University of Nebraska-Lincoln sophomore eager to promote agriculture

Farm Forum

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) – Jud Hoffschneider still relishes the experiences he had attending the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute.

Hoffschneider now is excited to help make that annual conference a positive experience for other young people.

A 2011 graduate of Logan View, Hoffschneider recently was selected to the 2012-13 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council.

The primary focus of the youth council is to coordinate the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute, which Hoffschneider attended the summers following his junior and senior years of high school.

“I’m really passionate about the agriculture industry,” said Hoffschneider, a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Agriculture’s really what drives the economy in Nebraska and I’m proud of it.”

This is the second year on the council, and he will serve as the chairman of its promotion committee.

That means designing promotional products and visiting schools during spring break to promote the youth institute.

“To help plan a conference like that and some of the other activities we do, it’s really given me some leadership experience,” Hoffschneider said.

Hoffschneider said the youth institute helped him meet several people from around the state, including some of his future classmates at UNL.

It also gave him the chance to travel to Taiwan in 2010 as part of an exchange program.

“Another positive is just learning some of the careers out there in agriculture,” Hoffschneider, who is majoring in ag business with a banking and finance option and pursuing a minor in animal science.

He believes it’s a good time for students to be involved with agriculture.

“I believe interest in agriculture is at an all-time high,” Hoffschneider said. “People want to know where their food comes from and how it’s produced.”