Members of the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council say the future for farming is bright.
The governor announced the 2013-2014 Ag Youth Council, college students from throughout the state who educate others about agriculture and promote it.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science major Will Miller of Culbertson says a majority of the council members come from farm families, but others have been attracted to farming, because it has become more lucrative.
“I would say within the last few years definitely commodity prices have risen, but there are also higher inputs. I do believe that we’ve had our good years recently and there is more money involve in it, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the reason that more people are interested in it,” Miller tells reporters during a news conference. “I think it’s just the pride we can take in raising that product and selling it to help feed the world.”
As farming has become more lucrative, more young people are considering it as a career or, at least, considering a job tied to agriculture.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ag Journalism major Emma Likens of Swanton points out, though, that the council does more than just steer youth to a career in agriculture.
“Most of what we work on is actually personal and professional development,” according to Likens. “So, building this network of young leaders in agriculture and how we can help each other and get to know each other and build on each other’s resources and experiences, that’s more what we’re about.”
This is the 43rd year for the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council. It sponsors the five-day Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute conference for juniors and seniors in high school.
The 2013-2014 NAYC leaderships includes: Emma Likens, Swanton, Head Counselor; Will Miller, Culbertson, Head Counselor; Alyssa Dye, Alliance, President; Lauren Ibach, Sumner , Secretary; Samantha Schneider, Cozad, Vice President of the Communications and Social Media Committee; Trent Mastny, Howell, Vice President of the NAYI Improvement Committee; Michelle Dvoracek, Elba, Vice President of the Promotion Committee; Aksel Wiseman, Hershey, Vice President of the Sponsorship and Alumni Relations Committee; and Larissa Wach, Wauneta, Vice President of the Youth Outreach Committee.
Additional members are: Davis Behle, Kearney; Trevor DeVries, Fairfield; Johnny Ference, Ord; Steven Fish, Imperial; Hannah Gaebel, Ashland; Haley Harthoorn, Ainsworth; Jud Hoffschneider, Arlington; Toni Rasmussen, Albion; Elizabeth Rice, Murray; Railen Ripp, Kearney; Eric Wemhoff, Humphrey; and Morgan Zumpfe, Friend.
AUDIO: Gov. Dave Heineman welcomes 2013-2014 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council. [5 min.]