Nebraska LEAD 33 Travels to Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Chicago

Feb. 18, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — Twenty-eight Nebraska LEAD 33 Fellows recently returned home after participating in a 10-day National Study/Travel Seminar conducted by the Nebraska LEAD Program Feb. 5-14.

Terry Hejny, director of the Nebraska LEAD Program, served as group leader for the study/travel seminar to Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

During the seminar, Nebraska LEAD Fellows met with business, industry and government leaders. Several highlights included visits to the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, the Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 in Kansas City and Region 5 in Chicago, the CME Group, American Farm Bureau Federation, the Embassy of the Philippines and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

LEAD 33 Fellows also met with Sen. Mike Johanns and Sen. Deb Fischer, who was a member of Nebraska LEAD Group Eight. Included in this years' experience was a briefing and factory tour of the John Deere operations in Moline, Ill.

A major objective of the study/travel seminar is to provide participants with the opportunity to meet leaders who help shape local, state, and national policy in agriculture and related areas and to create first-hand exposure to varied social and economic conditions/issues that exist in the United States. The mission of the Nebraska LEAD program is "to prepare and motivate men and women in agriculture for more effective leadership" and is designed to speed up the leadership process.

Nebraska LEAD 33 Fellows in alphabetical order are: Jason Arp, Kennard; Chris Bender, Burwell; Keith Borer, Elgin; Ryan Brodersen, Randolph; Matt Broz, Hayes Center; Pete Dixon, Pleasanton; Matt Dolch, Lincoln; Nathan Dorn, Hickman; Brooke Engelman, Jansen; Nick Fowler, Imperial; Wayne Frederick, Amelia; Brad Heinrichs, Bruning; Nate Hughes, Geneva; Jessica Johnson, Scottsbluff; Tim Johnson, Doniphan; Chad McDaniel, Roca; Anne Meis, Elgin; Jolene Messinger, McCook; Jeff Moon, Kearney; Alex Peterson, Haigler; Michael Ann Relka, Mitchell; Jon Root, Central City; Kenny Smith, Omaha; Mark Suhr, Seward; Jake Tollman, Grand Island; Jess Waddell, Sutton; Calvin Wineland, Cambridge; and Barry Young, Clatonia.

The Nebraska LEAD Program includes men and women, currently active in production agriculture and agribusiness. The Nebraska LEAD Program is a two-year leadership development program under the direction of the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council and in cooperation with the University of Nebraska's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Program content, essential to leadership focuses on economics, government, human relations, communications, international trade, sociology, education, the arts, social-cultural understandings as well as agriculture.For more information, or to request an application for Nebraska LEAD 34, contact the Nebraska LEAD Program, 318 BioChem Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-0763 or telephone 402-472-6810. For more information about the selection process or to request an application, visit their website at  Application deadline is June 15, 2014.

Terry Hejny, Ph.D.
Nebraska LEAD Program
402-472- 6810

Sandi Alswager Karstens
IANR News Service