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Extension Education

Lindsay Chichester
University of Nevada, Reno Extension


The Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS) is held annually in November. It is designed to provide updates on: current beef research, industry happenings, and UNL College of Agriculture recruitment. Youth spend 2-3 days on campus with UNL Extension Educators, Professors, and Specialists working on team projects which include developing and marketing a new beef dish, creating a media relations blast on the benefits of eating beef, or developing positive agriculture communication skills. Youth from other states have and are encouraged to attend, and often receive travel scholarships. Sponsorships and grants aid in making this a very cost effective event! Over the years NYBLS has been modified based on youth evaluations. The modifications include adding a second session to include freshman and sophomore students to the pre-existing junior and senior student session, off-campus tours, and use of technology sessions; things that have not changed are opportunities to work with professional chefs, networking with some of the most elite Nebraska beef industry leaders, meeting out-of-state youth and having fun! Youth are encouraged to attend as many years as they like and return as NYBLS group leaders, project judges, or NYBLS interns! Approximately 400 youth have participated in NYBLS. Areas of significant knowledge increases include: awareness of how animal health issues may affect consumers, understanding the importance of value-added products within the beef industry, and knowledge of food service expectations of beef marketing. In 2013, youth attendance represented five states and the local television personalities captured footage for several special interest shows.


Poster has NOT been presented at any previous NACAA AM/PIC

This poster is being submitted for judging. It will be displayed at the AM/PIC if not selected as a State winner. The abstract will be published in the proceedings.

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Authors: L.M. Chichester PhD, Raymond Alli, Brink Dennis, DePra Heather
  1. Chichester PhD, L. EXTENSION EDUCATOR, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Nebraska, 68033
  2. Alli, R. Animal Science Admissions Coordinator, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Nebraska, 68583
  3. Dennis, B. Professor – Animal Science, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Nebraska, 68583
  4. Heather, D. Extension Educator, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Nebraska, 68862