The Donald Trump for President campaign has formally announced the Republican nominee’s Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee.
The National Chairman is Nebraskan Charles W. Herbster of Falls City and includes former Governor Dave Heineman, state Senator Beau McCoy and Governor Pete Ricketts.
Mr. Trump said, “The members of my agricultural advisory committee represent the best that America can offer to help serve agricultural communities. Many of these officials have been elected by their communities to solve the issues that impact our rural areas every day. I’m very proud to stand with these men and women, and look forward to serving those who serve all Americans from the White House.”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with each member of the committee to support Donald J. Trump and his campaign to be the next President of the United States of America,” said Charles W. Herbster.
“As a fifth-generation farmer, Owner of Herbster Angus Farms, and Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Conklin Company—a company that specializes in agriculture and animal health products, among others—I look forward to working with this esteemed group of individuals. Each of these committee members has a diverse background in agriculture and do not take lightly the responsibility we have to keep the American farmer in business and profitable. Those who put food on our tables and keep our economy growing need our continued support and as the National Chairman on this committee, I will make it my goal to take care of those who make it their livelihood to take care of us.”
Executive board members will convene on a regular basis. The more than 60 advisory board members include:
Charles W. Herbster – National Chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Advisory Committee for the Donald J. Trump Campaign for President
Sam Clovis – National Chief Policy Advisory for the Donald J. Trump Campaign for President
Rebeckah Adcock – CropLife, Senior Director, Government Affairs
Robert Aderholt – Congressman from Alabama; Chairman, Subcommittee on Agriculture
Jay Armstrong – Kansas Wheat Commission; Chairman, Farm Foundation
Gary Black – Commissioner Agriculture, Georgia
John Block – Former Sec. of USDA
Mike Brandenburg – State Legislator, North Dakota
Terry Branstad – Governor of Iowa
Sam Brownback – Governor of Kansas
Chuck Conner – CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Mike Conaway – House Agriculture Chairman
Jack Dalrymple – Governor of North Dakota
Dennis Daugaard – Governor of South Dakota
Rodney Davis – Congressman from Illinois; House Agriculture Committee and Subcommittee Chair of Bio Tech
Mary Fallin – Governor of Oklahoma
Eddie Fields – Senator from Oklahoma; Chair Senate Ag and Rural Development
Steve Foglesong – Former President National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Jim Gilmore – Former Governor of Virginia; Chairman of Report on Terrorism and Agro-Terrorism
Bob Goodale – Former CEO of Harris Teeter
Bob Goodlatte – Congressman from Virginia; Former Chairman House Agriculture Committee
Mike Green – Senate Senator, Michigan; Appropriations Agriculture Chair; Senate Agriculture Committee Vice Chair
Helen Groves – Rancher; daughter of Robert Kleberg (King Ranch); well known in Texas/ranching world
Ron Heck – Iowa farmer and past President of the American Soybean Association
Dave Heineman – Former Governor of Nebraska
Hans Hunts – State Legislator, Wyoming; Wyoming House Ag Committee; rancher
Cindy Hyde-Smith – Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, Mississippi
Brent Jackson – State Senator, North Carolina
A.G. Kawamura – Former Sec. Food & Agriculture, California
John Kautz – California wine producer; CEO Ironstone Vineyards
Charlotte Kelley – Tennessee cotton grower along with her husband (14,000 acres) plus operates a cotton gin processing 30,000 plus bales and a leader in the cotton industry
Mark Killian – Commissioner of Agriculture, Arizona; farmer and rancher from Arizona
Brian Klippenstein – Protect the Harvest
Tsosie Lewis – Former CEO of Navaho Nation’s Agricultural Products Industries
Forrest Lucas – CEO Lucas Oil; Protect the Harvest
Mike McCloskey – CEO Fair Oaks Farms (one of the largest dairies in the United States)
Beau McCoy – State Senator, Nebraska; National Chair Council State Governments
Ted McKinney – Former Director of Global Corp. Affairs for Elanco Animal Health
Sid Miller – Commissioner of Agriculture, Texas
Jim Moseley – Former consultant on agriculture at EPA; Former Deputy Secretary of USDA
Brian Munzlinger – Chairman Missouri Senate Ag Committee
Casey Murdock – State Senate, Oklahoma
Tom Nassif – President Western Governors; Former Ambassador
Garry Niemeyer – Former President National Corn Growers
Bill Northy – Secretary of Ag. Iowa
Sonny Perdue – Former Governor of Georgia
Rick Perry – Former Governor of Texas
Ryan Quarles – Commissioner of Agriculture, Kentucky
Bruce Rastetter – Summit Ag Group of Alden, Iowa; Hosted first Republican Presidential debate
Jim Reese – Secretary of Agriculture for Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma
Larry Rhoden – State Senator, South Dakota; House Majority Leader and Senate Majority Whip; Chair Senate Ag Committee
Pete Ricketts – Governor of Nebraska
Pat Roberts – U.S. Senator, Kansas
Marcus Rust – CEO Rose Acre Farms (second-largest egg producer in the United States)
Leslie Rutledge – Attorney General, Arkansas; Co-Chair of the National Association of Attorney General Agriculture Committee and is married to a soybean producer
David Spears – Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Dole Ag Advisor; Senior Vice President, Mid-Kansas Cooperative, Inc.
Dr. Mike Strain – Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, Louisiana
Red Steagall – Official Cowboy Poet of Texas
Annette Sweeney – Former Iowa House Agriculture, Chair; farmer; agriculture advocate
Kip Tom – CEO, Tom Farms LLC (Largest agri-business farm operator in Indiana); operates farms in South America
Johnny Trotter – CEO of BarG (125,000 feedlot operation and farms 10,000 acres in Texas)
Steve Wellman – Former President of the American Soybean Association
Walt Whitcomb – Ag Commissioner, Main
John Wilkinson – Chairman, Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee Georgia State Senate
The bias of the OWH
The Nebraska Anti-Death Penalty group paid CU professor Ernie Goss for a study that concluded that when anti-death penalty people try to make it harder to execute someone, it costs way more for the state.
And the pro-Death Penalty peeps immediately pointed to an independent study by the state of Nebraska that concluded that the difference in cost was essentially negligible.
If you’re reading the Omaha World-Herald, you can see the following headline on the story:
Death penalty costs Nebraska about $14 million annually, finds study commissioned by capital punishment foes
And you can read down to paragraph 6 (!), that the pro-death penalty group disagrees.
But how about that poll put out by the pro-death penalty group a few days ago?
Let’s look again at that headline:
Death penalty backers release poll data finding public support in Nebraska; foes contest results
And in the lede paragraph, you’ll note that they show the Anti’s disagreeing with it, right away:
A group seeking to return capital punishment to Nebraska released poll results Sunday showing that Nebraskans supported the death penalty by a 2-1 ratio — a finding that was quickly contested by those who favor eliminating the death penalty.
See, the OWH knows that around 60% of people who read the paper, only read the headlines. And then after that, most only read a few paragraphs. By paragraph six? Heh, they’ll try to pass along some additional info, when they can get around to it.
This is your NEWSpaper folks.
Where you’re getting your daily info.
But always, always, always, always know that there is an agenda and they will pound away at it whenever they get the chance, whether you realize it or not.
ICYMI, the LJS did a lengthy story over the weekend about Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley. The gist of the story was about how Governor Pete Ricketts says that he never listens to Foley, and essentially keeps him locked in a pota-potty, until he needs him to cut a ribbon while the Gov is at a Cubs game.
Ha ha ha! Of COURSE he didn’t say that! He said he DEPENDS on Lt. Gov. Foley for his wise counsel and strategic thinking and homeland security, etc., etc. (Albeit, “quiet”.)
But the most interesting part was when Don Walton asked Ricketts if he’d keep Foley on the ticket in 2018:
So, does the governor view this as an eight-year partnership if Ricketts wins a second term in 2018, an election year when he once again will choose his running mate?
Yes, the governor said, “you would be hard-pressed to find someone with the experience that Mike has.”
Leavenworth St. has been hearing a while now of the strong possibility of Ricketts dumping Foley in favor of state Senator John Kuehn. Looks like that has been nipped in the bud.
NRtL for Trump
While some have been shaky on endorsing or have run the other direction, Nebraska Right to Life forged ahead and endorsed Donald Trump for President.
“The next President could be nominating from three to four U.S. Supreme Court Justices. As we have seen with the Court’s decision on the Texas abortion case, the ability of the pro-life movement to pass meaningful State restrictions is in jeopardy.
Moreover, the demeanor of the Court has shifted with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. We know what Planned Parenthood and NARAL friend Hillary Clinton will do to the Supreme Court.
Donald Trump on the other hand has already released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees which have passed scrutiny by two major conservative legal organizations. He has said he would defund the abortion industry, and is for the reversal of Roe v. Wade and returning the issue to the States. He has also reached out to faith-based leaders and pro-life, pro-family organizations to begin a dialogue regarding pro-life issues.”
Things to do in Denver…
Leavenworth St. referenced Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse’s speech to the Red State Gathering in Denver over the weekend. You can now see the entire speech here:
And then 11 minutes of the Q&A:
If you were looking for some details about Sasse’s opposition to Trump, or maybe how to defeat ISIS or his healthcare plans…you’re out of luck.
Lots of 10,000 feet views of “responsibility of government” stuff.
One thing someone tried to nail him down on in the Q&A was about what legislation he would like to pass. He named “national security strategy for cyber and jihad”, entitlement reform and job retraining as items he thinks should be at the forefront for Congress. However he notes that he would be unlikely to get to lead on any of those issues because he’s too junior.
Strangely, nothing about ObamaCare, as most would agree was his signature issue when running for the Senate (you’ll remember the NR cover of “ObamaCare’s Nemesis” and the giant printed out version of the ObamaCare legislation that he took to every campaign rally).
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