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Previously I wrote about my support of the York County Board of Commissioners working to designate York County as a “Livestock Friendly” county. I am excited to report that York County was officially designated as “Livestock Friendly” earlier this week. I was excited to be in York County with members of the York County Board, Director of Agriculture Greg Ibach, Lt. Governor Mike Foley, and members of the farming community as they officially proclaimed York County “Livestock Friendly”.
Serving on the Agriculture Committee, I have heard from countless young men and women who want the opportunity to come back and be a part of their family farms. With the price of land today, it’s often times hard to find a way to bring a child back to the farm – and many farmers are starting to utilize livestock operations as a way to start another generation of farmers as part of the family operation. Counties that designate as “Livestock Friendly” not only send a clear message that they are open for business, creating an environment for growth, they also exhibit the potential to grow their local tax base. A 2014 University of Nebraska study suggests that there is much room to grow livestock production in Nebraska, and that the potential economic impact on the state’s economy could be tremendous. For these reasons I support the expansion of this program and encourage other counties to consider it.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to my new Legislative Aide, David Slattery. David comes to my office after having served three years as the Legislative Aide for Senator Colby Coash. Other political experience for David includes working for Senator Lydia Brasch, the Mike Johanns for U.S. Senate campaign, and several years in Washington, D.C., as a Legislative Bill Clerk for the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. I’ve had the opportunity to work with David on a number of pieces of legislation during the past year and a half and I have been extremely impressed by his work ethic, his attention to detail, and his engagement in the legislative process. I’m excited to have him on board and know he is going to be a great member of our team.
Finally, I want to thank you for the continued support you have provided our family during the past several months as we learned about my wife Suzanne’s pancreatic cancer and as she began treatments. So many of you have reached out with your kind words, good wishes, and to share with us that you have us in your prayers. We have felt those prayers and I am happy to report that Suzanne is responding well to the treatment she has been receiving. She is getting stronger every day! My daughters Jessica and Jennifer have set up a Caring Bridge website and you can follow Suzanne’s journey at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/suzannekolterman. This website allows you to sign up for updates on Suzanne. We are so humbled by the outpouring of support from the 24th legislative district. Suzanne is feeling your prayers and we are all strengthened by them! Thank you!
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. David 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. Please continue to follow me on Facebook at Kolterman for Legislature and on Twitter at @KoltermanforLegislature.