• Don McCabe

    Finding The Common Ground

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on January 25, 2013

    There's never enough time in the day on the farm or ranch. There are no fixed hours. You have to get the crops in and the cattle moved. Fix meals. Get the kids to school. Attend school events. Sometimes it's managed chaos. But farm families wouldn't have it any other way. Most impressive, to me, are the men and women who, in addition to their farm and family obligations, choose to stand up and defend their industry. It's not your grandfather's agriculture anymore…

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    Living With The Unicameral, 75-Plus Later

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on January 18, 2013

    We complain loudly about Congress, and we should. Its entrenched partisanship, penchant for enacting laws stifling our economy and irresponsible spending have placed us in deep debt. We have every right to complain about its failure to agree on issues important to every American's livelihood. Here in Nebraska, our legislative body receives its share of complaints, too, and some are warranted. But before we get too carried away, let's step back and look at the unique system we…

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    For These High Schoolers, Field Trip Is 7,000 Miles

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on January 11, 2013

    During my high school years in northeast Nebraska—and, no, I won't say what years—a big class outing was to Sioux City, Iowa. Another bus trip took us even farther, to Pioneer Village in Minden. Times have changed. The opportunities to travel and explore the rest of the world, even for young folks, have greatly expanded. Amanda Clymer, a senior at David City Public Schools, had one of those great adventures in early December. She and two other Nebraska high school…

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    Panhandle on My Mind

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on January 3, 2013

    One of my favorite extended trips with Nebraska Farmer is to the Nebraska Panhandle, especially during summer. I make Scottsbluff my home base and venture north and south of there to meet with farmers and ranchers. I keep up, or at least try to, with the region's crop and livestock research by visiting with experts at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center. The Panhandle attracts me, I guess, because of its diversity of crops—sugar beets, dry beans and proso…

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