Catch Up With Chuck Episode 17 Creating Rural Opportunities with NU Student Shelby Riggs


Mar. 8, 2018

Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is University of Nebraska student Shelby Riggs from Mitchell, South Dakota. She is involved with the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and is a RFI Student Serviceship alum.

Riggs decided to go out-of-state to further her education after seeing the personalization of programs at the University of NebraskaLincoln. She was also drawn to Nebraska because of the indoor arena at the Animal Science Complex on campus and the many activities offered. She sees extracurricular activities as areas in which a student can supplement his or her education and put it to use.

Because she is interested in serving rural communities and seeing rural opportunities, Riggs was drawn to the RFI Student Serviceship program. Her serviceship was focused on helping with a community marketing project in York, Nebraska, and preparing for an LB840 election.

The Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program has allowed Riggs to create her own “Engler experience” with a family business management class, the innovation studio, Engler rallies and networking opportunities.


“If we are able to capture the essence of our rural communities—what makes us special, why do we stay here—and then share it with other people. “

-Shelby Riggs


Riggs believes in the importance of rural areas, and she hopes to return to a rural community to build her career after she graduates. She is passionate about using agri-tourism, ecotourism and other rural-based adventures as economic development tools for rural areas. RFI believes in people’s capacity to shape their own futures.


Catch Up With Chuck is Facebook Live series with Rural Futures Institute Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder. Airing most Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (CST) on RFI’s Facebook Page, Chuck uses this time to discuss critical rural topics and the latest about RFI while answering viewers’ questions. Stay in touch with Catch Up With Chuck and the Rural Futures Institute through Facebook and Twitter. We will be back soon with another episode looking at rural people and places, success stories, innovators, thinkers and doers who are making rural communities a legitimate best choice for worthwhile living.