Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg is reminding Nebraskans that they have until June 30 to submit photos of children or photos taken by children in farm or ranch settings to be entered in the NEST on the Farm Fun Photo Drawing. Winners will be recognized at 11 a.m. August 27 on the Family Fun Zone Stage at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
Six winners will receive contributions to Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) savings accounts valued at $1,000 each. The drawing is sponsored by Treasurer Stenberg, who is Trustee of NEST, and First National Bank of Omaha, the program manager for NEST. NEST is Nebraska’s state-sponsored, tax-advantaged 529 college savings program.
The photos must be taken in a farm or ranch setting to emphasize Nebraska’s agricultural heritage. The photos may feature children 13 or younger, as of June 30, as the subjects, or they may be taken by the children age 13 or younger themselves. Each photo must be accompanied by a caption of fewer than 15 words. Professional photographs are not allowed. The photos must be in digital format with a file size of less than 5 MB. Details can be found at treasurer.nebraska.gov and at NEST529.com.
“We are looking forward to this year’s photographs. Last year, we received photos of old wagons, branding tools, and antique tractors as well as farm animals large and small and children enjoying their Nebraska agricultural heritage,” said State Treasurer Stenberg. “NEST on the Farm has been a popular scholarship opportunity that introduces children and families to the concept of saving money for college and highlights one of Nebraska’s greatest resources, its farm, ranch, and outdoor life.”
“We’re excited to see Nebraska’s strong tradition of farming and ranching and the beauty of the state through the eyes of children,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, First National Bank of Omaha.
When submitting the photo, entrants are asked to follow these rules:
NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 261,000 accounts, including 84,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.