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LEAD XXVIII fellows complete National Study/Travel Seminar


Members of Nebraska LEAD Group XXVIII recently returned from a 10-day National Study/Travel Seminar to Kansas City, Washington and Chicago.

The travel seminar began with a stop at the Kimmel Orchard and the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City, followed by a stop at Peru State College and the Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville. The sessions at Peru and Brownville focused on nuclear energy and served as the beginning of the intense study/travel seminar to three major cities in the United States, said Terry Hejny, director of the Nebraska LEAD Program.

In Kansas City, the group attended meetings at the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City Board of Trade, Bayer Crop Science, UMB Bank, Livestock Marketing Association, U.S. Premium Beef and Dairy Farmers of America. The group received briefings on the future of the greater Kansas City area, regional economics, rural development, livestock production issues, non-point source pollution, drinking water standards, pesticide use regulations and many other topics.

While in Washington, the group met with representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Corn Growers Association. They visited the Embassy of Estonia, the Pentagon, the White House Visitors Center and the U.S. Capitol.

Fellows visited the Adams County Extension office in Gettysburg, Penn., and received briefings on Pennsylvania agriculture and toured the Gettysburg National Battlefield and Mason-Dixon Farm. At the Mason-Dixon Farm, they observed a robotic milking parlor in this totally integrated dairy farm where even the waste materials are used for the production of electricity and fertilizer.

In Chicago, the group attended meetings at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, received briefings at the EPA on water and air pollution concerns in metropolitan areas, and toured the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The group also visited the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which was followed by a stop at John Deere World Headquarters in Moline, Ill.

Nebraska LEAD XXVIII Fellows are: Tony Anderson, Alma; Bryan Barrett, Gering; Beau Bearnes, Central City; Jess Brandes, Central City; Brian Brown, Central City; Greg Feather, Gothenburg; Paul Gangwish, Shelton; Gigi Gardner, Arthur; Jamie Graham, Alliance; Kevin Griess, Lincoln; Lindsey Hackel, Papillion; Sarah Heidzig-Kraeger, Falls City; Terry Horky, Sargent; Taia Huls, Chadron; Sheryl Kastanek, Crete; Stacey Korte, Omaha; Darren Nelson, St. Edward; Ernie Newquist, Aurora; Shannon Peterson, Gothenburg; Ward Reesman, Omaha; Ron Rose, Aurora; Joan Ruskamp, Dodge; Linda Schwarz, Bertrand; Jeff Shaner, Ft. Calhoun; Leslie Simonsen, Shickley; Martey Stewart, Dixon; Steve Tippery, Gretna; Al Vybiral, Wahoo; and Megan Williams, Ohiowa.

The Nebraska LEAD Program includes men and women currently active in production agriculture and agribusiness. The two-year leadership development program is under the direction of the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, in cooperation with the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

For more information or to request an application for Nebraska LEAD XXIX, contact the Nebraska LEAD Program, 318 Biochemistry Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb. 68583-0763 or by telephone at 402-472-6810. The application deadline is June 15.

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