Awards

For Teachers

FFA Advisor of the Year

Due Date: March 1

Two selected educators will be chosen for FFA Advisor of the Year. The two winners will be awarded $1,000 to be used by the FFA chapter. The winners of FFA Advisor of the Year will be recognized during the State FFA Annual Convention, which will be held virtually, April 7-9, 2021. A plaque and check will be presented during this time.

Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

Due Date: December 6

Description: The Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a teacher for their interest and integrated efforts to teach students about the importance of agriculture.

The winner of the award receives:

  • A trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference to gain new ideas for their classroom.
  • Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation Book Bundle with twelve agriculture books with corresponding literature guides for their classroom.
  • $250 cash prize for use in their classroom.

To apply, the teacher must:

  • Be a full-time teacher currently engaged in integrating agriculture concepts into non-vocational agriculture classroom settings at the kindergarten to 8th grade levels.
  • Past winners my not apply again.

National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award

Due Date: December 1

The National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award is sponsored by USDA’s Agriculture in the Classroom Program and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium. This competitive program recognizes a select group of teachers that teach agriculture concepts in their curriculum and meet their State Standards. Each teacher receives an honorarium of $500 and $1,500 for expenses to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference held at different locations in the United States. Four Nebraska Teachers have received this award.

If you would like to apply contact Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom state contact Courtney Shreve at courtneys@nefb.org or (402) 421-4461.

Dr. Allen G. and Kay L. Blezek Teacher Retention Award

Application Deadline: August 1

Through a generous bequest from Dr. Allen G. Blezek, the Teacher Retention Award is available to support the continuation and growth of vibrant Agricultural Education and FFA programs in Nebraska.

Selected applicants will receive awards of $1,000 to $1,500. Current Nebraska Agricultural Education teachers who are entering their first through fifth year of teaching are encouraged to apply.

A Farm Bureau membership is required to apply. Join or renew at www.nefb.org.

New in 2022: Applicants are no longer required to have outstanding student loans to qualify for this award.

For Students

Keith R. Olsen Agricultural Policy Internship Award

Due Date: November

The Keith R. Olsen Agricultural Policy Internship award provides students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources the opportunity to complete an internship in Washington, D.C.

Students who participate in the Washington, D.C., program will work full-time on Capitol Hill for a member of Nebraska’s Congressional Delegation, a selected committee in the House of Representatives/Senate or at one of a number of agricultural organizations based in Washington, D.C.

Applications for the internship award are due in November

For more information about this award contact Dr. Brad Lubben at blubben2@unl.edu.