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Members of Nebraska LEAD Group XXX recently returned from a 10-day National Study/Travel Seminar to Kansas City, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Among the group was Doug Beck of Grant.
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 U.S. cities, 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, 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, D.C., 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, National Corn Growers Association, met with Sen. Ben Nelson and Sen. Mike Johanns, participated in the Nebraska Congressional Breakfast, and visited the Embassy of Australia, the Pentagon, the White House Visitors Center and the U.S. Capitol.
Fellows toured the Gettysburg National Battlefield, Eisenhower Farm and Mason-Dixon Farms.
At the Mason-Dixon Farms, they observed a robotic milking parlor in this totally integrated dairy farm where even the waste materials are used to produce electricity and fertilizer.
In Chicago, the group attended meetings at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, received briefings at the Environmental Protection Agency 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 tour of John Deere’s Harvester Works and Seeding Division, including a visit to John Deere World Headquarters in Moline, Illinois.
Nebraska LEAD XXX Fellows are: Jamie Bauman, Lincoln; Doug Beck, Grant; Kris Beckler, Seward; Dale Brandstetter, Lincoln; Tami Campbell, Grand Island; Helen Cool, Gothenburg; Mary Eisenzimmer, Big Springs; Jennifer Engle, Fairmont; Daren Englund, Holdrege; Helen A. Feller, Wisner; Kevin R. Gutshall, Falls City; Loren Haselhorst, Randolph; David Hogsett, Lamar; Adam Howard, Nebraska City; Ryan Koinzan, Neligh; Jeff Kraft, Verdigre; Rebecca Kreikemeier, Bellwood; Janita R. Kube, Crofton; Chandler Mazour, Gothenburg; Darci McGee, Nelson; Deb Neidig, Madison; Scott Nelson, Newman Grove; Jason Perdue, York; Phil Ramsel, Grand Island; Aaron Raymond, Lincoln; Marvion Reichert, Elm Creek; Kelli Shaner, Ft. Calhoun; Matt Stockton, North Platte; and Connie Wichman, Pender.
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 Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
For more information, or to request an application for Nebraska LEAD XXXI, contact the Nebraska LEAD Program, 318 Biochemistry Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-0763, by telephone at (402) 472-6810 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The application deadline is June 15.