• Don McCabe

    Corn Board Wants Out As A State Agency

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 24, 2013

    It's a big logjam now in the 2013 Nebraska Legislature. In the remaining days—the current 90-day session is scheduled to adjourn in early June—debate on many bills will be sidetracked as state senators quarrel over the budget, proposed Medicaid expansion, capital punishment and other controversial measures. Even the designated priority bills of state senators and committees could get left behind in the debate over these issues. One bill I hope gets its time on legislative…

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    Give EPA Same Scrutiny As Defense Department

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 15, 2013

    Since Chuck Hagel, former U.S. senator from Nebraska, was approved as the nation's defense secretary, he, along with the backing of the Obama Administration, has been trimming the defense budget and proposing realigning priorities and strategies for a future, supposedly leaner military. Perhaps some changes are needed, but it makes one wonder about the national security of our nation at a time of rising tensions in the Middle East, the unstable situation in North Korea and the…

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    FFA: Developing Our Future Leaders In Agriculture

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 5, 2013

    As I wrote this entry, Lincoln streets were teeming with "Blue Coats." The state FFA Convention was in full gear and 3,700-plus FFAers from across Nebraska were taking part in the activities and festivities. FFA is one of the best, if not the best, youth organization in America. It produces young men and women with confidence in their own abilities and the drive to do well in college and in the careers that follow. I had the privilege of helping judge several ag proficiency…

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    Mother Nature, Drought And Man Making Assault On Nebraska Trees

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on April 1, 2013

    Dennis Adams, as head of the UNL rural forestry program, knows trees. And he knows first-hand how devastating the 2012 drought has been for the state’s tree resources. On his own tree farm near Lincoln, Adams says “the worst drought on record in Nebraska” killed 100% of his newly planted spruce and fir trees and 75% of the newly planted pine. “Root systems on newly planted tree are so shallow that they didn’t find soil moisture. The only salvation is…

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