Student Spotlight: Johnny Ference

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Johnny Ference
Johnny Ference
Hometown: Ord, Nebraska
Major: Agricultural Education
Minor: Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Entrepreneurship
Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2016

Why did you decide to come to UNL? 
When I was in high school I was involved with 4-H and FFA, the state competitions were always on East Campus. So, I already felt that UNL and East Campus was my home away from home. The quality of  agricultural programs offered in CASNR made it easy to choose UNL. Plus, the Saturdays in Memorial Stadium are always a perk!

What is your favorite thing about UNL? 
I love how the students, staff and faculty care about every student’s future! CASNR is a place that I will call home because of the friendships I have made with classmates and faculty during my college career. Everyone is here to help each other grow and it is great to see how everyone works together to better the university. Also the Dairy Store has 16 varieties of ice cream, during christmas I enjoy an eggnog ice cream at least twice a week.

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
Looking back to during my college career, my favorite class now was not my favorite class at the time! AECN 201, Farm and Ranch Management, was a class that taught me about the importance of knowing the financial side of an operation. I may have spent many nights reviewing the material, but reflecting on the class I know I will need that information during my future endeavors. 

What are your plans post-graduation? 
Currently I am selling seed for Channel Seed and have my own crop scouting business in my hometown of Ord.  I will be substituting at local school districts to continue my influence on the youth in rural Nebraska. Also I will pursue a master's in education administration and become a certified crop agronomist.

What is life like outside of school? 
Last year was crazy with being a CASNR ambassador and Nebraska Agriculture Youth Council head counselor, but now I am focusing my time on my business and CASNR Coffee Club. This organization is a group that I created to promote a better network among students, faculty and industries related to CASNR. I also enjoy playing guitar and singing my little heart out, and helping on the family farm in Loup City, Nebraska. Constantly I am working towards building relationships and creating friendships with anyone I meet! 


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