January 3, 2017

Nebraska Corn Board invests in ag leadership and literacy development


The Nebraska Corn Board was the first ag organization to commit funding for Raising Nebraska, the award-winning interactive experience on the grounds of the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. Open year round and staffed by a full-time Nebraska Extension educator, Raising Nebraska helps students, adults and consumers discover more about their food and the families who grow it. In 2016, the Nebraska Corn Board provided additional funding to create the interactive quiz game which features a competitive learning experience about GMOs.
The Nebraska Corn Board supports Ag in the Classroom, a flagship program of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation. Ag in the Classroom connects farmers and ranchers with elementary students, provides state-approved ag curriculum for Nebraska teachers, and presents dozens of educational programs across the state.

Corn checkoff funds support the LEAD program in Nebraska. Now in its 36th year, LEAD is a two-year experience for those involved in farming, ranching, agribusiness and related industries who wish to hone their leadership skills and become even better advocates for agriculture on a local, state and national level.

The Nebraska Corn Board donates a flex fuel van for use by Nebraska’s State FFA Officers as they travel across Nebraska visiting FFA chapters and participating in leadership training and educational activities.

DC Leadership Mission
Young farmers and students take part in the annual DC Leadership mission to our nation’s capital to meet with policy makers, learn about key agricultural organizations and see how the legislative process works. The mission is sponsored in part by the Nebraska Corn Board.

Corn & Soy Mentor Program
Each year, ten students are selected from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to take part in the Corn and Soy Collegiate Mentoring Program jointly funded by the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Soybean Board, Nebraska Corn Growers Association and Nebraska Soybean Association. A two-day industry tour is a highlight of the program, during which the students visit virtually every link along the food production chain—livestock operations, crop farms, seed genetics facilities, truck and rail transportation, and grocery retailers. Through the mentor program, students also learn about state and federal policy issues, the role of checkoffs and commodity membership organizations, and the breadth and scope of agriculture careers in Nebraska. They also are prepared to become well-spoken “agvocates” for Nebraska agriculture.

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