The Nebraska Farm Bureau Leadership Academy is a yearlong leadership training program whose mission is to produce strong and effective Farm Bureau leaders. The training focuses on personal growth and development, public speaking, working effectively with all forms of media, understanding the role and functions of Farm Bureau in Nebraska, and advocacy training at the local, state and national levels.
Who Should Apply?
Farm Bureau members involved in production agriculture or agribusiness with the potential for providing exceptional leadership in their county, community, and state.
Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Leadership Academy is an opportunity to meet others committed to the future of rural Nebraska and to establish a solid network of friends and fellow leaders. Participants will learn the latest information about critical issues and develop their skills for leading change.
Applications are due November 4.
2020 Leadership Academy Class
Connie Brott, a member of Hayes County Farm Bureau, lives in Hayes Center. Their family farms and raise cattle as well as owning a custom harvest business.
Josh England, and member of Hall County Farm Bureau, lives in Doniphan. He grew up on a family farm which he returned to after graduation with his father and uncle. They raise corn for ethanol, corn, and soybeans.
Daniel Hasart, a member of Cherry County Farm Bureau, lives in Wood Lake. After graduation, he started working full time on the family farm and cattle feeding operation. He currently manages the day to day operations of their cow/calf business.
Brett Santin, a member of Merrick County Farm Bureau, lives in Palmer. He grew up on family farm and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management before returning to his family farm where he helps manage their cow/calf herd.
Mike Nelson, a member of Chase County Farm Bureau, lives in Enders. He is the owner and operator of a seed business as well providing seed treatments for soybeans and wheat. Michael also farms dry land crops and raises cattle.
Joe Melnick, a member of Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau, lives in Hastings. He grew up on a family farm and is operations director for a custom cover crop company. Joseph is also an Army veteran.
Jeff Schuerman, a member of Boyd County Farm Bureau, lives in Butte. Jeff served 3 years in the Marines before becoming involved in farming and ranching with a cow calf operation. He is also a self-employed truck driver.
Natasha Schumacher, a member of Box Butte County Farm Bureau, lives in Hemingford. She is a mom of 3 and married to a fifth-generation farmer. The family farm raises dry edible beans, wheat, and corn along with a cow/calf herd.
Kelsey Scheer, a member of Howard County Farm Bureau, lives in Saint Paul. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Economics. Kelsey is in feed sales for an ag cooperative. She also works with her family’s cow/calf operation.
Austen Sis, a member of Red Willow County Farm Bureau, lives in McCook. He grew up on a family farm which he returned to after graduation. They raise irrigated food grade crops in southwest Nebraska.
- The Nebraska Farm Bureau Leadership Academy is for Farm Bureau members involved in production agriculture or agribusiness with the potential for providing exceptional leadership in their county, community and state.
- The Academy is open to men and women of all ages. However, those who have served on the NFBF Board of Directors are not eligible to participate in this program.
- Ten individuals will be selected to participate.
- Nebraska Farm Bureau Services, Inc., is the exclusive sponsor of this NFBF program and will support the majority of the Leadership Academy, including hotel stays and meals for all in-state sessions and airfare, hotels, meals and fees associated with the Washington, D.C., trip. You or your County Farm Bureau will make an additional $200 investment.
- The academy schedule includes four two-day sessions in Nebraska and a visit to Washington, D.C. Each participant must attend at least three in-state sessions to be eligible for the Washington, D.C., trip.
2020 Tentative Schedule
Jan. 23-24 – Kearney
Feb. 20-21 – Grand Island
March 26-27 – Lincoln
Aug. – TBD
Sept. 8-11 (Tentative) – Washington D.C.