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Welcome back to all the students attending one of our outstanding primary, secondary or post-secondary schools in Legislative District 24. I am very fortunate to represent so many exceptional educational institutions and hope to visit as many as I possibly can during this school year.
I also want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the teachers, administrators and support staff members for the role they have in educating our young people. I believe the most important gift we can give our young people and ensure a prosperous future is a quality education. We all benefit from their work. I wish everyone a safe, enjoyable and prosperous year.
As students return to school from their summer break, I thought it would be a good opportunity to provide an update on what we have been working on during the interim as we approach the first session of the one hundred and sixth Legislature.
During the last month, I had the pleasure of joining Governor Pete Ricketts in designating Polk and Seward Counties as Livestock Friendly. They become the 47th and 48th counties in Nebraska, respectively, to receive the designation. With them joining York County, which was the 38th county designated as Livestock Friendly in September of 2016, I can proudly say that I represent one of only a handful of completely Livestock Friendly legislative districts in Nebraska.
In the past, I have expressed my support for the program and have encouraged the expansion of it. Nebraska has an abundance of resources including grain, affordable power, accessible water and available processing. Unfortunately, we continue to lag behind neighboring states in livestock development. A University of Nebraska study found there is room to grow livestock production in Nebraska, and the potential economic impact, especially on local tax rolls, is tremendous.
As always, if we can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My door is open and I have made it a goal to be accessible to the constituents of our district. Please stop by any time. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and the office phone number is 402-471-2756. Todd and Katie are always available to assist you with your needs. If I am not immediately available, please do not hesitate to work with them to address any issues that you may need assistance.