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NDA announces new Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council members


The Nebraska Department of Agriculture announced the selection of the members of the 2012-2013 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council.

The NAYC is entering its 42nd year with the installation of the new Council members. This year's Council is comprised of 19 college-aged men and women that exhibit a passion for agriculture and educating others about the agricultural industry.

The Council is responsible for coordinating several agricultural learning experiences for Nebraska youth including: visiting elementary classrooms to discuss where food comes from, taking urban youth to experience farms and what a day in the life of a farmer is like and visiting with high school students from across the state. The primary focus of the NAYC is to coordinate the annual Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute, a five-day conference for current high school juniors and seniors.

According to NDA Public Information Officer and NAYC Adviser Christin Kamm, "The members of the NAYC each exhibit a passion for the agricultural industry and a desire to educate others about agriculture. The effort put forth by these young adults is inspiring, and I look forward to seeing this year's Council members implement new ideas and educate even more people about agriculture."

2012-2013 Council Members include the following:

Gavin Kenney is serving as head counselor. He will assist in the day-to-day coordination of all NAYC activities, as well as NAYI 2013. Gavin is the son of Paul and Angie Kenney of Amherst.

Haley Harthoorn is also serving as head counselor. Haley is the daughter of Barry and Sue Harthoorn of Ainsworth.

Emily Ibach is the daughter of Greg and Teresa Ibach of Sumner. She is serving as the NAYC president.

Evan Ibach is the son of Greg and Teresa Ibach of Sumner. He is serving as the NAYC secretary.

Jud Hoffschneider is the son of Scott and Jennifer Hoffschneider of Arlington. He is serving as the chair of the Promotion Committee.

Alyssa Dye is the daughter of Bart and Kathy Dye of Alliance. She is serving as the chair of the Social Media and Technology Committee.

Michelle Dvoracek is the daughter of John and Robyn Dvoracek of Elba. She is serving as the chair of the NAYI Improvement Committee.

Lauren Ibach is the daughter of Todd and Barbara Ibach of Sumner. She is serving as the chair of the Youth Outreach Committee.

Will Miller is the son of John and Karen Miller of Culbertson. He is serving as the chair of the Sponsorship and Alumni Relations Committee.

Bryce Dibbern is the son of Billy and Karen Dibbern of Amherst.

Emma Likens is the daughter of Tim and Sue Likens from Swanton.

Trent Mastny is the son of Brian and Joan Mastny from Howells.

Devin Heusinkvelt is the son of Myron and Jeanette Heusinkvelt from Cortland.

Aksel Wiseman is the son of Robert and Sara Wiseman from Hershey.

Steven Fish is the son of Mark and Kathy Christensen from Imperial.

Larissa Wach is the daughter of Loran and Nancy Wach from Wauneta.

Katie Holoubek is the daughter of Mark and Willow Holoubek of David City.

Samantha Schneider is the daughter of Jason and Jennifer Schneider from Cozad.

Brennan Costello is the son of Steve and Becky Costello from Gothenburg. He is serving as an ex-officio member of the NAYC after his recent selection as a National FFA Officer.

To learn more about the NAYC or NAYI, please visit the NAYI web page at or search for Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute on Facebook.

Date: 12/31/2012


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