Rex Nelson is an Associate Extension Educator and Unit Leader at the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City. As part of the Community Vitality Initiative team at UNL his work seeks to build stronger rural communities in two primary areas: Working in business development in regional food systems and agri-tourism, he supports growth of the local food industry. His work also includes community strategic planning and development, with a goal of creating and supporting strong rural communities through effective planning and leadership, entrepreneurship, recruiting new residents and engaging youth and young adults. Nelson grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm near Curtis Nebraska, and operated the farm upon receiving his B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He has served as adjunct faculty of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis Nebraska. He served for twelve years as Executive Director of McCook Economic Development, in the rural community of McCook Nebraska, practicing business and community development,housing development and entrepreneurship support.
- BS, University of Nebraska, 1977
- Other, Kansas State University, 2004