Women's basketball vs. Maryland
Ronnie Green talks about entrepreneurship in agriculture and how the Engler Program at Nebraska has supported students and graduates to launch a number of ag-focused businesses. Ronnie also talks about the makerspace at Nebraska Innovation Campus, and a new feature making it possible for any Nebraskan to request help from a person who uses the makerspace.
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[00:00:01.790]Welcome back, we're at the half.
[00:00:02.930]We're in studio with Chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:00:04.880]Matt Coatney with you and it seems like
[00:00:07.340]any time we're talking Maryland basketball,
[00:00:09.370]it's a tough match up, isn't it?
[00:00:11.040]It sure is.
[00:00:11.890]Of course, their women have been powerhouses
[00:00:13.670]for a number of years and going to play
[00:00:16.150]in College Park is a hill to climb
[00:00:18.570]and so our women are there tonight
[00:00:20.250]and I'm looking forward to a second half here
[00:00:23.650]that's gonna be a great second half.
[00:00:26.140]Knew it'd be a test for our team,
[00:00:29.030]expecting to see a really good second half ahead.
[00:00:32.350]Well Chancellor, entrepreneurship is an important mindset
[00:00:35.760]and skillset for young people in all fields of study
[00:00:38.420]and in Nebraska, it's especially important in agriculture.
[00:00:42.110]What's an example of how Nebraska students
[00:00:44.191]in ag are developing as entrepreneurs?
[00:00:47.380]Well, Matt, about 10 years ago, we had a major gift
[00:00:52.200]that was given to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:00:54.550]from Paul Engler, an alumni of the university,
[00:00:57.640]grew up in Bassett, Nebraska,
[00:00:59.910]became the largest cattle feeder in the world
[00:01:02.490]with an organization on Cactus Feeders he built
[00:01:05.340]in the Panhandle of Texas,
[00:01:07.020]and Paul gave back a $20 million gift to UNL
[00:01:10.430]to establish an agribusiness entrepreneurship program,
[00:01:13.510]called the Engler Program,
[00:01:15.390]that we put in place beginning in 2010.
[00:01:17.990]It's been a huge success.
[00:01:20.860]Trying to stimulate growth of new businesses
[00:01:24.160]through the development of students who come to us
[00:01:27.290]and not always study entrepreneurship,
[00:01:29.970]but heavily put a focus on entrepreneurship.
[00:01:34.733]90% of the 160 alumni that have been produced through
[00:01:38.610]that program over the last 10 years have stayed here,
[00:01:42.820]in Nebraska, or in the Great Plains region,
[00:01:46.040]and are starting businesses or doing really well.
[00:01:49.310]Launched over 60 new enterprises over
[00:01:51.720]that period of time from Engler alumns.
[00:01:54.890]Tom Field is the director of that program.
[00:01:57.170]Tom is a long-time colleague of mine,
[00:01:59.050]we were on faculty together in Colorado State University
[00:02:02.700]and in grad school together.
[00:02:03.970]I knew when we came here
[00:02:05.430]that the Engler Program needed this guy as the director.
[00:02:08.720]He came in 2012 and has been leading it since.
[00:02:12.050]Good example of the success of the program is
[00:02:15.360]from a business called Oak Barn Beef started
[00:02:19.470]by a current senior in our program
[00:02:22.140]that's an Animal Science major, Hannah Esch.
[00:02:24.830]She started the business in 2018
[00:02:28.150]and it's based on her family's farming operation
[00:02:30.580]near Unadilla, here in the state.
[00:02:33.730]She's using her education to incorporate DNA testing
[00:02:37.860]in the production of beef,
[00:02:39.530]that's a field I know a little something
[00:02:41.170]about from a few years back,
[00:02:43.060]and she's using sustainable and ethical methods
[00:02:45.520]of raising cattle in that process
[00:02:47.680]and branding that process as well.
[00:02:51.460]And she states it very clearly,
[00:02:53.810]she wouldn't of had the ability
[00:02:57.120]or the resources to be able to get into
[00:03:00.270]that business off the ground without her experience
[00:03:03.610]in the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program
[00:03:06.340]where they develop the mindset of an owner,
[00:03:08.890]they provide resources and mentorship
[00:03:11.510]to help answer tough questions
[00:03:13.090]in the business development phase
[00:03:14.830]and be able to help them make decisions.
[00:03:17.440]So the Engler Program has truly been exceptional for us.
[00:03:21.050]We can point to lots of examples
[00:03:23.060]in those 60 enterprises that have been started through it
[00:03:26.470]over the course of the last 10 years.
[00:03:29.553]And another strong resource for entrepreneurs has,
[00:03:32.830]of course, been Innovation Campus
[00:03:34.640]and the Nebraska Innovation Studio or makerspace there.
[00:03:38.370]What's the latest news from the makerspace?
[00:03:40.840]Well we started the Nebraska Innovation Studio,
[00:03:43.510]was one of the very first things
[00:03:45.130]that went out at Innovation Campus,
[00:03:47.360]it's in the former 4-H building
[00:03:49.160]on the former State Fair grounds,
[00:03:51.000]was opened in 2013-14 period of time,
[00:03:54.720]and it's the largest makerspace in the state of Nebraska.
[00:03:58.960]Where a makerspace is a space
[00:04:01.890]that is equipped with all kinds of equipments,
[00:04:04.570]so think woodworking, metalworking, laser cutting,
[00:04:07.450]3D printing, even quilting and looms,
[00:04:12.300]and the use of looms, are available in that makerspace,
[00:04:16.660]and it's been a big success for us,
[00:04:19.430]here at the university and at Innovation Campus.
[00:04:22.290]But in addition to the interest of people who come
[00:04:25.100]and participate in and be part of that makerspace
[00:04:28.200]or members of the makerspace,
[00:04:31.030]David Martin, who is the director of the Innovation Studio,
[00:04:35.830]recognized recently an obvious need
[00:04:38.360]that could improve the Innovation Studio space
[00:04:41.510]where he had interest from the public
[00:04:43.970]about requesting a maker,
[00:04:46.040]one of the people using the makerspace,
[00:04:48.710]to help produce something for them.
[00:04:50.930]So recently, on the Nebraska Innovation Studio website,
[00:04:55.010]there's now a button there that you can go to and you,
[00:04:59.080]there's one for becoming a member,
[00:05:00.620]but there's also one for requesting a maker.
[00:05:03.250]So, anyone in the public might want,
[00:05:05.660]be able to match up a person who is using a makerspace
[00:05:09.670]to make specific things for them as well.
[00:05:13.680]Members of the studio now are getting requests to do that.
[00:05:17.970]It's been a great way to kinda connect those projects,
[00:05:21.320]things like, request for example,
[00:05:23.960]a wooden trinket box, 3D laser-printed lightsaber.
[00:05:29.140]Gotta use your imagination on that one.
[00:05:31.860]So, just all kinds of opportunities there.
[00:05:35.690]One of the greatest stories
[00:05:37.410]of Nebraska Innovation Studio is that veterans,
[00:05:42.390]there are some veterans who have gone in
[00:05:45.150]and begun to make ink pens out of wood and wood crafting
[00:05:50.750]that's become a quite popular product
[00:05:52.830]out of the Innovation Studio
[00:05:54.820]and it's also been a way that those veterans,
[00:05:57.720]some who suffer from PTSD,
[00:06:00.030]have been able to cope with or make something positive
[00:06:04.690]out of that experience themselves.
[00:06:08.770]So Innovation Studio is doing really, really well
[00:06:12.170]and great work there that's going on
[00:06:13.960]at the largest makerspace in the state of Nebraska.
[00:06:16.280]Now just wonderful stuff.
[00:06:17.700]Chancellor, thank you very much
[00:06:18.820]for joining us here at the half, as always.
[00:06:21.130]Go Big Red in the second half against the Terps!
[00:06:23.034]All right, there's Chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:06:25.080]Matt Coatney with you.
[00:06:26.000]We'll have more halftime in a few moments.
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