Mar 8, 2019 Fort Report
This might seem like an odd time to write about the rituals of summer when the frozen ground is covered by seven inches of snow.  This time of year, however, is when the important niche rural business of corn detasseling makes plans for summer hiring of local teens.  While only...
Mar 2, 2019 Fort Report
You may not see this on TV, but much of the work in Washington goes on outside the glare of media.  It’s in committees where the hard work of advocating for lower drug prices, safer foods, and helping the world’s most vulnerable is accomplished.  Here are two examples from this...
Feb 22, 2019 Fort Report
Hannah Esch, an agriculture student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Nebraska Beef Ambassador, was surprised on a recent visit with young school children.  When asked a basic question about where food comes from, a third-grader from a rural community answered that...
Feb 15, 2019 Fort Report
Early one morning this week, I headed to the United States Department of Agriculture for a breakfast meeting with Secretary Sonny Perdue from Georgia.  We had a productive discussion about the new internet initiative for rural America, the ecosystem of rural development, and the...
Feb 8, 2019 Fort Report
A woman named Nadia Murad won the Noble Peace Prize in 2018.  She is a Yazidi from Northern Iraq.  The Yazidis are a people bound by an ancient faith tradition.  They have sought to live in peace in harsh surroundings.  Along with the Christians of the area, they have endured...
Feb 1, 2019 Fort Report
I hear it over and over again: “I was stationed at Offutt.  We fell in love with Nebraska.  After our service commitment, we decided to make it our home.  We love it here.”  That love and pride are returned by Nebraskans.
Jan 25, 2019 Fort Report
Two things of serious note happened in D.C. this week.  First, the partial government shutdown crossed over an inglorious threshold, making it the longest shutdown in U.S. history.  Second, the Speaker of the House denied the President of the United States the use of the...
Jan 18, 2019 Fort Report
Agriculture is so central to America.  We feed ourselves, we feed the world.  The land has been the source of our vitality.  This is true more than ever, even in our modern age. This week, I was privileged to be named the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Appropriations...
Jan 11, 2019 Fort Report
The U.S.-Mexican border is a bit under 2000 miles long. About 650 miles of the border have various kinds of barriers, including fencing, vehicular obstacles, and wall-like structures.  
Jan 4, 2019 Fort Report
Every two years in America, we experience something almost miraculous in the history of the world: the safe, civil, and dignified transfer of power.  In the House of Representatives, this long-standing and peaceful replenishing is truly something to behold.  There is excitement...