European Union (EU).  Our delegation includes the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the University of Nebraska, ag producers, business leaders, and several other members.  Together, we’ll promote Nebraska products and machinery, thank companies that have created jobs in Nebraska, and invite German firms to invest in our state.  

  • Honoring Nebraska’s Veterans

    November 04, 2019

    One hundred years ago, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day to mark the first anniversary of the peace treaty that ended World War I.  From that point forward, Armistice Day became an annual commemoration of America’s World War I veterans.  Congress officially declared Armistice Day a federal holiday in 1938.  Sixty-five years ago, in 1954, President Eisenhower renamed the holiday as Veterans Day to extend recognition to all U.S. veterans.

  • Instilling a Culture of Continuous Improvement

    October 28, 2019

    Since I first took office, my vision for the state has been to grow Nebraska.  In order to accomplish this, I realized that we would have to change the culture in state government.  Changing the culture of an entire enterprise isn’t something that happens overnight.  It’s a large undertaking that requires focus, time, and hard work.  That’s why, in my first year as Governor, my team and I created the Center of Operational Excellence (COE).

  • A Fair Deal with China

    October 22, 2019

    Like many Nebraskans, I’d like to see the United States and China make progress on an agreement to remove barriers to trade.  It’s important for the negotiations to result in a fair deal that puts American farmers and manufacturers on a level playing field when doing business in China.

  • 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.