Feb 19 2019
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As your U.S. Senator, I am dedicated to addressing problems that face Nebraska’s agriculture producers. Our farmers and ranchers not only provide for our great country, we feed the world. So, when agricultural challenges arise, it is important to realize that these issues affect our way of life and the future of people all around the globe.
Recently, I welcomed a group of bright, young individuals to the U.S. Senate, who will address the pressing agricultural issues of our future.
The Leadership Education and Action Development (LEAD) program was founded to develop the next generation of problem solvers, decision makers, and innovative thinkers. Over the course of two years, fellows from various backgrounds will participate in seminars across our state, visit Washington, D.C., and travel to study the unique agricultural systems overseas.
Studies have shown us that by 2050, there will be an additional two billion people in this world to feed. Future generations of agricultural leaders must be prepared to meet this challenge and deal with the unforeseen obstacles on the road ahead. The LEAD program is wonderful opportunity to learn more about international trade, foreign policy, and the potential benefits of working with other countries.
As Nebraskans, we know that putting dinner on the table for families around the world is a difficult task. It’s calloused hands after long days. It means breaking ice in the tank for thirsty cattle in frigid temperatures and moving the irrigation pipes for thirsty crops in the scorching summer heat. It’s the result of constant adjustments, innovative technology, and critical thinking to address our most pressing challenges.
LEAD Class 38 understands this well. I met with them while they were Washington, D.C. and shared a Senate update. I was excited to see the fellows are engaged on the important issues to Nebraska and our nation. The LEAD program continues to be near and dear to my heart. As an alum myself, it has helped shape me into who I am today.
As I told them in our meeting, I’m expecting great things from all of them. I am very grateful for the work they are doing now, and the work they will do in the future to improve and protect our way of life.
On this note, I am proud to report a recent success in protecting Nebraska’s rich heritage of outdoor recreation. Recently, the Senate passed the Natural Resources Management Act. Known as the Bipartisan Lands Package, this important legislation secures good measures for our sportsmen and women. The bill opens up additional opportunities for our hunters, fishers, and recreational shooters to continue to enjoying our great American traditions.
I was also recently installed as a co-chairman of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. In this role, I will continue to work hard to ensure future generations of Nebraskans will continue to enjoy hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation activities in the Good Life.
It’s encouraging that Congress passed legislation that secures our way of life in Nebraska, and I was excited to have the opportunity to meet some of our future leaders who will work to do the same.
Thank you for participating in the democratic process. I look forward to visiting with you next week.