Applications for the 2012 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI) will be taken until April 15.
"For the past 41 years, the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute has provided our state's youth with an opportunity to explore the agricultural industry, discover future agricultural related career paths, and learn to become an advocate for the agricultural industry," says Greg Ibach, NDA director. "NAYI provides the selected delegates the chance to network with current and future agricultural leaders and to strengthen their appreciation for the agriculture industry."
NAYI is a five-day summer program for current high school juniors and seniors. The Institute features motivational speakers, discussion on agricultural issues and opportunities, a computer-simulated farm management game, a formal banquet and a dance.
Interested students have until April 15th to submit their applications.
Annually, the Institute hosts approximately 140 students who are selected based on their leadership skills, interest, and involvement in agriculture. This year's theme is "We're Growing Places." The Institute will be held July 9-13 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus.
The Institute is coordinated by the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC), which is comprised of 18 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 download the application.