Upcoming Conference

CGS graphic

The 2016 Nebraska Grazing Conference was held at the Kearney Ramada on Tuesday-Wednesday, August 9-10. The below information will be retained here until it is updated in late spring for the 2017 NGC, which will be held same place on Aug. 8-9.

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, grassland@unl.edu.  Feel free to download the conference brochure or flyer and distribute widely!

please choose one of the following registration types. If a student registrant will be in high school this fall, call the Center for Grassland Studies, 402-472-4101, about possible free registration. If you are a media representative, call or email the Center for Grassland Studies to obtain a waiver of day registration fees. For other questions about the online registration process, call 402-472-5636.

2016 Program

TUESDAY, August 9

9:00 Registration opens (refreshments in exhibit area)
10:00 Welcome and announcements
10:10 Opening remarks, Don Adams, UNL, Ithaca, NE
10:30 Using cover crops for fall forage, Mary Drewnoski, UNL, Lincoln, NE
11:15 Grazing diversity with annuals and cover crops, Wayne Rasmussen, Plainview, NE
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Heifer Link: A program to help young ranchers get started, Ron Rosati, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, University of Nebraska, Curtis, NE
1:30 Giving/getting opportunities to start a grazing operation – Lyle Perman, Lowry, SD; Ryan Sexson, Nenzel, NE
2:45 Break (refreshments in exhibit area)
3:15 Pyric herbivory to promote livestock production and wildlife conservation, Sam Fuhlendorf, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
4:00 Effect of grazing system type on bird habitats and bird communities in the Nebraska Sandhills, Maggi Sliwinski, UNL, Lincoln, NE      
4:45 Management practices of 2015 Leopold Conservation Award winner: Shaw Family, Brian Shaw, Fairfield, NE
5:15  Social (compliments of Kearney Ramada)
6:45 Banquet with speaker, Bob Kinford, Van Horn, TX

WEDNESDAY, August 10
8:00 Registration opens (refreshments in exhibit area)
8:30 Forage and future U.S. beef production, Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
9:15 Factors to consider when making economic decisions in larger grazing operations, Trey Patterson, Padlock Ranch Co, Ranchester, WY
10:00 Break (refreshments in exhibit area)
10:30 Holistic herding and planned grazing, Bob Kinford, Van Horn, TX
11:30 Lunch
12:30 Building rangeland resilience to drought, Tonya Haigh, UNL, Lincoln, NE
1:15 The positive side of drought and drought planning at Daybreak Ranch, Jim Faulstich, Highmore, SD
2:00 Impact of removal of corn residue on grain yield and forage measurements at six cooperator sites, Rick Rasby, UNL, Lincoln, NE
3:00 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. See all registration options by clicking on the applicable TO REGISTER NOW link above. 

Registrations are 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, click on the Sponsor/exhibitor information and registration link above or contact Brent Plugge, Extension Educator in Kearney, 308-236-1235, bplugge1@unl.edu.


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