NU’s Mike Boehm says small towns need leaders, partners

“Extension across America is in transition,” said Mike Boehm. “The magic is happening in this room. You’re all here talking.” Mike Boehm is the Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL and vice president for Agriculture and Natural Resources for the University of Nebraska.

Two regional meetings in October will offer Nebraskans opportunities to share their best ideas on how the University of Nebraska can help rural communities position themselves for economic success.

The listening sessions, which are open to the public, will be held in North Platte Oct. 15 and in Lincoln Oct. 24.

“The University of Nebraska is a key resource for the state’s rural communities,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president and vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “As part of our efforts to ensure the continued competitiveness of our state, we want to help rural communities position themselves for long-term economic prosperity.”

The sessions are organized by a working group charged with creating a comprehensive strategic framework for an innovative, robust and integrated approach to rural community vitality, prosperity and resilience.

The upcoming discussions, to be hosted by Boehm, will invite Nebraskans to share experiences in rural community development and to explore how the University can be most effective in strengthening the economic prosperity and vitality of rural communities.

The North Platte session is Oct. 15, 1:30-5 p.m. at the West Central Research and Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Road.

The Lincoln session is Oct. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Drive.

To register to attend in person or online, visit

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