Trump announces Nebraskan, Charles W. Herbster, as National Ag Chair

Trump-HerbsterThe 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.

Heineman-Trump-McCoy“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

OWHFishwrapThe 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.

OK then.

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.

(Emphasis added.)

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.


Ricketts-Foley ’18

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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  1. Yikes says:

    Geez SS, you don’t put in bold that Governor Ricketts is on that same ag committee and constantly bring up him dumping foley, what did he do? Piss in your Cheerios?

  2. Mortified in Minden says:

    How embarrassing for the state of NE to have elected officials from the highest offices in our state line up to bask in the Orange Glo.

    For Christ’s sake – Palin, Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann, Cain, Huckabee, Carson, Cruz and Trump?
    And you people celebrate this grifters row of buffoonery? THIS is the cream that rises to the top!?

    Who’s next to ascend in the line of GOP luminaries folks, Honey Boo Boo?

    • Bluejay says:

      None of the Republicans you cited has taken millions in BRIBES.

      You Dems need to face up to the fact that Hillary is a criminal and she cannot be trusted. She now opposes TPP? Right. Just like she used to oppose SSM.

      And tell me about the mental state of a woman who allows her so-called husband to conduct hundreds of PUBLIC affairs with women over decades. She is debased and mentally unstable.

      Hillary: A criminal nut.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Trump’s ag committee is a giant hand-job. The WSJ calls out Trump for a idiot who should hand off the presidential nomination to Mike Pence by Labor Day, and THIS is what the Trump campaign does? I’ve reached the limit for the word “unbelievable.”

    • Oiled in Ord says:

      A hand job brought to you courtesy of the miraculous moisturizers and emancipative emollients found only in the soothing salve of Conklin’s Cosmological Creams – They’re Outta This World!

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  4. Seriously? says:

    Trump’s long list of agricultural advisors is either proof that he isn’t competent or he thinks the general public is stupid.

    A committee of eight, or twelve or even twenty might be able to come to some conclusions. A committee of sixty is just a con job. The fact that the list is heavy with politicians and bureaucrats makes it even more suspect.

    Trump didn’t name a committee on agriculture. He gave a list of potential donors and supporters.

  5. Isn't this the same says:

    Isn’t this the same Ernie Goss who said the Ralston Arena would be financially viable? How’s that turning out?

      • Sparkles says:


        Some encouraging news from the Lone Star state.
        PPP is out with an new poll showing HRC trails Trump by only 6… in Texas.

        And a statistic that should elicit sheer panic in Republicans across the nation –
        With voters under 65, Clinton leads Trump in Texas. 49-45.
        And when you look specifically at voters under 45, Clinton leads Trump 60-35.

        It is only the 65+ crowd that gives Trump his current lead in the Lone Star.

        What happens to those Texas elders if camp Clinton is effective in exposing the real, material ties of Trump and Manafort to one of America’s most treacherous antagonists – Vladmir Putin? Last I knew, elder conservative Texans hates them some Ruskies.
        And with today’s news that Team Trump has gone rogue, aligning with Breitbart and eschewing that silly notion about ‘pivoting’ Republicans have been demanding, it’s likely we’ll see a quickening of Republicans turning on Trump.

        I predict we’re about to witness internecine like never before seen.

        “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008.. ..“We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles, so the ones less likely to vote are the ones who support Hillary. She better have an extraordinary grass roots down there or the numbers mean nothing when turned or not turned, into votes.

  6. Chow Chow says:

    What are the odds Kintner resigns before Friday? If Kintner gets stripped of his legislative duties he’ll have more time to get free lunches from lobbyists. It’s a win win for him.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Most Nebraskans want lethal injection for murderers, the gas chamber for reporters, and public disembowelment for editors.

  8. Ricky says:

    Why on earth would these losers be seen on the same stage as Trump?
    God help us Nebraska when McCoy Heineman and Herbster represent on the national stage.

  9. The Grundle King says:

    Maybe Ben Sasse didn’t say anything about Obamacare because he can see the writing on the wall. Hillary Clinton will be president because the Republicans nominated the biggest goddamn dunce they could possibly find. Trump should be hitting at Clinton and Obama on ACTUAL issues, but instead he keeps doing Trump, saying stupid things, and handing the election to Hillary. It’s almost like it’s intentional…

    So, because Hillary will most likely be president, the Obamacare repeal is going nowhere. Any repeal bill will meet the same fate as all those that came before. They’ll either die in Congress, or at the tip of Hillary’s pen. Maybe Ben realizes it’s time to focus on things that can actually be accomplished.

    Of course, that would make him one of the few remaining pragmatists in the GOP…something for which he draws continual scorn from the blabbering legion of Trumpkins who have the attention span of a goldfish.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      This post hits the nail on the head 100%. It sums up exactly how I feel, only Grundle King says it better than I ever could. Thanks for this!

      • Sparkles says:

        The answer of course is easy. And elegant. A public option.
        A public plan to compete alongside private insurers in areas of the country where competition is limited.

        Obamacare has been hobbled by two forces.
        Number one, it was hobbled at the start by having to appease the Insurance and Pharma industries in order to secure initial passage.
        Number two, unlike any other major initiative in the history of our nation, the ACA has continually been hobbled by an ignoble, obstructionist, special interest owned Republican party. Every other major endeavor ever undertaken on the behalf of the citizenry of the United States has benefited from continual modification, enhancement and improvement over the years/decades following its passage.
        Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, SSI, etc.. even GW Bush’s Medicare Modernization Act… all have benefited from continual enhancement – with he exception of the ACA.
        Not only has the ACA not benefited, it has suffered from dozens of politically motivated attempts at sabotage, some successful.

        How t.f. does someone find cause for celebration.. in that?
        It serves as a good reminder of exactly why this current makeup of the Republican party needs to be discarded. A task Trump is achieving with great aplomb.

        Fair enough, GOP.
        The special interest groups that have rewarded you so handsomely for your obstruction, will now have the opportunity to compete head to head with the federal government.

        Thanks to Obama, Nancy Pelosi and others, the American people will ultimately win, the route to victory will simply be a bit more circuitous.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “The special interest groups that have rewarded you so handsomely for your obstruction, will now have the opportunity to compete head to head with the federal government.”

        You can’t really call it ‘head to head’ competition if the federal government has the advantage of funding such a program with both user fees (premiums and deductibles) AND tax dollars collected from people who are paying for non-public option insurance.

      • bynd says:


        Obama care still leaves more uninsured than it insures. Again, the left lowers the bar from what they said they would do and then they call it a success.

        All that money, and they can’t even get to 50%. And the 20 million they got are low hanging fruit as they say. GH is right. If the other 29 million were to sign up, it would all tank in a year, rather than 2 or 3. And all your complaints about what the obstacles to success are are just that, worthless complaints that mean nothing. The Dems were in charge and they screwed it up, again.

        There are better and cheaper ways. And why did the Dems who footed the bill for what a couple of years full pay Medicaid, not include all those eligible and leave the states out of it? The Dems deserted the Medicaid folks, not the Governors. The Pres has a pen and phone, to bad he doesn’t use them to help the least able themselves. But it is a good PR program to blame the Govs. by the Dems. Especially since the Repubs have a horrible PR machine.

      • Sparkles says:


        A more complete picture alters that tale of competition a bit.
        Exclusion from income and payroll taxes of employer and employee contributions for employer-sponsored insurance was estimated to cost the cost the federal treasury, hence the taxpayer, $250 billion in 2013.
        By comparison, the premium tax credits under the ACA were estimated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to cost @ $45 billion in 2014, increasing to $146 billion in 2017 as more individuals enrolled in subsidized coverage.
        And the latest numbers (June 2015) from the CBO show the repeal of ObamaCare would actually INCREASE the budget deficit by $353 billion over the next 10 years.

        It’s my understanding most concur that a public option would in fact deliver care more affordably, to more people.
        The vast majority of Americans would benefit from a public option, while a small number would indeed feel the pinch.
        Among that small number would certainly be private insurers.

  10. What a Jerk says:

    It looks like Kintner is still intent on digging his heals in.

    Now he’s complaining that Ernie is being mean to him. Ernie has been sending mean poems and pictures that he’s drawn of Wankin’ Willie to the other senators. And mean old Bob Krist is threatening to take away Wanker’s office, parking spot and staff. Mean Bob will probably even take away Wanker’s state issued computer.

    Wanker may think things will calm down shortly, but he’s wrong. Mean Jane Kleeb will probably have folks carrying signs with Ernie’s poems and pictures on them in front of Wanker’s house and church before it’s over with.

    The one bright spot is the ratings for the NET broadcasts of the Legislature should go way up. Once people hear the announcer say “this broadcast may contain adult subjects” they’ll start paying closer attention.

    • Anonymous says:

      People will probably watch the local news that have to work. Snippets of E. Chambers,an experienced actor{clown} on the legislative floor may provide the best pop, with Krist in a supporting role. The wont want too many people seeing too much of their act though because it’s JO’s after a JO

    • bynd says:

      So, the folks who condemn the protesting at the house and church of Carhart would use that tacit they condemn?

      Lordy, lordy.

  11. LJS reporting that the Executive Board will consider stripping (heh heh) Kintner of his office, staff, and parking. This seems a little much. OK, take away his office and staff, but depriving him of his parking is too cruel.

    • Anonymous says:

      There’s plenty of parking in Lincoln, just not where you want it to be. A walk will do Mr. Kintner good, give him time to clear his head through exercise and think about how in the hell he got himself into the mess he is in. And what to do next. Might want to talk to Jesus about that and LISTEN this time.

      And, no, the penalties from the Executive Committee are not too stringent, they are just right if not a little late.

      • I have to say, I just moved to downtown Lincoln, and the single biggest hassle was finding monthly parking. Both the city-owned and privately-owned garages have waiting lists stretching out to the heat-death of the universe. If anyone’s considering moving into downtown, make sure you can get a space before making an offer on the property.

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