Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars

Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars


Faculty Advisor
Dr. Matt Spangler

Nebraska Beef Summit Info:
Nebraska Cattlemen
1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 101
Lincoln, NE 68508-2833
Fax to (402) 475-0822

The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Program is a unique minor available to UNL students.  This minor is part of a greater effort to improve beef education and research in the state of Nebraska, an initiative we refer to as BEEF.


From production of calves and feeding cattle to slaughter and fabrication of beef products for consumers, the Nebraska beef industry holds a premier ranking in the USA. The University of Nebraska- Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources offers a unique educational opportunity for building tomorrow's leaders of the nation's beef industry. The program combines the strengths of Nebraska's beef industry and leaders with nationally recognized faculty to provide students with a highly focused, beef-centered educational experience.


The Nebraska BEEF (Beef Education Excellence for the Future) program ensures that UNL students, in various majors, will acquire the science, technology, business, and leadership education required for success in our beef industry. Students will engage in seminar courses with industry leaders and specialty courses in cow-calf production, feedlot management and meats processing, building toward a senior-level beef systems capstone course. An intensive internship in the beef industry is an integral component of the Nebraska BEEF program.


Students in the Nebraska BEEF program will develop as scholars of the beef industry. Located in Nebraska, the heart of the nation's beef industry, this program combines the knowledge and insights of industry leaders with science-based course led by nationlly recognized faculty. The excellence of Nebraska beef industry leaders and UNL BEEF faculty are the foundation for this program.

To be successful as a leader in the beef industry of the future, students of today will need an edge- an edge formed by a challenging, futuristic, industry- centered curriculum and learning experience. The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Program offers that!

Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Q & A

What is the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars minor?
The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars minor is a unique educational opportunity to develop future leaders for the beef industry. It combines learning opportunities provided by Nebraska beef industry leaders and University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty. It is part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's BEEF (Beef Education Excellence for the Future) initiative to enhance beef education in Nebraska.

What makes the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars (BIS) minor unique?

The Nebraska BIS minor combines the knowledge and insights and direct involvement of leaders in the beef industry with science-based courses led by nationally recognized faculty. Students can focus intently on the beef industry through hands-on classes, thought-provoking seminars, internships and other activities designed specifically for them.

What careers are Nebraska BIS equipped for?

Graduates will become the new leaders of the beef industry. They will become the seedstock breeders, ranchers, feedlot managers, processing managers, bankers, veterinarians and executive directors of beef and cattlemen's associations that assist in all aspects of beef production from conception to consumption.

What courses are required for the NBIS minor?

Minor Requirements (pdf)

What are the future benefits awaiting UNL graduates with Nebraska BIS minor?

Graduates with the Nebraska BIS minor will be the best trained individuals entering into jobs in the beef industry. Their specialized education that combines scientific and practical skills is coupled with a strong network of colleagues gained through the Nebraska BIS minor. Following graduation and accumulated industry experiences, Nebraska BIS participants are expected to evolve into the industry leaders of the future.

NE Beef Industry Scholars Scholarships

Scholarships are available through the Animal Science Department, based on funding provided by the Nebraska Cattlemen. These scholarships will be awarded to students who plan on being a part of the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars (NBIS) during their collegiate career. Students should have a strong interest in the beef industry.

The application is the same as for other Animal Science Freshman scholarships and is available on the Scholarships and Financial Aid page. Applications are due February 15th each year.

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The 11th Annual Nebraska Beef Industry Summit will take place on Thursday, November 16th at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Everyone is welcome to attend the seminar, which will begin with registration at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be catered and is included with the $50 registration fee. Space is limited, so please register and send form to the Nebraska Cattlemen by November 9th to secure your place. After receiving your completed registration, we will send you additional event information.
Sponsorships are welcome to help support the event. You can find information regarding the sponsorships levels, as well as Sponsorship Intent Form to the left. If you would like to support the Summit, please print out the form and mail it to the Nebraska Cattlemen Office. If you would like more information about sponsoring or would prefer to talk to a member of the senior Beef Scholars class, please email Kyle at or Jacy at
Keeping with the tradition of past annual summits, the senior Beef Scholars have developed a program of strong speakers addressing current industry issues. The following topics will be discussed at this year's event.

  • CattleFax Market Outlook
  • NCBA Policy Update
  • Panel Discussion: Employee Development and Labor Training
  • Trade with USMEF
  • Defending Modern Agriculture
  • State Tax Reform Panel