Nebraska Lead 33 Travels to the United Arab Emirates, Nepal and India

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    Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 23, 2015 --Twenty eight Nebraska LEAD 33 fellows recently returned from the 2015 International Study/Travel Seminar to the United Arab Emirates, Nepal and India.
    “Our international study is designed to provide firsthand appreciation and understanding of our international community and the potential for people of all nations to work together,” said Terry Hejny, Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Program director and group leader.
    During the Jan. 4-22 seminar, LEAD fellows participated in briefings with U.S. Foreign Service officials in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and New Delhi, India, including sessions with Ethan Goldrich, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Abu Dhabi, and Jonn Slette, senior attache for agricultural affairs, and Paul Frost, commercial officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi. The LEAD fellows also met with American business, agricultural trade and commodity groups, and visited several farm operations. Additionally, LEAD Fellows were able to meet in India with officials of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Pusa Institute in Delhi; the National Dairy Research Institute near Ludhiana; and Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana.
    “The people-to-people encounters provided the members of Nebraska LEAD Group 33 an opportunity to view characteristics, conditions and trends of the United Arab Emirates, Nepal and India and determine relationships to issues and situations in our country,” Hejny said. “Through this experience participants develop techniques in identifying comparisons and contrasts of the countries we recently studied in areas such as politics, economics, energy, religion, culture and history as well as technology, trade, food, art and philosophy.”
    The Nebraska LEAD Program includes men and women, currently active in production agriculture and agribusiness and is a two-year leadership development program under the direction of the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, in cooperation with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
    For more information, or to request an application for Nebraska LEAD 35, contact the Nebraska LEAD Program, 318 Biochemistry Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-0763, telephone 402-472-6810 or email Shana Gerdes at The application deadline is June 15.
    Nebraska LEAD 33 Fellows by hometown:

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

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