Big Red Ag Growers Teaching Youth Advocacy And Diversity In Ag Industry

The Kearney/Franklin County Big Red Ag Growers (BRAG) program is teaching area youth how to become advocates for agriculture while exploring the diversity of the industry across the state. Response to the program in its first year was so positive that the Kearney/Franklin County BRAG Advisory Group developed a second year program.

“BRAG actually started in Buffalo County three or four years ago. We started in November of 2018 putting an advisory group together to design BRAG for Kearney and Franklin Counties,” Extension Educator Rhonda Herrick explained. “We had our banquet in the first of January and graduated these kids, but we’ve decided to do a BRAG 2 where these kids then move on for another year so it will become a two year program. We are the first group to do a BRAG 2.”

The BRAG 2 program is just getting started. The two year program will work on a rotating schedule with both groups doing the same activities this year and activities the 2019 BRAG program being revisited next year. Providing a second year opportunity for youth to explore agriculture through BRAG programming strengthens youth leadership in the area.
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