The purpose of the agricultural issues forum is for a team of students to present a current issue to a public audience by developing a written portfolio that includes research and an understanding of an issue relevant to the local community and then preparing an oral presentation that examines both sides of an issue. Professional ethics and standards are emphasized in this event.

Portfolio Submission

Submit your team's Ag Issues CDE Portfolio via the following form no later than March 13, 2020.  Submissions after that date will not be accepted. Only portfolios submitted through the form below will be accepted.  You will receive an emailed receipt. If there are multiple portfolios submitted for the same team, the later of the submissions will be graded. Teams must also be registered for the Ag Issues CDE via the CDE registration system by March 20th, else the team will be disqualified.

Click here to submit Ag Issues CDE Portfolios (Google Log-In Required)



Dr. Laura Young
ALEC Assistant Professor of Practice
212 Filley Hall
P.O. Box 830947
Lincoln, NE 68583-0947
(402) 472-8790

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Presentation Schedule - Order of Presentations Posted by Random Drawing
School ReportSet-up TimePresentation Time
  4:30 PM Room A 5:00 PM
  5:00 PM Room B 5:30 PM
  5:30 PM Room A 6 PM
6 PM Room B 6:30 PM
6:30 PM Room A 7 PM
7 PM Room B 7:30 PM
7:30 PM Room A 8 PM

Past Topics
2019 Kearney Nebraska Beef - What's for lunch?
2019 Pender Wind Energy - Are you a fan?
2019 Oakland-Craig Agriculture Sustainability
2019 Rock County Is CRISPR Technology Editing Agriculture Positively?
2019 Lawrence-Nelson Can Family Farms Survive the Next Generation of Corporations?
2018 Sutherland Is International Trade Beneficial or Harmful to Americans
2018 SEM Should Farmers be Conscientious of the Effects Their Production Practices have on the Environment?
2018 Rock County Lab Grown Beef:  Should it Replace Modern Beef Production?
2018 Auburn Veterinary Feed Directives:  Should the FDA have Implemented this New Program?
2017 Wallace Ag Yay or Neigh?
2017 Sandy Creek Should There be Water Allocations in the Little Blue NRD Water District?
2017 The Career Academy Big Ag Business is it good or bad for your town and Nebraska?
2017 Sutherland The R-Powerline Good or Bad for the People of the Sandhills?
2017 Rock County Neonicotinoids:  Should They "Bee" Banned for Agricultural Use?
2016 The Career Academy Wind Turbines, Good or Bad for Lancaster County, NE?
2016 Sandy Creek Tasty Treat or Unhealthy Meat?

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