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Nebraska LEAD XXIX fellows travel to South America

KIDS--Scott Wagner of Hooper interacts with some children in Managua, Nicaragua. (Courtesy photo.)


Twenty-eight Nebraska LEAD XXIX Fellows participated in the 2011 International Study/Travel Seminar to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

During the Jan. 12-25 seminar, LEAD Fellows attended briefings at the U.S. embassies and met with American business, agricultural trade and commodity groups.

LEAD Fellows also were able to observe agricultural production with visits to farms and ranches, along with briefings at agricultural cooperatives and research centers.

The international study is designed to provide first-hand appreciation and understanding of the international community and the potential for people of all nations to work together, said Terry Hejny, Nebraska LEAD Program director and group leader.

"The people-to-people encounters provided the members of Nebraska LEAD Group XXIX an opportunity to view characteristics, conditions and trends of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama 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, religion, culture, and history as well as technology, trade, food, art and philosophy."

LEAD XXIX Fellows that participated in alphabetical order are: Lee Andersen, Hemingford; Ryan Betka, Omaha; Sara Borgelt, Wisner; Bob Broweleit, Seneca; Tim Cada, Clarkson; Justin Childears, North Platte; Josh Chrisman, McCool Junction; Suzanne Czarnick, Genoa; Krista KP Dittman, Raymond; Andy Dunn, Falls City; Marc Ericksen, Seneca; Craig Fix, Cortland; Keith Heithoff, Elgin; Deanna Karmazin, Lincoln; Keith Keller, Harvard; Tim Lewandowski, Ravenna; Vernyce Olcott, Burwell; Zoe Olson, Lincoln; Becky Randall, Gering; Curt Rickertsen, Lexington; Ron Stech, Osmond; Mark Stock, St. Edward; Michael Thomas, Ogallala; Scott Wagner, Hooper; Leigh Wakulinski, Hartington; Cody Weitzenkamp, Hooper; Bruce Williams, Morse Bluff and Phil Zochol, Alliance.

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 XXXI, contact the Nebraska LEAD Program at 318 Biochemistry Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb. 68583-0763, call 402-472-6810 or e-mail Shana at sgerdes2@unl.edu. The application deadline is June 15.

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