Agricultural Economics Ambassadors


Erika Harms

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Hey everyone! My name is Erika Harms, and I am currently a sophomore at the university studying Agribusiness, minoring in Ag Communications. I was raised on a farm in Glenvil, Nebraska. Growing up I spent time working on our farm, showing horses and enjoying the typical country girl things! Agriculture has always been a huge part of my life and I knew it was my designated path for a career. One of my favorite parts of East Campus is its small campus feel. It has turned into a home away from home, just without the cornfields. Besides being a Department Ambassador, I am the Secretary for the National Agri-Marketing Association and a member of Block and Bridle and the Alpha Zeta Honor Society. In the previous year I was also involved with the Equestrian team and Collegiate Farm Bureau. All of these activities have allowed me to meet lots of people and find what I am most passionate about. The university has given me many opportunities to network with professionals and explore various career fields. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have. I look forward to meeting all of your smiling faces!

Leslie Harrison

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Howdy! My name is Leslie Harrison and I am a senior in the Department of Agricultural Economics. I am from Katy, Texas and am currently studying Agricultural Economics. I actually don’t have an agriculture background at all. I grew up in a concrete jungle, and during my junior year of high school I was accidentally placed in an agriculture class and fell in love with the industry. Coming from so far away, I was really comforted that the students and faculty in the department truly care about you and want you to succeed. They really made East Campus feel like a home. The academic programs of study and leadership development opportunities through our Department prepare you for many different career options. You are sure to find an area that fits your interests. Outside of classes I am involved in the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) and am currently the Communications Intern for the Global Farmer Network. I hope to see you on campus soon!

Darin Knobbe

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Hello, my name is Darin Knobbe, I am a sophomore Agribusiness major from Imperial, Nebraska. Small town USA taught me the importance of being involved and pushing myself to succeed. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has given me many opportunities to continue to be actively involved and make a difference on campus. I serve as a student ambassador for the Agricultural Economics Department and am actively involved on campus. I am the Vice President of Programming in the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), a member of Ag Economics/Agribusiness Club (AEAC), actively involved as an Engler Entrepreneur, and a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. These clubs and organizations have taught me to think outside the box, push myself, and above all, appreciate what it means to fail. I have learned to embrace and learn from failure to make myself better and help others succeed. I look forward to helping you all succeed throughout your college career and lives, and if I can help in any way do not hesitate to ask me.

Caleb Nuehring

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Hi, my name is Caleb Nuehring. I am a senior Agribusiness major, with an Agronomy minor. I grew up on a farm in Plainview, Nebraska and my dad farms in Rockwell, Iowa. Growing up around agriculture I am aware of the importance of technological advances in agriculture and have developed a passion for learning as much as possible about the industry. I considered a couple other universities before choosing the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. East Campus played a large part in my decision to attend UNL. I learned that I would get to know professors and peers on campus. Current students told me about the hometown atmosphere and the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technology and other relevant information in classes. In addition to progressing in my college studies, I have become heavily involved with campus organizations and leadership roles, including the National Agri-Marketing Association, Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness Club, and FarmHouse Fraternity. I am also an Intramural Sports Officiating/Staff Assistant, and a Teaching Assistant in both Agricultural Economics and Agronomy classes. When I graduate in May I will be working full time for Helena Chemical Company as a sales representative. I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years here at the university and I hope you do as well.

Jake Werner

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Hello! My name is Jake Werner. I am currently a senior at the Nebraska studying Agribusiness with a minor in Agricultural Economics. I grew up in Humphrey, Nebraska, where I helped my parents in our hardware store and also worked with my grandpa on the family farm. Coming to college, I knew I wanted to find a way to combine my interests in both business and agriculture. The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) couldn’t be a better fit. I can honestly say that our Department of Agricultural Economics faculty and advisors are second to none, and they have introduced me to more opportunities than I ever thought possible. Aside from being a Student Ambassador for the department, I am also President of our student National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) chapter, a member of the Ag Economics/Agribusiness Club (AEAC), and actively involved in several intramural sports teams on campus. Getting involved on campus has helped me meet other students and faculty and build my professional network. During my college career, I have had the opportunity to intern with Cargill, The Scoular Company, and Archer Daniels Midland Company where I will continue my professional career after graduation as a commodity merchandiser. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you all on campus soon!