Color of the year

Every new year there is a very important announcement that comes out at the beginning of the year.... more


Braymer Bait

I started out in the cattle business south of the Little Ear Parallel. ... more


Prioritizing rural America

To kick off 2018, the American Farm Bureau welcomed President Trump to their annual meeting.... more

Then and now

A long time ago, when I was a lad, I had the opportunity to help my parents out of a slight jam.... more


Just go to bed

You know all those “national days of whatever” that I’m always telling you about? Well, I’ve finally come up with one of my own. It’s “National Just Go to Bed Night”.... more


Things you can count on

• As soon as you load your horse in the trailer he will take a dump.... more


2017 was a productive year

There is a lot of work ahead in the new year. Before we undertake a fresh set of challenges, it is good to take stock of the many positive outcomes and accomplishments of 2017. ... more

More Sublimation

I wrote a bit about nighttime sublimation last week, and in passing I mentioned daytime sublimation as well.... more


2017-A year to forget

The U.S. at that time has been remembered as a “royal” time. It was the age of Camelot. ... more


Trip down memory lanes highlights march to the future

Wow, 2018? How did that happen? ... more

Considerations by cold moonlight

At 3 o’clock in the morning on the third day of the new year, I bundle my freshly laundered bedsheets, trudge through the crusty, sun- and wind-burnished snow, and hang the sheets on the clothesline.... more


Things to do

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is traditionally pretty quiet. This is because the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over and the whooping of New Year’s Eve hasn’t yet begun. Nobody really knows what to do.... more


Down on the farm

It’s Christmas time again in the city. ... more


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Tax Code

It is hard to believe 2017 is coming to a close.... more

Smokes and wildflowers

I took a part time winter job this year, as I always do. Well, almost always. Last year I was fighting a bone infection so I spent the winter on my backside.... more


Not so simple

Christmas is a time when people celebrate the birth of Christ. Simple, right? But when you consider a few things, it’s not so simple.... more


What’s Christmas to a Cow?

I know you’ve prob’ly asked yourself, what’s Christmas to a cow?... more


‘Tis the season of good news for the economy

This is the season of good news, and the economic potential we are currently seeing in our country is no exception. ... more



Summer faded slowly, oh-so-slowly, into a lingering, mostly pleasant autumn this year. ... more


Letter to the Editor; December 15, 2017

Rep. Smith is right on target as to what this nation needs in the upcoming farm program, but what he does not address is how this new farm bill will be funded. ... more


Don’t be a Grinch

Ever since I was a little kid, the Grinch has been almost as big a part of Christmas as Santa Claus.... more


The Dog and the Rabbit

Have you ever been embarrassed by yer good dog?... more


Empowering Individuals

Empowering people to achieve independence and productivity is our mission on the Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, of which I serve as chairman.... more

Day and night, bits and pieces

The sun is three hours gone and the waning super moon has yet to make an appearance. The night sky is inky black and spangled with hard pinpoints of starlight.... more


Hunting Camp Cook

Fall is hunting season. ... more


Farm Bill Priorities

Tax reform is our main focus in Congress right now, and many beneficial provisions for the agriculture economy are advancing with this effort. ... more


The shortest day of the year

We’re nearing the winter solstice and it can’t get here fast enough, if you ask me. The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, is Dec. 21. ... more


The right tool for the job

Clark owned a small dairy farm in Delaware. Thinking to add to his larder, he bought a black steer at Dill’s auction down the road to fatten a beef for the family.... more


Tax reform promises benefits for agriculture

The House passage of the tax reform bill is an important milestone, but there is still a lot of work to be done. ... more

Enjoy it while you can

A dozen or so years ago, as autumn provided an especially lovely October day just ahead of a pending winter storm, I wrote about every season having a “last, best day.” This year autumn seemed to linger. ... more


Mounds of gopher facts

Remember a few years ago when it seemed like the field mice had taken over the world?... more



It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S.A. Canada had theirs in October. Good neighbors, we are. It is something both countries can be thankful for. Either one of us could have moved in, only to find North Korea or Syria lived next door. ... more


Wishing Nebraskans a blessed Thanksgiving

Over these past few weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, I have been working day after day on tax reform.... more

A time to give thanks

The other evening in Kimball, an elderly fellow -- 81 years old -- stopped at a local convenience store for fuel. He was driving from Nevada to Michigan. ... more



It’s snowing in England.... more


Cold Feet

Yer lookin’ at a feller with no tennis shoes, a ’76 GMC pickup, an outhouse and a learning permit for a cell phone.... more


Tax reform moves forward

Simplifying our broken tax system is no easy task, but we know Americans need relief. ... more

Fences, gates and hunters

A very long time ago I took a mandatory hunter safety course in school. It was obviously a very long time ago, for such a thing is no longer possible in today’s school systems. Back then, hunter safety was part of the curriculum in junior high physical education.... more


Veterans Day

This weekend we celebrate Veterans Day, arguably the most important holiday we have. Our military vets should be honored, celebrated and fed a good steak, and not just on Veterans Day. ... more


Moose Alert

Many of the animals rights groups give awards to citizens who perform good deeds on behalf of animals.... more


Thank you, veterans, for answering the call

When the calendar flips to November, it is inspiring to see communities throughout the Third District host ceremonies and parades to honor the Nebraskans who have served our country. ... more


A Veterans Day message

And so another Veterans Day has come. Tomorrow (Saturday) will be Nov. 11.... more


A fickle month

November is a strange month. It has a lot of good things going for it, such as Thanksgiving, but it also has some things going against it, such as the first taste of winter. ... more


The Supersalesman

Slicker’n deer guts on a doorstep.... more


Trump administration better for biofuels

As we approach the holiday season, many Nebraskans are planning their travels. Increased fuel demand is a reminder of how important it is for our country to utilize every available energy source, as more choices for consumers typically lead to lower costs.... more


Rumination and other bovine thoughts

If you’ve ever owned or worked around cattle, you’ve probably had occasion to wonder what they’re thinking.... more


Eat your bacon

You just can’t believe anything you read these days. Recently I read two headlines in the same day. ... more


Festus and Coon

Doc had escaped his busy Omaha practice and met his friend Stevo west of Eustace for a little sport. “Ever hunted coon on one of these?” Doc asked as he jumped two mules outta the back of his pickup stock racks.... more


Reminders of Reagan on tax reform

As our united effort to overhaul the tax code continues this fall, we are reminded of what took place 31 years ago when President Ronald Reagan signed the last comprehensive tax reform bill into law on October 22, 1986.... more

Cow-calf commentary: The idiot stick

In Audie Murphy’s WWII memoir, To Hell and Back, he recounts the story of a working party of soldiers sent out into no-man’s land in the middle of the night to bury a couple of dead cows.... more