LINCOLN — One way the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is supporting the next generation of agricultural leaders is through the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC), a group of college students who work together to share their passion and knowledge of agriculture to share condition with young people around the world. NDA is proud to sponsor NAYC and announce the 2022-2023 Council Members.
“The future of agriculture depends on the next generation of producers, innovators, educators and leaders, and these NAYC members have a bright future in agriculture,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman. “NAYC has a long tradition of excellence in Nebraska, and I look forward to seeing these council members grow in leadership.”
NAYC members coordinate and participate in a variety of agriculture-focused activities and events throughout the year. They visit elementary schools to talk about the origins of food, take students on farm tours to experience life on a farm, and visit high school students about career opportunities in agriculture.
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NAYC’s primary focus is to coordinate the annual Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI), a five-day summer conference for high school juniors and seniors with speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities. NAYI is in its 52nd year and is the longest running event of its kind in the US. This is made possible by the donations of many generous sponsors.
NAYC leadership for the 2022-23 area includes Abby Miller of Mead, Vice President of Youth Outreach.
Other NAYC members include Jessie Lamp of Ashland.
“The student leaders who serve at NAYC dedicate their time to promoting Nebraska agriculture and providing young Nebraskaans with valuable insight and advice on the many different careers available in the Nebraska agribusiness,” said Christin Kamm, NDA communications director and NAYC Advisor. “Agriculture is Nebraska’s largest industry, and the NDA continues to seek and find ways to retain and support people in the agricultural industry.”
To learn more, visit NAYC’s website at https://nda.nebraska.gov/nayi/nayc.html or search for Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute on Facebook.