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Agricultural Leadership – LEAD Program

As a LEAD 27 participant, our class traveled to China, South Korea & Hong Kong!

 LEAD Application Deadline is June 15

As the number of individuals involved in agriculture continues to decrease—and the challenges continue to increase—the need for highly trained, effective and articulate spokespersons and leaders in the agricultural industry becomes even more critical. If you would like to be a part of the leadership necessary to chart the course . . . now and in the future, and you are presently involved in production agriculture or agribusiness, there will never be a better time to make application to the Nebraska LEAD Program.

Fellowship applications for Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) Group XXXI (31) are now available for men and women involved in production agriculture or agribusiness and are due on June 15. Up to 30 motivated men and women who are passionate about our industry will be selected from five geographic areas of the state.

In addition to monthly three-day seminars throughout Nebraska from mid-September through early April each year, Nebraska LEAD Fellows also participate in a 10-day National Study/Travel Seminar to Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Chicago during the first year, and a two week International Study/Travel Seminar during the second year.

Seminar themes include leadership assessment and potential, natural resources and energy, agricultural policy, leadership through communication, our political process, global perspectives, nuclear energy, social issues, understanding and developing leadership skills, agribusiness and marketing, advances in health care, and the resources and people of Nebraska’s Panhandle.

The Nebraska LEAD Program is designed to prepare the spokespersons, problem-solvers and decision makers for Nebraska and its agricultural industry. In its 30th year, the program is operated by the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council, a nonprofit organization, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and in cooperation with Nebraska colleges and universities, business and industry, and individuals throughout the state.

Applications are due no later than June 15 and are available via e-mail from the Nebraska LEAD Program. Application materials can be requested by contacting Shana at sgerdes2@unl.edu, by calling (402) 472-6810, or by writing Room 318 Biochemistry Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68583-0763.

As a graduate of LEAD XXVII, I would highly recommend anyone even thinking about applying to visit with me and I’ll share more personal insights on this excellent program. I can attest to the high quality and how its helped improve my leadership skills and confidence and made me more aware of important issues and opportunities to continually improve myself and knowledge.

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