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Nebraska Ag Youth Council promotes state's number one industry
The Governor's Ag Conference last week attracted leaders in Nebraska's biggest industry from across the state and the ones who will one day take their place.
News 5's Amy West introduces us to the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council in tonight's Celebrate Youth.
Kyle Schultz and the other green shirted University of Nebraska students at the Governor's Ag conference are part of the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council
"After completing college I do plan to come back to the family farm," said Schultz.
As a group through the Nebraska Ag Department said they strive to expand young people's understanding of the state's number one industry.
"Governor Heineman has made some very strong points in the past about how college students and high school students once they graduate they go seek jobs elsewhere outside of Nebraska and they don't return. What we try to do as a council is promote agriculture and say to these kids, 'hey, when you graduate high school graduate college there are job opportunities here within the state so we believe that there is a future in agriculture'," said NAYC Coordinator Robert Hecox.
The council has been around for nearly 40 years but is taking a more active role as the Ag industry faces more scrutiny and these young Nebraskans are the ones stepping up to defend their way of life.
"I come from a family farm background and I feel that promoting agriculture is one of the best things I can do to help get the message out to others about all the great things we do in our industry," said Wade Walter of Shickley.
"I grew up on a farm and I want my future to be in agriculture and I think it's very important to inform the youth about agriculture," Matraca Meyer from Edgar said.
The council brushed up with industry leaders and ate lunch with Governor Heineman, but during the rest of the school year they'll be touring Nebraska high schools looking for kids wanting to learn more about what puts the food on the table in Nebraska.
"It gave me a new appreciation for the agriculture industry and it kind of made me want to come back and serve and kind of spread the word about it," said Eric Camler, Shickley.
High school students interested in joining the Nebraska Agriculture Youth Institute - a four day retreat this summer - can visit http://www.agr.state.ne.us/nayi/nayi.htm
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