Leading agriculture into the future

Nebraskans have been growing crops and raising livestock for centuries on multigenerational family farms and ranches across the state. While agriculture has always been central to our way of life, agricultural practices are constantly changing. Our ag producers are the most innovative in the world. We invent and adopt new technologies, find better ways to plant fields and feed livestock, and adjust our operations to meet shifting consumer demands. To continue to bolster our international growth and innovation in agriculture, it’s imperative that we connect the energy, creativity, and education of the next generation to great opportunities in the industry.

This week, it’s National FFA Week, which allows us to highlight one of the best pathways to careers in agriculture and related fields. At schools throughout Nebraska, FFA is preparing the next generation for leadership in our state’s number-one industry. FFA students learn by doing and grow by serving. Through hands-on involvement in agriculture and related fields, they’re gaining valuable skills and insights that will benefit them throughout their careers. Recently, I hosted state officers and members from the Nebraska FFA Association at a State Capitol ceremony to celebrate FFA Week. I was impressed by their maturity, optimism, and the well-spoken way they talked about their college and career aspirations. I wish all Nebraskans could have met these fine young men and women and seen their excitement to grow our state.

 

 

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