Thank You To Our Partners | University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

With Gratitude

During this month of Thanksgiving, we take some extra time to share our gratitude for all of our partners — individuals and communities of place and practice. Thank you for all you do to bring forward the research and hands-on work for thriving rural communities of the future.


The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska understands that to truly make a statewide, regional, national and international impact for current and future residents of rural communities, we must partner with the boldest, action-oriented thought leaders and achievers around the world.


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Today we especially thank the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR).


RFI has generated tremendous impact throughout Nebraska thanks to numerous faculty and students, and a variety of departments and programs throughout CASNR.


RFI Research & Teaching Projects


RFI Serviceship Students

Christy Cooper
Cozad, Neb., 2018

Emily Frenzen
McCook, Neb., 2018

Cheyenne Gerlach
Norfolk, Neb., 2018

Michyala Goedeken
Neligh, Neb., 2018

Samantha Guenther
Norfolk, Neb., 2018

Mirissa Scholting
Alliance, Neb., 2018

Shelby Utech
Cozad, Neb., 2018

Jessica Weeder
Broken Bow, Neb., 2018

Sage Williams
McCook, Neb., 2018

Sydni Lienemann
North Platte, Neb., 2017

Shelby Riggs
York, Neb., 2017

Madeleine Schwinghammer
West Point, Neb., 2017

Andrew Ambriz
McCook, Neb., 2016

Jamie Mashino
Curtis, Neb., 2016

Paul O’Dell
Friend, Neb., 2016

Rachel Pettid
Nebraska City, Neb., 2016

Cassie Thornburg
Nebraska City, Neb., 2016

Darcy Arends
Stuart, Neb., 2015

Emily Compas
Brownville, Neb., 2015

Kate Likens
O’Neill, Neb., 2015

Brianna Meyer
O’Neill, Neb., 2015

Tanner Nelson
Cambridge, Neb., 2015

Jessica Bartak
Kimball, Neb., 2014

Amanda Burau
Ord, Neb., 2014

Amanda Clymer
Ord, Neb., 2014

Alyssa Dye
Neligh, Neb., 2014

Brooks Ronspies
Valentine, Neb., 2014

Emelia Woeppel
Kimball, Neb., 2014

Jordyn Bader
Holdrege, Neb., 2013

Bethany Blackburn
Seward, Neb., 2015

Sydney Hansen
Holdrege, Neb., 2015

Jared Knobbe
Red Cloud, Neb., 2015

Morgan Netz
Seward, Neb., 2015




Innovation Partner

Thank you to the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program for being our consistent thought and stellar office mate!

Get a taste of our conversations with Engler through our interview with Tom Field, Ph.D., Engler Director, via Episode 2 of Rural Futures With Dr. Connie podcast (available where you listen).

Episode 2



Thank you, CASNR, for all you do for students and communities throughout Nebraska!