Greetings District 36. It’s been just over one year since the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in the state of Nebraska. In March of 2020 we had no idea of the upcoming roller coaster we would be riding. Who could’ve imagined schools, churches, restaurants, bars, salons and many others being closed or being directed to operate at limited capacities. Sports programs and much of our normal recreational activities were put on hold. Over this whole period of time people have continued to ask: “when will things go back to normal”?
We are now one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. While the virus has drastically and unfortunately changed the way we operate personally and professionally, my staff and I have continued serving Nebraskans. Although a lot of my travel has been limited, I look forward to hitting the road again and visiting with folks in person very soon.
Greetings District 36. National Agriculture Week was March 21st through the 27th. Agriculture is clearly Nebraska’s number one industry. One in four jobs in Nebraska are related to agriculture. Nebraska ranks first among states in beef exports and commercial cattle slaughter. The State ranks second in total cattle and calves, commercial red meat production, and ethanol production. Nebraska also ranks third in corn production and corn exports. When we hear the phrase, “Farmers and ranchers help feed the world.”, it is an accurate and important statement and one that makes us, as Nebraskans, proud. A special thanks to all those involved with agriculture.
At the forefront of many Americans’ minds right now, including mine, is the situation at our southern border. The surge of illegal immigrants attempting to enter our country at the Unites States-Mexico border is a serious problem with sweeping implications for national security, drug smuggling, and public safety, before even considering the health and safety of the skyrocketing numbers of unaccompanied children. Our country is a beacon of freedom and opportunity, but our legal process must be upheld and abided by to ensure the continued existence of such opportunity.