The Nebraska Department of Agriculture says applications are available for the 2011 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute.
"Each year NAYI provides Nebraska youth with the opportunity to explore the agricultural industry and the career paths that are available to them in the future," says Greg Ibach, NDA director. "NAYI is a wonderful opportunity for the selected delegates to network with current and future agricultural leaders and to strengthen their appreciation for the agriculture industry."
Applications can be submitted by current high school juniors and seniors until April 15.
NAYI will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, and is expected to host approximately 140 students who will be selected based on their leadership skills, interest and involvement in agriculture. The theme for this year's Institute is: Agriculture: Driving Forward. The Institute will be held July 11-15 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus.
NAYI features motivational speakers, discussion on agricultural issues and opportunities, a computer-simulated farm management game, a formal banquet and a dance.
The Institute is coordinated by the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council, which is comprised of 17 college-age men and women selected by NDA. NAYC's purpose is to provide young Nebraskans with a better understanding of agriculture, including agricultural opportunities available to today's youth.
Applications can be obtained from county Extension educators, high school guidance counselors and agricultural education teachers. Those interested can also contact the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 800-422-6692 to receive an application, or visit www.agr.ne.gov to fill out an application online.