The Crew is for student members who enjoy social media and want to share their love of agriculture with the world. Members gain valuable skills in agriculture communication by learning from industry professionals and hands on experiences. Crew members are selected in the spring and participate in the program for one year.
Ideal Crew Member:
- Cares about the future of agriculture
- Is familiar with all social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- Can express their love for agriculture in 140 characters or less
- Enjoys attending local, state & national conferences & events
- Wants to change the world!
The Crew at a Glance
Crew members are expected to reach a series of milestones throughout the year by posting on social media sites and sharing agricultural content with followers using #neagcrew
Crew members write blogs throughout the year that are featured on Nebraska Farm Bureau's "Farm Meets Fork" blog
Receive hands on ag communication experiences. Field days show members an entire communication process such as creating a video start to finish
Meet-ups are in-depth trainings to help you become a better leader in the ag industry. Everything from leadership development to media training
Each month special guests share more about how they use social media and communication strategies every day in their career
2019 Crew Members
Hey guys, my name is Morayah Cupp and I am the fifth generation on our family farm. Agriculture has been in the family for years and has always played a key role in my life. Our farm is located in the Southwest corner of the state, two miles west of Champion, NE. For the last 33 years, my family has produced specialty pumpkins, gourds, and squash while successfully running a 60 head cow/calf operation for even longer. In the 2019-2020 school year, I will be a junior at Chase County High School. There, I have been an active member of my FFA Chapter and was recently elected as the chapter’s Sr. Reporter. I enjoy raising and showing livestock and mentoring other members as the President of my 4-H Club. Over the years, as a part of these organizations, I have grown to realize the effect of the ever-changing ag industry on our families, states, nation, and world. As a Crew member, I plan on advocating for the ag industry and reaching out to the future generations of producers and consumers using various media platforms. I couldn’t be more excited to explore new opportunities as a member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Crew!
Hi everyone, I’m Mariah Frevert! I am the 5th generation on my family farm. Our operation consists of beef cattle and row crops. Besides my involvement in the cattle and row crop portion of our operation, I raise show pigs for market and breeding and I also love to work with horses. I was heavily involved with livestock judging, veterinary science, and livestock management in FFA and I also served as an officer for two years. I have shown through 4-H since 2009 and I currently serve on the Wayne County Swine Council for the Wayne County Fair. I recently graduated from Wayne High School and I will be attending Northeast Community College this upcoming fall. I will be studying Agribusiness and I am also a member of the college’s livestock judging team. After attending Northeast, I will be finishing my education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and adding a minor of Animal Science. I plan to pursue a career in livestock nutrition and feed sales. As a member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Ag Crew, I would like to help educate consumers of the different practices, processes, and aspects in animal agriculture. I am looking forward to continue my journey in trying to close the gap between producers and consumers by educating and advocating for agriculture! I can’t wait to share my passion for agriculture with others!
Hey everyone! I’m Paige Martindale. I am the seventh generation on my family’s ranch/feedlot operation west of Brewster. My family focuses on bettering the operation from the land to the cattle, making sure to make it better for the future generations. I’ll start my second year at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and continuing to major in Agribusiness with plans on returning back home. While being at UNK, I am a member of the Agribusiness club. While being a crew member, I want to educate and share with people what life is like in the Agricultural Industry. I look forward to meting new people as well as make new connection this year as a member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Crew!
Hi everyone, I’m Sydney Pelster. I am the fifth generation on my family farm and ranch southeast of Elsie. Our family farm and ranch consists of 4000 acres of land along with 500 head of cattle where we grow wheat, corn, and soybeans and run a cow/calf operation. I will be a senior at Wallace High School where I am a three-sport athlete and am also involved in various other activities such as FFA and 4-H. After graduating in the spring of 2020 I plan to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While being a crew member for the upcoming year, I want to educate people on where their food comes from and advocate for farmers and ranchers throughout Nebraska. I am excited for a year of making connections and gaining knowledge as I serve as a member of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Crew!
Hello friends! I am Savannah Peterson and I am a fifth generation farmer and rancher. My family grows corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa in central Nebraska. We also have a cow calf and feedlot operation. This year I will be a senior at Gothenburg High School. I am an active member in 4-H and FFA where I have participated in many state and national teams. During this year on The Crew, I look forward to sharing more about my life on a family farm and hearing the story of my fellow members. I cannot wait for the future opportunities through this program.
Hello! Hello! Hello! My name is Taylor Ruwe. I’ve grown up outside Hooper, NE on a farm growing crops with my family. I’m a member of the FFA and have a solid passion for every region of agriculture. I have been elected to a chapter officer position both my junior year and now my senior year as well. I participate on both the livestock and dairy judging teams, as well as a three time state qualifying and team and two time top ten state finalist team. I attend Logan View High School and plan to further my education hopefully at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. There I would like to study agricultural business and make connections all over the agricultural industry. Can’t wait to see what the year holds!
Hi everyone my name is Jennifer Sedlacek and my passion for agriculture has come from spending my summers at my uncle’s and grandparents’ farms. I always looking for ways to learn about the agriculture industry whether that be showing my uncle cattle in 4-H, attending conferences at UNL or being an FFA officer in my school’s chapter. While being a crew member I want to continue to learn about Nebraska's number 1 industry, discuss controversial issues with farmers, and educate consumers how farmers feed the world.
Hi everyone! My name is Sofia Sedlacek and I am working towards my degree in elementary education with a minor in agriculture communications with a dream of teaching agriculture to elementary students. I have been an active member in FFA and showing cattle during the last two years through 4-H. When I have time off from school I like helping out at family farms. The last two years at college, I have been a member of the professional agriculture sorority on campus as a philanthropy committee member raising money for Heifer International as well as attended a few collegiate Farm Bureau meetings. While being a Crew member this year, I want to positively promote the beef industry and help the consumer have a better understanding of how farmers and ranchers take care of and handle their livestock. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and connections this year as a member of The Crew!
Hello everyone! I am John Vacek and I am the third generation on my family farm east of Ravenna. We are a half crop, corn and soybeans, half cattle operation. I am a freshman at UNL studying environmental restoration science and fisheries and wildlife. Being an advocate for agriculture as always been a priority to me and I try my best to stay up to date on the latest issues, especially environmental and natural resources issues. I am very excited to start my year as a member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau's Crew and to create a new network of people!