Nebraska Network 21


Date of this Version

September 2000


Article published in Agricultural Education Magazine 73:2 (September-October 2000). Used by permission.


What started as two initiatives involving public and private entities in Nebraska has resulted in the development of the Governor’s Task Force on Agriculture and Natural Resources Education. Both initiatives were funded by grants from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. One went to The Reinventing Agriculture Education for the Year 2020 Project which was coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Education. The other went to the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to establish the Nebraska Network21 (NN21), a group of people working together to creatively meet the learning needs of Nebraskans in the 21st century. Among seven action teams appointed by NN21 was the Visionary Food Systems Curricula Action Team. This action team convened a Summit on Reinventing Agriculture and Natural Resources Education on Feb. 10, 1998. More than 100 Nebraskans attended. They represented the interests of agricultural production, secondary education, extension education, agribusiness, government and post secondary education.