For 47 years, the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council’s (NAYC) main goal has been the promotion of agriculture to Nebraska’s youth. NAYC consists of 21 college-age men and women who have dedicated their time and energy to educating youth about agriculture. The Council is selected annually to serve a one-year term. Membership is limited to three years.
Throughout their year, NAYC participates in an array of agricultural programs including the Governor’s Ag Conference, several elementary classroom visits, National Ag Week, Urban Youth Farm Tour, Nebraska State FFA Convention, as well as their premier event, the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute. All of these events give the Council an opportunity to learn more about agricultural opportunities available right here in Nebraska, as well as share their knowledge with the youth of this great state. The Council also holds their annual Industry Tours and Winter Retreat, which gives them the chance to interact with one another and strengthen friendships that attribute to the Council’s success.
In March, NAYC participated in National Ag Week with a number of visits to area elementary school classrooms. NAYC used different methods to show students where their food comes from. These methods included using a felt pizza and hamburger to showcase different agricultural products. Not only were these great hands-on experiences for the youth, but a new experience for some of the Council members.
Urban Youth Farm Tour, held in April, was a chance for nearly 300 area elementary school students to visit three Wahoo area farms; many for their very first time. The Council provided a fun and fact-filled day with hands-on experiences as to where food comes from, and the importance of agriculture in Nebraska. This day-long trip is an effort by the Council to close the gap between agricultural producers and consumers.
NAYI will be the result of a year of dedication and work from the 2017-2018 NAYC. Bi-monthly meetings and various activities are held throughout the year to plan the events at NAYI 2018. Each year, the newly selected Council strives toward the common goal of creating a successful Institute. The diversity of ideas that were offered from the Council throughout this year will be why the 47th NAYI will be bigger and better than ever before!
Did you know? You don't have to grow up on a farm to be a council member. All you need is a passion for agriculture!
Learn more about our NAYC members by clicking on their photo.
While the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute is the NAYC's premier event, the Council also coordinates and participates in a variety of other educational activities.
Members of the NAYC participate in Industry Tours each fall. They travel to different parts of the state, visit agricultural businesses in the area, and network with industry professionals to learn more about the agricultural industry in Nebraska.
The annual Urban Youth Farm Tour allows students growing up in an urban setting to understand where their food comes from and how it is produced. Students have the opportunity to tour various grain and livestock operations.
NAYC members assist the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at the annual Governor's Ag Conference. They get the opportunity to interact with industry leaders from across the board during this two-day conference.
The NAYC organizes and facilitates workshops at the Nebraska State FFA Convention, promoting NAYI to high school juniors and seniors who are interested in agriculture.
The NAYC participates in National Ag Week by visiting several area elementary school classrooms to share the importance of agriculture.
Amanda Kowalewski & Logan Kalkowski
In today’s global society, agriculture is vitally important to provide food, fiber, and fuel for the growing population. As an agriculturally driven state, Nebraska is a key player and major provider in the world marketplace.
As we all know, the world population is projected to reach 9 billion by 2050. That means our generation will have to produce more food in the coming years than any previous generation. We believe our generation is up to this challenge, and we are ready to energize Nebraska’s youth about careers in agriculture. As head counselors, we help plan and facilitate a number of youth driven programs throughout the year, with our main priority being the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI).
NAYI is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to get a taste of the variety of opportunities in agriculture, network with industry leaders, and make connections with other youth from across the state who share a passion for agriculture and feeding the world.