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Ag Secretary Vilsack engages with Nebraska university community
Nebraska Ag Connection - 04/02/2024

Recently U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made his way to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, bringing together a diverse group interested in the agricultural future.

His visit marked a significant dialogue with farmers, agricultural business owners, industry leaders, and students from the Lincoln and Omaha campuses.

Vilsack spotlighted the U.S. Department of Agriculture's efforts in promoting climate-smart agriculture and supporting small to midsized farms, including young and beginning farmers.

This dialogue extended into a panel discussion with key university figures such as Tiffany Heng-Moss and Derek McLean, who are leading agricultural education and research at the university.

The discussions covered innovative programs and research, from K-12 agricultural education partnerships to the Elite 11 Veterinary Scholarship Program and the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.

These initiatives aim to prepare the next generation for the evolving agricultural landscape, emphasizing sustainability, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Derek McLean provided insights into research endeavors that push the boundaries of precision agriculture and efforts to reduce cattle methane emissions. His vision for the future includes AI and robotics, shaping a new era of agricultural management.

The day concluded with Secretary Vilsack engaging with students on a wide range of topics, from urban agriculture to international trade. Elijah Riley, a student participant, shared his enthusiasm for the meaningful discussions on agriculture's role in society and the environment.

This event underscored the ongoing commitment of the University of Nebraska and the USDA to fostering innovation and sustainability in agriculture, preparing young minds for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the field.

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