Dave Hogsett, a farmer and rancher from Lamar, is about a half year into his two-year experience of education in Nebraska’s LEAD Program.
LEAD, which stands for Leadership Education/Action Development, is in its 30th year as a program of the Nebraska Agriculture Leadership Council.
The group of 30 LEAD Fellows just returned from a 10-day national study/travel seminar that took them to Kansas City, Washington D.C. and Chicago.
During the 10 days that took them to the three major U.S. cities, the LEAD Fellows met with political, business and governmental leaders.
The trip included visits to the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, the Kansas City Board of Trade, Bayer Crop Science, the Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Also included in the itinerary this year was a briefing and factory tour of the John Deere Operation in Moline, Ill.
A major objective of the national study/travel seminar is to provide the opportunity to meet leaders who help shape local, state and national ag policy.
It also provides first-hand exposure to varied social and economic conditions/issues that exist in the U.S.
During the two-year LEAD program, the group meets monthly at various college campuses across the state. Their first meeting was last September at UN-L. Seminar topics during the first year include natural resources, water and energy; leadership through communication; the political process; nuclear energy and more.
In January, 2012, the LEAD group will take an international study/travel tour. That destination has not yet been announced.
Dr. Terry Hejny, LEAD Program director, served as group leader for the recent study/travel seminar.
Another area man, Doug Beck of Grant, is also part of the LEAD XXX group for 2010-12. Mary Eisenzimmer of Big Springs is also a participant.