Nebraska's Ag LEADers

Nebraska's Ag LEADers

June 6, 2016

The Nebraska LEAD Program began 35 years ago to develop agricultural leaders for Nebraska's future generations. The constant changes that occur in agricultural policy, marketing, economics and technology point to the need for strong leaders to advocate for the heart of Nebraska's economy – agriculture. Now in its third decade of forming pioneering agricultural leaders, the organization has evolved into one of the nation's premier agricultural leadership development programs.

The program is aimed at adults who want to be leaders in agriculture. The participants focus on local, state, and national issues in the agricultural field by traveling across the country and world. 

Terry Hejny, the Nebraska LEAD Program Director, says that some of the benefits include gaining a network of friends and experts in agriculture, refining public speaking skills, and a self-confidence boost.

The program is recognized both statewide and nationally as an innovative organization that has improved Nebraska in many ways. For example, many members of commodity boards, extension boards, local school boards, or local church councils, count themselves among our 950+ alumni. It is suggested that interested people reach out to alumni – encourage them to describe their LEAD experiences, take the time to learn what they have accomplished since graduating to serve their local community, our state or our nation, etc. Nebraska LEAD is confident that you will be impressed with their responses. If you cannot locate a past participant or have other questions, contact Shana at sgerdes2@unl.edu or 402-472-6810. They are here to help – as your LEAD resource.

Story courtesy of Nebraska LEAD.

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