Nebraska Students Selected to Participate in National Ag Day Program

(LINCOLN, NE) – Six students were selected as delegates to represent Nebraska for the National Ag Day on the Hill program.  The Ag Day on the Hill program allows college students from Nebraska to join with other students from across the country to learn more about policy, natural resources and agriculture. Natural resources districts (NRDs) protect the future of natural resources by educating young people through programs such as Ag Day on the Hill. The Nebraska representatives and the Ag Day on the Hill program are supported by the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Foundation.
“Programs like Ag Day on the Hill are a great way to engage young people in the political process and encourage networking with their peers from other states and to learn firsthand the workings of our United States Government,” said Terry Martin, NARD Board President. “This is a great opportunity for Nebraska students to take an interest in national agriculture and natural resources issues and to be better prepared for leadership in our state,” said Martin.
The six Nebraska representatives are Valerie Kesterson, Bryce Doeschot, Morgan Kowaleski, Casey Campbell, Tayler Goertz, and Dustin Renken.  All six representatives are students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“By attending Ag Day on the Hill, I will experience firsthand valuable networking opportunities with agriculturists and legislators from across the nation.  I will also have the chance to expand my knowledge and understanding about current issues facing the industry and related policies designed to address those issues,” said Morgan Kowaleski, Nebraska Ag Day on the Hill Representative.  
The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Foundation is a supporter of Ag Day on the Hill for the Nebraska representatives.  The Foundation uses funds raised to help youth develop an interest in a variety of natural resources programs including Nebraska 4-H, FFA and others.   Funds for the NARD Foundation are raised through a variety of activities such as live and silent auctions at the NRD Annual Conference held every September.  The NARD Foundation was established to support students with a desire to enter the field of natural resources. 
“The Foundation helps provide scholarships, internships, education opportunities, and support for students to continue to learn about natural resources,” said Martin.
Ag Day on the Hill takes place in March during National Ag Week, March 23-29, 2014, with National Ag Day celebrated on March 25.  Representatives will be in Washington D.C. March 24-25 to learn more about agriculture and natural resources policy and meet policy makers.  As part of Ag Day, the Ag Council organizes an essay contest and sponsors outstanding student representatives from across the country to participate in activities on the Hill.  The students—from FFA, 4-H and AFA—put a face on the future of agriculture and spread a message of awareness to lawmakers and other national leaders.