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Peterson selected for Nebraska Ag Youth Institute

Approximately 175 Nebraska high school juniors and seniors will grow their knowledge and passion for agriculture by serving as delegates at this year’s 45th annual Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI), July 11-14, in Lincoln.

Patrick Pet-erson, who will be a senior at Gothenburg High School in the fall, has been selected as a 2016 delegate.

“NAYI began as a program to encourage youth to expand their knowledge of agriculture and over the years has expanded to also include agricultural career exploration,” said Nebraska Department of Agriculture director Greg Ibach. “As the program celebrates its 45th year this year, it is the longest running program of its kind in the county.”

NAYI will be at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. During the five-day institute, delegates participate in agriculture policy and group discussions, as well as learn about potential career paths available in the agricultural industry.

Motivational speakers and a farm management program help delegates develop leadership potential and strengthen their pride in Nebraska agriculture. The week also provides delegates an opportunity to network with industry leaders, top-notch speakers and ag representatives.

Since its start in 1971, NAYI has shared the importance of agriculture with more than 5,500 youth from across the state. Delegates apply for and are selected to attend the institute free due to numerous donations from agricultural businesses, commodity groups and industry organizations.