Ricketts Signs Agriculture Week Proclamation


L-R: ASL interpreter Frances Beaurivage, Ken Herz,
DHHS CFS Director Stephanie Beasley, Andy Jobman,
Gov. Ricketts (podium), McHargue, and Nebraska Dept. of Ag Director Steve Wellman

      Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation Monday morning proclaiming this as Agriculture Week in the state.

      The governor issued the proclamation in a ceremony at the State Capitol, where he was joined by leaders from the state’s ag community.

       Ricketts told the audience that “Nebraska agriculture powers our state’s growth and helps to feed the world, (so) each March we set aside a week to thank our ag producers for the dedication to grow Nebraska.”

Ricketts added that “our strength as a state is rooted in the work ethic, resourcefulness, and generosity of our farm and ranch families.

      The leaders of 3 of Nebraska top ag organizations also offered brief remarks during the proclamation ceremony. 

      Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue talked about the many ways ag growth benefits the state’s communities.

       Nebraska Corn Growers Association Andy Jobman reminded the crowd that the state had a record corn crop last year and he emphasized how producers are stewards of soil and water while the ethanol industry supports American energy independence.

      Nebraska Cattlemen’s past president Ken Herz highlighted the beef cattle industry’s commitment to care for their animals and provide high-quality beef for consumers.