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[The 2014 event has passed, but we leave the following information here until we have information to post on the next NGC, which will be Aug. 11-12, 2015 in Kearney. Please check back in late April when we hope to have 2015 information for you.]

The 2014 Nebraska Grazing Conference will start at the Kearney Ramada (note new location!) on Tuesday, August 12, and end at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds for a live cattle handling demo on Wednesday, August 13, by The Horse Whisperer consultant Curt Pate. There will be no separate registration at the Fairgrounds, so those wishing to hear and see Curt Pate's talk and demo but not the Tuesday program must do a Wednesday-only registration either by Aug. 1 at the pre-registration rate or that morning at the hotel (a Wednesday-only registration includes morning refreshments, lunch and the conference proceedings).

You may download the brochure containing the registration form, or use this one-page form to register.

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

Here is a one-page flyer that may be copied and distributed at events to help spread the word!

2014 Program

TUESDAY, August 12

  9:00    Registration (browse exhibit area, refreshments)
10:00    Welcome and announcements
10:10    Opening remarks, Chuck Schroeder, founding executive director, Rural Futures Institute, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
10:30    Water capture, transfer and storage, Nate Garrett, USDA-NRCS, Grand Island, NE; John Martin, Pleasanton, NE; Roy Westover, Ashby, NE
11:45    Lunch
12:45    Soil health and grazing, Jay Norton, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
 1:30    Mob grazing research, Walter Schacht/Jerry Volesky, UNL, Lincoln/North Platte, NE
 2:15    Refreshment break in exhibit area
 2:45    Concurrent Sessions:
    A) Producer experiences with mob grazing, Tyler Greer, Rusty Star Cattle Co., Ainsworth, NE; Randy Holmquist, Reliance, SD
    B) Wildlife and grazing, Larkin Powell, UNL, Lincoln, NE; Stephen Winter, Certified Wildlife Biologist®, Winona, MN
 4:00    Reconvene
 4:15    GrassSnap: A mobile app for monitoring grasslands, Bethany Johnston, UNL Extension, Thedford, NE
 4:45    Managing during and after drought, Julie Elliott/Nadine Bishop, USDA-NRCS, Holyoke, CO/Imperial, NE
 5:30    Social in exhibit area
 7:00    Banquet

WEDNESDAY, August 13

 8:00    Registration (browse exhibit area, refreshments)
 8:30    Stockmanship and stewardship fundamentals, Curt Pate,* Hubbard, TX
 9:15    Panel of Nebraska producers using low-stress animal handling techniques on pasture/range: Ben Bailey, Lakeside; Hadley Hill, Wauneta; Ryan Sexson, Nenzel
10:00    Refreshment break in exhibit area
10:30    Research on switchgrass for forage and biomass, Rob Mitchell, USDA-ARS, Lincoln, NE
11:15    Management practices of 2013 Leopold Conservation Award winner, Beel Family, Johnstown, NE
11:45    Lunch
 1:15    Total stockmanship: Live cattle handling and roping demonstrations at fairgrounds, Curt Pate*
 3:45    Adjourn

*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. Those interested only in the Pate presentations must complete and pay for a Wednesday-only registration (includes lunch) either in advance or on the morning of Aug. 13 at the conference registration desk in the Kearney Ramada. Questions should be directed to the Center for Grassland Studies, 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).