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Nebraska Notebook: Youth Range Camp is set for June at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb., with registrations due May 27.

April 3, 2023

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RANGE CAMP: Youth Range Camp is set for early June in Curtis, Neb. and the University of Nebraska IANR is planning a series of listening sessions across the state in April and early May.Curt Arens

Leaders from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Agriculture Builders of Nebraska will visit communities across Nebraska during a statewide listening tour in April and May.

The listening tour, which will kick off today, will present an opportunity for the public to share their thoughts and visions for the future of Nebraska, their communities and the state’s agriculture industry, with university leadership including Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and Harlan vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The tour is being conducted in conjunction with IANR’s Celebration of Innovation, which marks the 50th anniversary of IANR, as well as the 150th anniversary of UNL’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

“As we reflect on the first 50 years of UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, we also want to look toward the future,” Boehm said. “Nebraskans have a key role in framing IANR’s next chapter, and this listening tour is an important step in co-creating our shared future vision.” 

Tour dates and the Nebraska towns where they take place include:

  • Today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Gage County Extension Office in Beatrice

  • Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at The Lark in Hastings

  • Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Valley County Ag Complex at Ord

  • Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Elkhorn Valley Bank and Trust in Wayne

  • Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Fremont Golf Club in Fremont

  • April 12 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at West Central Research, Education and Extension Center in North Platte

  • April 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Mountain time at Panhandle Research, Education and Extension Center at Scottsbluff

  • April 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Bolo Beer Co. in Valentine

  • April 25 from 5:30 to 7 Kinkaider Brewing in Broken Bow

  • April 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Evans House in Columbus

  • May 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Keystone Business Center in McCook

These events are free and open to the public, though advance registration is requested for each participant. For questions, contact Jordan Slagle at [email protected].

Youth range camp

Youth ages 14 to 18 will experience hands-on activities related to rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science and wildlife during the 58th annual Nebraska Youth Range Camp, set for June 5-8 at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb. University, college and agency professionals facilitate field activities, lectures, leadership and team-building exercises and field trips to local working ranches to illustrate management activities and goals.

Through the generous donation of sponsors, about 50 youth from across the state receive a discounted rate to attend the event, which promotes education, leadership skill development and interaction with other students with similar interests. Online applications are available at, and they are due by May 20. A $75 registration fee is due by May 27 to attend. Youth who are interested should contact their FFA advisor, 4-H club leader or local Natural Resources District office manager for possible scholarships. Learn more by contacting KyLee Kime at [email protected].

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