I am a Nebraska native, growing up in southeast Nebraska on a diversified family farm. I attended UNL and received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and master of arts in adult and continuing education with a human resource development emphasis. I returned to our home area with my husband after college where we raised our family and have been partners on the McClure family farm. I started my career with the USDA as an agricultural lender and as a farm business consultant for the university’s Nebraska Farm Business Association. From there I’ve held positions as an agri-business instructor, tech prep coordinator and staff development coordinator at Southeast Community College. A majority of my career has involved small business and entrepreneurial development, holding positions with the Center for Rural Affairs – REAP program, the Nebraska Enterprise Fund, in community affairs with the Kansas City Federal Reserve – Omaha branch and with economic development in Gage County.
What is your position at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
Extension educator – farm and ranch management analyst in the Department of Agricultural Economics. My primary focus is to lead work on crop and livestock budgets and projects like the Nebraska custom rates survey for the department.
What drew you to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
UNL is my alma mater. My education and prior work experiences have played a significant part in shaping my career. Now that I’m at the university working in agricultural economics and extension, I’ve come back nearly full circle in my career. I can draw from many real-life agricultural and small business experiences that relate to the work that I’m doing for extension and the department now.
What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?
I believe the information and research provided by the Department of Agricultural Economics is critical to assist farmers and ranchers with financial decision-making to improve the likelihood of success for their operations. I’m glad to be on the team with other specialists and educators doing outreach across Nebraska with pertinent, researched information.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Helping others start and grow their business, do what they love and seeing many of them succeed has been great! I’ve been blessed to do a variety of things in my career. As I have the opportunity to travel around Nebraska, I can reflect on the small businesses and ag producers across the state that I served in the past with business planning, tax assistance, and in many cases, small business financing.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
I’m a breast cancer survivor. The disease was discovered at my first mammogram when I was 40 years old. It was life changing and provided a different life perspective at that time. It is important to stay current with medical checkups, be health conscious and live each day in gratitude.
What is your life like outside of work?
As a farm wife and business partner, there is always plenty to do on our farm outside of my off-farm career. We raise breeding stock poultry that produce eggs for hatching. Production from our farm, several generations forward, supplies a significant amount of eggs for protein consumption worldwide. I enjoy vegetable and flower gardening, golfing and keeping up with activities of four grandsons. My husband, Ed, and I love Husker athletics, doing community volunteer work and assisting in our church.