The Nebraska Farm Bureau Leadership Academy is a yearlong leadership training program designed to produce strong and effective Farm Bureau leaders.
We focus on personal growth and development, public speaking, working effectively with all forms of media, understanding the role and functions of Farm Bureau in Nebraska, and advocacy training at the local, state, and national levels.
Who Should Apply?
Farm Bureau members involved in production agriculture or agribusiness with the potential for providing exceptional leadership in their county, community, and state.
Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Leadership Academy is an opportunity to meet others committed to the future of rural Nebraska and to establish a solid network of friends and fellow leaders. Participants will learn the latest information about critical issues and develop their skills for leading change.
- The Nebraska Farm Bureau Leadership Academy is for Farm Bureau members involved in production agriculture or agribusiness with a desire to provide exceptional leadership in their county, community and state.
- The Academy is open to men and women of all ages. However, those who have served on the NFBF Board of Directors are not eligible to participate in this program.
- Ten individuals will be selected to participate.
- Nebraska Farm Bureau Services, Inc., is the exclusive sponsor of this NFBF program and will support the majority of the Leadership Academy, including hotel stays and meals for all in-state sessions and airfare, hotels, meals and fees associated with the Washington, D.C., trip. You or your County Farm Bureau will make an additional $200 investment.
- The academy schedule includes four two-day sessions in Nebraska and a visit to Washington, D.C. Each participant must attend at least three in-state sessions to be eligible for the Washington, D.C., trip.
2022 Tentative Schedule
- Jan. 20-21 – Kearney
- Feb. 24-25 – Grand Island
- March 24-25 – Lincoln
- August 4-5 – TBD
- September 6-9 – Washington D.C.
2022 Leadership Academy
Amy Musgrave, a member of Clay County Farm Bureau, lives in Ong. Born and raised in Nebraska, she also spent some years in Oklahoma and Missouri studying agriculture at land grant universities. She and her husband operate a diversified livestock operation. Amy currently serves as the President of Clay County Farm Bureau.
Cierra Fischer, a member of Polk County Farm Bureau, lives in Osceola. She was raised on her family farm growing up around poultry, cattle, horses, and swine. She currently assists with the management and operation of her family’s poultry broiler houses.
Cory Johnson, a member of Loup County Farm Bureau, lives in Burwell. He is a fourth-generation diversified farmer and livestock producer, and fifth-generation custom harvester. Cory currently serves as the President of Loup County Farm Bureau.
Dylan Vock, a member of Lancaster County Farm Bureau, lives in Lincoln. He grew up on a row-crop farm and a cow/calf operation in Nebraska City. Dylan currently works with cattle producers throughout the Midwest.
Jaden Melnick, a member of Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau, lives in Ayr. She grew up on a dairy farm in Northwest Iowa. She currently works in swine genetics and, along with her husband, raises registered goats.
Jill England, a member of Hall County Farm Bureau, lives in Doniphan. She grew up on a family farm and feedlot near Pender. She is currently involved with her husband’s family farm where they raise corn and soybeans.
Lisa Griess, a member of Clay County Farm Bureau, lives in Sutton. She has been involved in agricultural opportunities for many years and currently works at a community bank. Lisa serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Clay County Farm Bureau.
Robert Miller, a member of Boone County Farm Bureau, lives in Petersburg. Robert and his wife Donna, along their children Robbie and Lacie, reside on a ranch west of Petersburg where they raise a show herd of Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats. Robert is a Boone County Farm Bureau Board Member.
Scott Sorensen, a member of Hall County Farm Bureau, lives in Cairo. Born and raised in small-town Nebraska, he enjoys working with local producers through his agribusiness, focusing on seed/chemical solutions. Scott currently serves as a member of the Hall County Board of Commissioners.
Steven Fuxa, a member of Butler County Farm Bureau, lives in David City. A Lifelong resident of Butler County, he operates Railside Farms LLC, a diversified farm and livestock operation.
Wilson Alber, a member of Adams/Webster County Farm Bureau, lives in Guide Rock. He owns and operates Windmill Livestock and works at a neighboring livestock operation.