Crops, Irrigation, Livestock, Programming

Nebraska LEAD Program

Eleven years ago I met twenty-nine talented individuals with a passion of agriculture through the Nebraska LEAD program. To date, I remain friends with many of them and the networking opportunities have been tremendous. The in-state seminars challenged me to think outside of the box and remain an advocate for agriculture. I could go on and on about the excellent opportunities the LEAD program has provided, but I challenge you to experience it yourself!Fruit Market pic

The Nebraska LEAD Program is dedicated to building future Nebraska leaders so that our food and fiber system is preserved and enhanced. If you would like to be a part of the leadership necessary to chart the course . . . now and in the future, and you are presently involved in production agriculture or agribusiness, there will never be a better time to make application to the Nebraska LEAD Program. Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 38 are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness and are due on June 15. Up to 30 motivated men and women with demonstrated leadership potential are selected annually for the Nebraska LEAD Program. Generally the program is for people between the ages of 25-55 years of age.

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In addition to monthly three-day seminars throughout Nebraska from mid-September through late March each year, Nebraska LEAD Fellows also participate in a 10-day National Study/Travel Seminar during the first year and a two week International Study/Travel Seminar during the second year.

Content essential to leadership focuses on public policy issues, natural resources, community development, interpersonal skill development, communications, education, economics, and social and cultural understanding. Soon beginning its 39th year, the program is operated by the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, a nonprofit organization in collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and in cooperation with Nebraska colleges and universities, business and industry, and individuals throughout the state.

Applications are due no later than June 15 and are available via e-mail from the Nebraska LEAD Program.  Please contact Shana at sgerdes2@unl.edu.   You may also request an application by calling (402) 472-6810.

Nebraska LEAD Program offices are in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. If you are even thinking about applying, contact me and I’d be more than happy to share my experiences with you and visit with you about this life-changing opportunity!

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Nebraska LEAD Program

Ten years ago I met twenty-nine talented individuals with a passion of agriculture through the Nebraska LEAD program. To date, I remain friends with many of them and the networking opportunities have been tremendous. The in-state seminars challenged me to think outside of the box and remain an advocate for agriculture. I could go on and on about the excellent opportunities the LEAD program has provided, but I challenge you to experience it yourself!

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These are the amazing LEAD “fellows” I’ve had the chance to meet, many of whom I remain in contact with today. 

The Nebraska LEAD Program is dedicated to building future Nebraska leaders so that our food and fiber system is preserved and enhanced. If you would like to be a part of the leadership necessary to chart the course . . . now and in the future, and you are presently involved in production agriculture or agribusiness, there will never be a better time to make application to the Nebraska LEAD Program. Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 38 are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness and are due on June 15. Up to 30 motivated men and women with demonstrated leadership potential are selected annually for the Nebraska LEAD Program. Generally the program is for people between the ages of 25-55 years of age.

In addition to monthly three-day seminars throughout Nebraska from mid-September through late March each year, Nebraska LEAD Fellows also participate in a 10-day National Study/Travel Seminar during the first year and a two week International Study/Travel Seminar during the second year.

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Our LEAD group traveled to China, South Korea and Hong Kong. 

Content essential to leadership focuses on public policy issues, natural resources, community development, interpersonal skill development, communications, education, economics, and social and cultural understanding. Soon beginning its 38th year, the program is operated by the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, a nonprofit organization in collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and in cooperation with Nebraska colleges and universities, business and industry, and individuals throughout the state.

Applications are due no later than June 15 and are available via e-mail from the Nebraska LEAD Program.  Please contact Shana at sgerdes2@unl.edu.   You may also request an application by calling (402) 472-6810.

Nebraska LEAD Program offices are in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. If you are even thinking about applying, contact me and I’d be more than happy to share my experiences with you and visit with you about this life-changing opportunity!

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Helping Farmers & Small Businesses with Employee Relations

HR 4 Ag & Main Street

Many farmers, ranchers and other small business owners often have little to no training in human resources or leadership related training. This can make it difficult to serve as an effective supervisor and can lead to employee-relation issues. Nebraska Extension has just created a new program, HR 4 Ag and Main Street to help those business owners.Blog graphic.png

The HR 4 Ag & Main Street workshop is a three-hour face-to-face session created by Nebraska Extension and designed for farmers/ranchers and other agriculture and main street business owners. The goal of the program is to provide education on human resource management and human risk mitigation strategies to increase your farm, ranch, or other business’ resiliency and stability. Topics to be covered include: recruiting and retaining the best employees, pay and benefits, motivating and engaging employees, communication, building and leading your team, managing conflict, and more.

The program will be presented at four locations across Nebraska this winter in Norfolk, York, North Platte, and Scottbluff.

  • NORFOLK

Tuesday, January 19th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, at the Lifelong Learning Center. To register call: Northeast Research & Extension Center (402-379-4000)

  • YORK

Tuesday, January 26h from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, at the York County Extension Office. To register call: York County Extension Office (402-362-5508)

  • NORTH PLATTE

Thursday, January 28th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, at the West Central Research & Extension Center. To register call: West Central Research & Extension Center (308-696-6740)

  • SCOTTSBLUFF

Tuesday, February 9th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center. To register call: Panhandle Research & Extension Center (308-632-1230)

This program is made possible through a grant by the North Central Risk Management Education Center. For more information contact a HR 4 Ag team member:

  • Ben Dutton, Extension Educator – Red Willow County (308-345-3390)
  • Jessica G. Jones, Extension Educator – Johnson County (402-335-3669)
  • Tim Lemmons, Extension Educator – Northeast Research & Extension Center (402-370-4061)
  • Marilyn Schlake, Extension Educator – UNL Ag Economics Dept. (402-472-4138)
  • Brandy VanDeWalle, Extension Educator – Fillmore County (402-759-3712)
  • Aaron Yoder, Assistant Professor – University of Nebraska Medical Center (402-552-7240)
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Consider “LEAD”ing Others

As we close out other year and set new goals for 2015, remember it is important to “agvocate” for agriculture, even if its simply informing others what you do and how you are an environmental steward of the land, etc. One program which empowers individuals to become more educated on agricultural issues and improve their leadership skills is the Nebraska LEAD program.

My LEAD group XXVII went to China, South Korea and Hong Kong for our International Study Travel Seminar.
My LEAD group XXVII went to China, South Korea and Hong Kong for our International Study Travel Seminar.

Several years ago I met twenty-nine talented individuals with a passion of agriculture through the Nebraska LEAD program. To date, I remain friends with many of them and the networking opportunities have been tremendous. The in-state seminars challenged me to think outside of the box and remain an advocate for agriculture. I could go on and on about the excellent opportunities the LEAD program has provided, but I challenge you to experience it yourself!

Today’s pressing issues demand strong, able, informed leaders who not only excel in their chosen professions, but also in the areas of communications, political savvy and issues management. The Nebraska LEAD Program prepares leaders to face challenges with confidence. If you would like to be a part of the leadership necessary to chart the course now and in the future, and you are presently involved in production agriculture or agribusiness, there will never be a better time to apply to participate in the Nebraska LEAD Program.

Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 35 are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness and will be accepted until June 15. “Up to 30 motivated men and women with demonstrated leadership potential will be selected from five geographic regions across our state,” said Terry Hejny, Nebraska LEAD Program director.

In addition to monthly three-day seminars throughout Nebraska from mid-September through late March each year, Nebraska LEAD Fellows also participate in a 10-day National Study/Travel Seminar during the first year and a two week International Study/Travel Seminar during the second year. Content essential to leadership focuses on public policy, natural resources, community and economic development, communications, education, economics, and social and cultural understanding.

Soon beginning its 35th year, the program is operated by the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, a nonprofit organization in collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and in cooperation with Nebraska colleges and universities, business and industry, and individuals throughout the state.

Applications will be accepted until June 15 and are available via e-mail from the Nebraska LEAD Program office by contacting Lauren at lszalkiewicz2@unl.edu   You may also request application materials by writing to Room 318 Biochemistry Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68583-0763 or by calling (402) 472-6810.

Nebraska LEAD Program offices are in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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AgChat Foundation National Collegiate Congress

Some of you might remember my August article on my experience with the AgChat Foundation Conference in Austin, TX. It was a phenomenal experience and I hope to attend more in the future. Recently Jenny Schweigert from AgChat Foundation put out a press release on the 2015 AgChat Foundation National Collegiate Congress so I’ve decided to share some of that information in this week’s column as I hope area youth will take advantage of this great opportunity!AgChat

On January 17, 2015 at Dow AgroSciences’ headquarters a training workshop will “challenge passionate, agriculture, college-students across the U.S. to expand their social media experiences and shorten the bridge between consumers and their food.” An optional day on January 18th will provide touring at Fair Oaks Farms. This event will focus on providing college students and new graduates with tools to transform how they use both social media and in person interactions when engaging agriculture and food conversations”, according to Jenny Schweigert, AgChat Foundation’s Executive Director.

With support from Dow AgroSciences, National FFA and Animal Agriculture Alliance, the National Collegiate Congress will bring together 165 students to learn about extending their abilities to connecting with consumers. The event will include sessions on what consumers see and hear, how social media can be improved to tell a story when you are living on campus and away from the farm, how to use blogging, and what it means to make a consumer connection, both on and offline. Attendees can expect a strong focus on networking with other students and exchanging ideas on how to connect with fellow non-agriculture students on their campuses.

If you would like additional information about the AgChat Foundation or to schedule an interview, contact Jenny Schweigert at 309-241-8803 or email execdir@agchat.org.

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Leadership Education/Action Development

Several years ago I met twenty-nine talented individuals with a passion of agriculture through the Nebraska LEAD program. To date, I remain friends with many of them and the networking opportunities have been tremendous. The in-state seminars challenged me to think outside of the box and remain an advocate for agriculture. I could go on and on about the excellent opportunities the LEAD program has provided, but I challenge you to experience it yourself! The Nebraska LEAD program is accepting applications for LEAD Group 33.

My LEAD group XXVII went to China, South Korea and Hong Kong for our International Study Travel Seminar.
My LEAD group XXVII went to China, South Korea and Hong Kong for our International Study Travel Seminar.

Terry Hejny, director of the Nebraska LEAD program announced that “Up to 30 motivated men and women with demonstrated leadership potential will be selected from five geographic districts across our state. Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group 33 are available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness.

In addition to monthly three-day seminars throughout Nebraska from mid-September through early April each year, Nebraska LEAD Fellows also participate in a 10-day National Study/Travel Seminar and a two week International Study/Travel Seminar.

Seminar themes include leadership assessment and potential, natural resources and energy, agricultural policy, leadership through communication, our political process, global perspectives, nuclear energy, social issues, understanding and developing leadership skills, agribusiness and marketing, advances in health care and the resources and people of Nebraska’s Panhandle, Hejny said.

The Nebraska LEAD Program is designed to prepare the spokespersons, problem-solvers and decision makers for Nebraska and its agricultural industry.

In its 32nd year, the program is operated by the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, a nonprofit organization, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and in cooperation with Nebraska colleges and universities, business and industry, and individuals throughout the state.

Applications are due no later than June 15 and are available via e-mail from the Nebraska LEAD Program. Please contact Shana at sgerdes2@unl.edu.  You can also request an application by writing Room 318 Biochemistry Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68583-0763 or by calling 402-472-6810. You can visit the LEAD website for information about the selection process.

Nebraska LEAD Program offices are in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 Source: Terry Hejny, Ph.D., director, Nebraska LEAD Program

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LEAD 32 Application Deadline is June 15

As the number of individuals involved in agriculture continues to decrease, the need for highly trained, effective and articulate spokespersons and leaders in the agricultural industry becomes even more critical. 

As Terry Hejny, LEAD Program director said,  “Often people wait until their lives appear to slow down before contact them about LEAD, but waiting sometimes means the no longer fall into our preferred range of 25-55 years of age!  In other words now is the time to complete an application.

Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) applications are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness and are due on June 15.  If you are passionate about our industry I’d encourage you to apply.

The program will include monthly three-day seminars throughout Nebraska from mid-September through early April each year, LEAD Fellows also participate in a 10-day National Study/Travel Seminar to Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Chicago during the first year, and a two week International Study/Travel Seminar during the second year.

Seminar themes include leadership assessment and potential, natural resources and energy, agricultural policy, leadership through communication, our political process, global perspectives, nuclear energy, social issues, understanding and developing leadership skills, agribusiness and marketing, advances in health care, and the resources and people of Nebraska’s Panhandle.

Applications are due no later than June 15 and are available via e-mail from the Nebraska LEAD Program. Application materials can be requested by contacting Shana at sgerdes2@unl.edu, by calling (402) 472-6810.