Nebraska LEAD Class 40 In Search For Candidates, Agriculture Will Prevail Through Current Challenges

WAYNE – As another class recently graduated, LEAD 39 will begin year two of their program and the tentative deadline to apply for Class 40 is June 15.

LEAD stands for Leadership Education/Action Development and the program began in 1981 through the cooperation with Agricultural Builders of Nebraska, Inc. and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Terry Hejny, Director with the Nebraska LEAD Program said the group is very fortunate how they run their program with two classes going on at the same time.

“About the middle of March when the University (UNL) started to shut things down we did have our LEAD 38 class on campus,” said Hejny. “We did have to cancel our annual banquet and then a couple of weeks later we would have been meeting with LEAD 39 out in Scottsbluff for their final seminar of their first year and we did that virtually.

Hejny was a member of LEAD Class 20 between 2000 – 2002 and is just complete his 13th year as the director.

The deadline to apply for LEAD 40 is Monday, June 15 but any potential candidates who are interested about going through the process, Hejny added they’ll work with you.

“If they’re serious about wanting to apply we’re going to work with them on that due date,” Hejny added. “I’m a little flexible on those types of things. We want to make sure that we put the very best class together that we possibly can.”

Up to 30 highly motivated men and women generally between the ages of 25 – 55, with demonstrated leadership potential selected annually from five geographic regions across the state.

Hejny mentioned they have to be involved in agriculture.

“So, either farmers, ranchers or those people in businesses that support production agriculture,” Hejny mentioned. “So, we’ve had bankers, seed salesmen, fertilizer people, equipment people, radio and television people that have gone through the program.”

Hejny mentioned the group continues to develop future leaders for Nebraska agriculture even with the new challenges.

“But we’re going to face them, we’re going to face it together and you know we’ll prevail,” Hejny mentioned. “Agriculture people have a lot of grit, a lot of determination, a lot of toughness; we’re going to be fine.”

LEAD 40 is scheduled to start in the middle of September with the second year of LEAD 39 the following week. Over 1,100 people have graduate from Nebraska LEAD.

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