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The 2015 Nebraska Grazing Conference will be held at the Kearney Ramada on Tuesday-Wednesday, August 11-12. While there are a few program details to finalize, the following is the information as it currently stands.

Each year the printed brochure is mailed to past NGC participants in June. For questions, or to be added to the brochure mailing list, contact the Center for Grassland Studies, 402-472-4101,

We will soon post a one-page flyer that may be copied and distributed at events to help spread the word!

2015 Program

(Program subject to revision; listed speakers are confirmed, but topics are not necessarily final titles of the presentations.)

TUESDAY, August 11
  9:00 Registration (refreshments in exhibit area)
10:00 Opening remarks, TBA
10:30 Poisonous native range plants, Richard Knight, Tucson, AZ (formerly with Colorado State U.)
11:30 Management practices of 2014 Leopold Conservation Award winner: Pelster Family, Duane Pelster, Ericson, NE
12:00 Lunch
  1:00 Ecosystem benefits from and needs for fire, Dirac Twidwell, UNL, Lincoln, NE
  1:45 Using fire for rangeland purposes, Sam Fuehlendorf, Oklahoma State U., Stillwater, OK
  2:30 Break (refreshments in exhibit area)
  3:00 Grassland response to prescribed burns, Michael Clarke, Berwyn, NE and Scott Stout, Curtis, NE
  4:00 Grazing lessons learned when starting from scratch, Sage Askin, Riverton, WY
  5:00 Social in exhibit area
  6:30 Banquet with speaker, R.P. Smith, Broken Bow, NE

WEDNESDAY, August 12
  8:30 Grassland and livestock benefits from annual forages, Daren Redfearn, UNL, Lincoln, NE
  9:15 Controlling risk in grazing programs, Jay Parsons, UNL, Lincoln, NE
10:00 Break (refreshments in exhibit area)
10:30 Using annual forage/cover crops, Nancy Peterson, Gordon, NE & Jerry Glaser, Spalding, NE
11:15 Livestock risks with cultivated crops, Richard Knight, Tucson, AZ (formerly with Colorado State U.)
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Influencing livestock grazing distribution, Mitch Stephenson, UNL, Scottsbluff, NE
  1:30 Insect control in grazing livestock, David Boxler, UNL, North Platte, NE
  2:15 Closing comments and adjourn


The full two-day pre-registration fee of $80 covers lunch both days, the evening banquet, break refreshments, and the conference proceedings. One-day registrations are also available. Registration fee will be waived for students who will still be in high school this fall and who pre-register by the August 1 deadline, compliments of the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Reduced registration fees apply for other full-time students. Higher fees apply to registrations after August 1, which includes walk-ins. Cancellations called into the Center for Grassland Studies by Aug. 1, 2015 will receive a full refund. Cancellations after Aug. 1 will not receive a refund but will be sent a copy of the proceedings upon request.

Registration this year will be done online.  Even if you do not want to pay online with credit card, you simply complete the online registration and mark the "pay by check" option, after which you will mail your check to the designated address. Anyone not able to register online should call 402-472-5636 and your information will be taken over the phone by a UNL employee and entered into the registration database. The deadline to receive pre-registration rates is August 1, which means if paying by check rather than credit card, payment must be postmarked by August 1.



If your company/organization has never been a sponsor/exhibitor at this annual conference and you wish to know more about sponsoring/exhibiting, contact Brent Plugge, Extension Educator in Kearney, 308-236-1235,, or see below link.



Kearney Ramada
301 2nd Ave (Exit 272 on I-80)
Kearney, Nebraska

To get the Conference rate of $79.95 + tax (includes hot breakfast), make room reservations by July 27 by calling the Kearney Ramada, 308-237-3141 (specify the Nebraska Grazing Conference).