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Nebraska Farm Bureau Announces 2022-2023 Class of The Crew

L-R: Emma Labenz of Colfax County, Alexa Tollman of Dawes County, Kendall Prior of Chase County, Whitley Rut of Arthur County, Sydney Linse of Key Paha County, and Emily Samuelson of Merrick County.

LINCOLN, NEB. – Seven young, social media savvy Nebraskans have been selected by Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) to join The Crew. The Crew participants share their love of agriculture through social media and are selected from NEFB student members, who range in age from 16 to 23. Each member is selected in the spring and participates for one year.

“The Crew is an incredible opportunity for student members to leverage their voice and directly contribute to promoting agriculture in a positive light. Throughout the year, Crew members will meet up with other energetic and creative students, receive hands on training on all aspects of agriculture communications, and earn recognition for all their hard work,” Audrey Schipporeit, Nebraska Farm Bureau director of generational engagement, said.

The 2022-2023 class of The Crew represents county Farm Bureaus from across the state. They are Kendall Prior of Chase County, Emma Labenz and MaKenna Lutjelushce of Colfax County, Alexa Tollman of Dawes County, Whitley Rut of Arthur County, Sydney Linse of Key Paha County and Emily Samuelson of Merrick County.

“Nebraska Farm Bureau places a high priority in training the next generation of agricultural leaders as part of our strategic plan. In coordination with NEFB student membership, The Crew provides an added benefit of being a student member and an opportunity to gain hands-on agriculture communication experiences,” Schipporeit said.

During this year long experience, Crew members will:

  • work towards a series of milestones centered around social media sharing,
  • attend Zoom calls with leaders in agriculture communications and influencing,
  • write blogs for Nebraska Farm Bureau,
  • takeover Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Instagram, and
  • attend in person trainings to learn real-world applications of communication practices.

“We hope people follow along this year as these students bring to life rural America through their work on social media,” Schipporeit said. Learn more about The Crew at and check out #neagcrew on Facebook and Instagram for updates throughout the year.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau is a grassroots, state-wide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service, and advocacy efforts. More than 55,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit

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