LINCOLN, Neb. — The seventh annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium Nov. 21-23 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will introduce Nebraska high school students to beef industry careers, current issues and an opportunity to use their leadership skills in product development activity.

In addition, six $500 scholarships for UNL's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will be presented.

The three-day symposium, geared toward Nebraska high school juniors and seniors, features presentations on goal setting, leadership development, food safety and international beef promotions, said Dennis Brink, UNL animal scientist. Students also will experience presentations in beef quality assurance and the latest meat science technologies.

"This education symposium will give students hands-on presentations on innovative cattle production practices and a variety of other opportunities from marketing to networking with sponsors and panel members," Brink said.

A career opportunity discussion and banquet will be the evening of Nov. 22. Several UNL graduates will give their perspectives on the importance of a college education and what it takes to make it in the "real world." Numerous career areas within the beef industry will be represented by the panel members.

A marketing project will allow students to take on the role of a national retailer or restaurant chain. Students will be responsible for creating a new beef product and designing a final marketing plan presentation.

"NYBLS is a great opportunity and experience you can't afford to miss, even if you are remotely interested in animal science, and livestock, especially beef cattle. It's a great way to meet new friends who are interested in the same things you are, and get to know the animal science faculty at UNL too. I've had an amazing time at NYBLS and met some great people," said Kyle Clymer, a past NYBLS participant.

For more information about the Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium or to register, contact Matt Spangler at (402) 472-6489 or mspangler2@unl.edu or Sara Ellicott at (402) 624-8030 or sellicott2@unl.edu or visit Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium. Registration is $30 and is due by Oct. 1. Late Registration is $50 and is due by Oct. 19. Registration includes all materials, meals and lodging.

Contacts:
Matt Spangler
Animal Science
Assistant Professor
(402) 472-6489

Sara Ellicott
UNL Extension
Extension Educator
(402) 624-8030

Dan Moser
IANR News & Photography Coordinator
(402) 472-3007

Source: University of Nebraska Extension