CGS graphicUpcoming Conference

The 2014 NGC will start at the Kearney Ramada (note new location!) on August 12 and end at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds for a live cattle handling demo on August 13. When available, you will be able to download the brochure containing the registration form here. You may also use this one-page form to register.

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




2014 Topics and Speakers (program not finalized)

People sitting around table

Participants enjoy the opportunity to visit in small groups with speakers. Here, Bob Budd with the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, answers questions during a break at the 2009 Nebraska Grazing Conference.

Tuesday, Aug. 12 (reg. begins 9:00 AM; program begins 10:00)

  • Opening remarks, Chuck Schroeder, founding executive director, University of Nebraska's Rural Futures Institute, Lincoln, NE
  • Water capture, transfer and storage, Nate Garrett, USDA-NRCS, Grand Island, NE
  • Soil health and grazing, Jay Norton, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
  • Mob grazing research, Walter Schacht/Jerry Volesky, UNL, Lincoln/North Platte, NE
  • Concurrent Sessions: (A) Experiences with mob grazing – producer panel; (B) Wildlife & grazing – Larkin Powell, UNL, Lincoln, NE; Stephen Winter, Certified Wildlife Biologist®, Winona, MN
  • GrassSnap: A mobile app for monitoring grasslands, Bethany Johnston, UNL Extension, Thedford, NE
  • Managing during and after drought, Julie Elliott/Nadine Bishop, USDA-NRCS, Holyoke, CO/Imperial, NE

 Wednesday, Aug. 13 (reg. 8:00 AM; program begins 8:30; ends before 4:00)

  • Stockmanship and stewardship fundamentals, Curt Pate,* Hubbard, TX
  • Panel of producers using low-stress animal handling techniques on pasture/range
  • Research on switchgrass for forage and biomass, Rob Mitchell, USDA-ARS, Lincoln, NE
  • Management practices of 2013 Leopold Conservation Award winner, Beel Family, Johnstown, NE
  • Total stockmanship: Live cattle handling and roping demonstrations at fairgrounds, Curt Pate*

*Pate's appearance is sponsored in part by the Beef Checkoff

2014 COST:

Registration is $80 if postmarked by Aug. 1 and $95 afterward. Morning walk-in registrations at the hotel are welcome and may be for either or both days. Reduced registration fees are offered for full-time high school or college students. Registration fees will be paid by the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources for students who will still be in high school this fall and who pre-register by the Aug. 1 deadline. Contact the Center for Grassland Studies for details, 402-472-4101.


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, You can also view the current sponsorship form.


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 28 by calling the Kearney Ramada, 308-237-3141 (specify the Nebraska Grazing Conference).