Symposium provides youth with leadership skills and career opportunities in beef industry

by Chandra Spangler | IANR News

High school students from Nebraska, Arizona, Kansas and Minnesota participated in the 17th annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium on Nov. 17-19 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
December 9, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —The 17th annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium was held Nov. 19-21 at the University of Nebraska Lincoln's Animal Science Complex.

The symposium connected youth from across Nebraska and beyond to introduce them to career opportunities and current issues in the beef industry, as well as offer education and practice in the use of leadership skills. Forty-three high school students from Nebraska and three additional states including Arizona, Kansas and Minnesota were in attendance this year. Since 2004, 680 students have participated in the event. “This was the 17th year that we have hosted NYBLS on campus, and it continues to be one of the youth events the participants look forward to the most every year,” said Alli Raymond, Animal Science Recruitment Coordinator. “The symposium is a way to broaden horizons for its participants and grow the beef industry through young people.”  

Eight $500 scholarships from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources were presented. Scholarship recipients include: Jaylea Pope, Ravenna; Dustin Andreason, St. Edward; Helene Keiser, Gothenburg; Rasine Bolek, Alliance; Noah Summers, Gibbon; Haley Mouser, Tenstrike, MN; Braden Benes, Albion; and Emily Samuelson, Palmer.  

This year, the symposium began with acclimating students to the beef industry. Attendees kicked off the symposium with an introduction to the beef industry from Bryan Reiling, associate professor of livestock production and management. After, participants had the opportunity to engage with industry professionals with programming related to beef production, carcass value and breakdown, beef palatability and flavor, nutritional value and food safety.