Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

Governor aspires to ‘keep Neb. in good shape for the future’

WAUSA — Though the economy hit a proverbial “rough patch” this past year, Gov. Dave Heineman said Nebraska has been enduring it better than most other states.

Heineman believes the state has been able to endure largely due to the dedication and hard work of the people here. He offered words of praise and thanks to rural Nebraskans during his Feb. 16 speech at the 2013 Knox County Cattlemen’s Banquet.

“It’s because of you that we are in much better shape, we are going to continue to be in better shape,” he said. “That’s why I am proud to tell everybody all the time, I am proud to be the governor of the best state in the United States because of all of you.”

During his half hour address to a crowd of about 150 people, Heineman spoke about matters at the state and federal level, the first of which was agriculture.

Agriculture is the most important industry in the state, and has been highly beneficial, Heineman said. He then shared a few statistics about the state being third nationally in corn production, sixth in soybean production, and the second leading ethanol producer in the U.S.

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