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It is a real treat for me and my wife Virginia to be with you in Scottsbluff today. Like you, Virginia and I have roots in our nation's High Plains - it's just that our roots first were planted further south, in the High Plains of Texas, where we grew up. I consider it a real pleasure to have this opportunity to join Chuck Hibberd and all who are part of the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in welcoming you here.
I'm delighted to join you here at the Panhandle center for several reasons. First off, I welcome this opportunity to meet and visit with you. I look forward to hearing what you have to say. Getting to know and talk with Nebraska's residents is one of the real pleasures of my new job, and has been since I started in January. I want to know what you identity as Nebraska's and Nebraskans' needs. I want to know what you dream for yourselves and your children. I want to know what you see as the greatest challenges facing agriculture, natural resources, people and communities in Nebraska now, and in the coming years. I want to know how you think the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources can assist Nebraska in meeting its needs and realizing its dreams.