Nebraska LEAD Program Fellow Jenny Penny of Decatur returned home recently after participating in a 10-day national study/travel seminar. The trip, held , February 6-15, 2019, was conducted by the Nebraska LEAD Program. Dr. Terry Hejny, director of the LEAD program served as group leader for the study/travel seminar to Kansas City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

During the seminar, Nebraska LEAD Fellows met with business, industry and government leaders. Several highlights included visits to the Federal Reserve Bank and Dairy Farmers of America in Kansas City; American Farm Bureau Federation, the Canadian embassy, University of the District of Columbia, and the Nebraska Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C.; and, in Chicago, Nufarm Americas, Inc., the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Also included in this year’s experience were briefings and factory tours of the John Deere operations in Moline, Ill.

The mission of the Nebraska LEAD program is “to prepare and motivate men and women in agriculture for more effective leadership” and is designed to speed up the leadership process.

A major objective of the study/travel seminar is to provide participants with the opportunity to meet leaders who help shape local, state, and national policy in agriculture and related areas. The intent is to create first-hand exposure to varied social and economic conditions/issues that exist in the United States.

The Nebraska LEAD Program includes men and women, currently active in production agriculture and agribusiness. It is a two-year leadership development program under the direction of the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council in cooperation with the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Program content essential to leadership focuses on economics, government, human relations, communications, international trade, sociology, education, the arts, social-cultural understandings as well as agriculture.

For more information, or to request an application for Nebraska LEAD 39, contact the Nebraska LEAD Program, 104 AgCom Bldg, PO Box 830940, Lincoln, NE 68583-0940; phone: 402-472-6810; or email: leadprogram@unl.edu. For more information about the selection process or to request an application, visit www.lead.unl.edu. Application deadline is June 15, 2019.