ALEC in the News Archive

Workshop: Dr. Laura Young, Assessing Risk in Your Research to Communicate Confidently (Zoom)

OGS Workshop: Assessing Risk in Your Research to Communicate Confidently (Zoom)

Dr. Laura Young will walk through how to academic experts can conduct a communication risk assessment of their research with the goal of becoming comfortable and confident to talk to the media and others about their work (regardless if their work is ‘controversial’ in some media coverage). This interactive workshop will help participants identify their own ‘loopholes’ to prepare them to speak confidently about what they do in an effort to bridge the science communication gap between research and the public.

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ALEC Ph.D. Student, Raquel Taylor, Dissertation Defense

ALEC Ph.D. Student, Raquel Taylor

Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Ph.D. student, Raquel Taylor, will be presenting her dissertation defense, "Stories of Motivation and Values of Small-Scale Farmers in Jamaica and the United States". 

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024

Time:  2 PM

Via Zoom at

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TELLING AGRICULTURE'S STORY Madison Kreifels captures the world of agriculture through the lens of InfoFilm

ALEC Student, Madison Kreifels

InfoFilm is an agricultural communications business that focuses on growing consumer and producer relationships in the agriculture industry. Madison creates videos showcasing the story behind agricultural operations with the purpose of increasing business transparency and consumer trust.

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AESC major, Elijah Riley, is making an impact in the community

AESC student, Elijah Riley

Through hard work and support from the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, Elijah Riley — an agricultural and environmental sciences communication major from Lincoln — is making an impact in the community. The University Communication and Marketing team sat down with Riley to discuss his passions, including his nonprofit Big Gumdrop Outdoors, which works to connect urban youth with hands-on education about the great outdoors. Nebraska Today | February 14, 2024

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ALEC Professor, Dr. Laura Young, is hosting a Social Media and Public Intellectual Branding workshop

Laura Young workshop announcement

Dr. Laura Young, Assistant Professor of Practice in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication, will be hosting a workshop focused on using social media and technology from a strategic standpoint for the purpose of creating a successful public intellectual brand.

The workshop will meet on Zoom from 11am-12noon. It is open to graduate students, postdocs, and faculty/staff.

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Haskell Ag Lab and ALEC host Agronomy CDE Invite to boost students’ skills

students in lab

Lincoln, Neb. —Nearly 50 students from eight Nebraska schools participated in the first annual Haskell Agronomy Career Development Invite on Jan. 31. The Agronomy CDE event, hosted as a collaboration between the Haskell Ag Lab and the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, aimed to prepare students for upcoming district and state-level agronomy competitions.  IANR News | February 7, 2024

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Meet Emma Saathoff, an Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication major from Hastings, Nebraska.

Emma Saathoff

Meet Emma Saathoff, an Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication major from Hastings, Nebraska.

Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?  

I chose the University of Nebraska-Lincoln because of the impressive agriculture programs they have to offer. As soon as I stepped on campus during my high school visit, it felt like home. Both of my parents attended UNL as well, so it just felt right.   IANR News Now | February 8, 2024

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ALEC student, Alexa Carter, leverages twist on a Nebraska classic into scholarships, connections

Alexa Carter holds her chili roll creation.

For decades, Nebraskans (and others across the Midwest) have feasted on chili and cinnamon rolls, and extolled the virtues of the flavor combination.

While competing in the Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium in high school, Alexa Carter of Rising City, found support for her “chili roll” concept from Tiffany Heng-Moss, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.

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New Course ALEC 897 Exploring Rural Nebraska Using Data

ALEC 897 announcement

We are offering a course for graduate students who want to use Rural Poll data to create publishable-quality work. We will review our survey methods and explore topics related to rural life in Nebraska to support multidisciplinary, social science research.

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Local Leaders Gather for Transformative Leadership Chautauqua Event

Lindsay Hastings

Lincoln, Neb. —Rural Prosperity Nebraska successfully organized a groundbreaking Leadership Chautauqua in Kearney, bringing together approximately 120 community leaders from Nebraska and Iowa for a day of transformative discussions. The think-tank-style discussions aimed to reshape community leadership development (CLD) in Nebraska, focusing on innovative strategies and collaborative approaches.

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The latest Rural Poll: Rural Nebraskans feel the country is more divided

Photo by Grant Gerlock, Nebraska Public Media News/Harvest Public Media

About two-thirds of Rural Nebraskans’ think a lack of civil discourse is a somewhat serious (33%) or very serious (32%) problem in America. That’s according to the latest results of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Rural Poll.

UNL professor, L.J. McElravy, says this feeling of missing constructive forums reflects interparty and intraparty conflict in the state capitol and in Washington D.C..

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Poll: Rural Nebraskans see lack of civility in politics as serious problem

Rural Poll News

Most rural Nebraskans see the lack of civil discourse in the political system as at least a somewhat serious problem, according to the 2023 Nebraska Rural Poll. About one-third of rural Nebraskans surveyed rate this lack of respectful discourse as either a very serious (32%) or somewhat serious problem (33%). Only 5% say it is not a serious problem.

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Chautauqua aims to revolutionize rural leadership development

Lindsay Hastings in classroom

Rural Prosperity Nebraska is leading the charge on revolutionizing leadership development for Nebraska’s rural communities by hosting a leadership Chautauqua on Nov. 8 in Kearney, which kicks off a multi-step revisioning of traditional leadership development programs.

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Attend the ALEC Dissertation Final Oral Examination for Matt Kreifels

Matt Kreifels

The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication


Matt Kreifels

ALEC Dissertation Final Oral Examination

Monday, November 13, 2023

3:00 PM


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Strategic investments facilitating UNL-Chadron State partnership

Sydney Linse

A new joint agreement between Chadron State and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication is maximizing the educational opportunities for students at Chadron State College aiming to become ag educators.

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The Ag Ed Roadshow is a truly project-based experience for our ALEC 135

Ag Education students in front of school

The Ag Ed Roadshow is a truly project-based experience for our ALEC 135: Introduction to Agricultural Education course students.

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Upbringing sparks passion for education in Tercero

Isela Tercero, agricultural education and applied science double major, is from Broken Bow, Nebraska.

Editor’s Note — This is part of a weekly student conversation series highlighted as part of Hispanic Heritage Month on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Medium page. The series will feature students who are making impacts on campus and beyond.

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Faculty, team excellence recognized during 2023 IANR Distinguished Faculty Celebration

Group photo

Recipients of the 2023 IANR faculty awards, along with all IANR faculty members who hold endowed chairs or professorships, were celebrated on Sept. 21 at the annual IANR Distinguished Faculty Celebration.

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