Past Conference Proceedings

Speakers and session topics from past Nebraska Grazing Conferences are shown below. In addition, links to conference proceedings have been provided for review or print. Proceedings include biographies on speakers, as well as their presentation materials, when provided by speakers.

2018

To learn more about the speakers and topics of the 2018 Nebraska Grazing Conference, click 2018 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Overview of Choquette Ranch by Jim Choquette, Upland, NE
  • Field Applications of Pasture and Ecological Monitoring by Christine Su, CEO, PastureMap, San Francisco, CA
  • Field Monitoring Exercise with Chrstine Su; Jim O'Rourke; Bethany Johnston; Brad Schick; Ben Beckman, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension, Hartington, NE; and Jace Stott, Assistant Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension, Ainsworth, NE.
  • Prescribed Fire, Bird Monitoring and Butterfly Date by Andrew Pierson, Director of Conservation, Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, NE
  • Strategies for Rangeland Monitoring by Jim O'Rourke, RuJoDen Ranch, Chadron, NE
  • Keeping Your Ranching Operation in the Family for Future Generations by Ron Hanson, Harlan Agribusiness Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nipomo, CA
  • Multi-species Grazing: Incorporating on Your Ranch by Sage Askin, Askin Land & Livestock, Lusk, WY
  • Why Do Ewe Run Cows? by Brock Terrell, Terrell Farms, Hay Springs, NE
  • Lesser Prairie Chicken, Grazing Systems and a Search for Soluntions by John Kraft, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • It Depends: Relationships between Wildlife and Livestock Grazing Management Vary Across Space and Time by Lance McNew, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
  • Sharing Our Ranch Succession Planning Strategies and Experiences: A Ranch Producer Panel with Ron Hanson; Lynn Myers, Lewellen, NE; Mike Wintz, Bingham, NE; and Brock Terrell, Hay Springs, NE
  • Keeping Human Knowledge at the Center of Technology by Christine Su
  • Field Experience with Jeff Nichols, Natural Resources Conservation Service, North Platte, NE; Beau Mathewson, Producer, Ptter, NE; and Mitch Stephenson, Nebraska Extension, Scottsbluff, NE
  • Planting Decisions for Alternative Forages: Plant and Animal Perspectives with Daren Redfearn, Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Mary Drewnoski, Animal Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Producer Reflections with Homer Buell, Shovel Dot Ranch, Bassett, NE

2017

To access the 2017 proceedings manual click 2017 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:
  • Grazing Cell Design: Fixed vs. Flexible Design ... Jim Gerrish, Grazing Consultant/Owner, American GrazingLands Services, LLC
  • Beef Systems Initiative ... Archie Clutter, Dean/Director, Agricultural Research Division, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Grass-based Health and the Ruminant Revolution ... Peter Ballerstedt, Forage Product Manager, Barenbrug USA
  • The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Weedy Plants ... Chris Helzer, Director, Science for the Nebraska Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • 2016 Leopold Conservation Award Winner ... Nancy Peterson, Plum Thicket Farms
  • Managing Grassland Vegetation to Benefit Livestock and Wildlife ... Patricia Johnson, Professor, South Dakota State University, West River Ag Center
  • What is Plant Cover, and How Can We Manage It for Wildlife Needs? ... Dwayne Elmore, Associate Professor; Bollenbach Endowed Chair in Wildlife Management, Oklahoma State University
  • Fencing and Water Development Workshop ... Jim Gerrish, Grazing Consultant/Owner, American GrazingLands Services, LLC
  • Producer Panel: Annual Forages vs. Row Crops Under Irrigation ... John Maddux, Producer
  • Producer Panel: Economics of Grazing Strategies ... Jim Jenkins, Producer
  • It Costs How Much!? ... Aaron Berger, Extension Educator, University of Nebraska Extension, Panhandle Research and Extension Center
  • Managing Risks in a Risky World ... Jay Parsons, Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Selecting Cool-season Grasses for Irrigated or Dryland Conditions ... Peter Ballerstedt, Forage Product Manager, Barenbrug USA
  • Funding Wildlife Conservation on Private Land ... Bill Vodehnal, Wildlife Biologist II, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • NRCS Cost Share Programs ... Brad Soncksen, Nebraska Assistant State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service 

2016

To access the 2016 proceedings manual click 2016 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Using Cover Crops for Fall Forage ... Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Grazing Diversity with Annuals and Cover Crops ... Wayne Rasmussen, Plainview, NE
  • Heifer Link: A Program to Help Young Ranchers get Started ... Ron Rosati and Doug Smith, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Curtis, NE (plus Heifer Link information page & application)
  • Giving/Getting Opportunities to Start a Grazing Operation ... Lyle Perman, Lowry, SD and Ryan Sexson, Nenzel, NE
  • Pyric Herbivory to Promote Livestock Production and Wildlife Conservation ... Sam Fuhlendorf, Oklahoma St. University, Stillwater, OK
  • Effect of Grazing System Type on Bird Habitats and Bird Communities in the Nebraska Sandhills ... Maggi Sliwinski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE  
  • Management Practices of 2015 Leopold Conservation Award Winner: Shaw Family ... Brian Shaw, Fairfield, NE
  • Forage and Future U.S. Beef Production ... Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
  • Factors to Consider When Making Economic Decisions in Larger Grazing Operations ... Trey Patterson, Padlock Ranch Company, Ranchester, WY (plus his presentation slides that were not included in the printed proceedings.)
  • Holistic Herding and Planned Grazing ... Bob Kinford, Van Horn, TX
  • Rangeland Resiliance, Grazing Management, and Drought ... Tonya Haigh, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • The Positive Side of Drought and Drought Planning at Daybreak Ranch ... Jim Faulstich, Highmore, SD (plus the text to go with the slides)
  • Corn Residue Removal by Grazing and Effects on Grain Yield ... Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

For a list of Sponsers please click on the following link: MEET THE SPONSORS

2015

To access the 2015 proceedings manual click 2015 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Poisonous Native Range Plants (talk 1) and Livestock Poisoning Associated with Cultivated Crops (talk 2) ... Richard Knight, Tucson, AZ
  • Management Practices of 2014 Leopold Conservation Award Winner: Pelster Family ... Duane Pelster, Ericson, NE
  • Influencing Livestock Grazing Distribution ... Mitch Stephenson, University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff, NE
  • Ecosystem Benefits from Fire and Future Consequences of Not Burning ... Dirac Twidwell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Grassland Response to Prescribed Burns ... Russ Bloom, Scotia, NE
  • Benefits of Prescribed Burning on Plainview Ranch ... Michael Clarke, Berwyn, NE
  • Grassland Response to Prescribed Burns ... Scott Stout, Curtis, NE
  • Into the Future: Wyoming Grazing from a Start-up Perspective ... Sage Askin, Riverton, WY
  • Controlling Risk in Grazing-Based Production Systems ... Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 
  • Incorporating Annual Forages into Crop-Forage-Livestock Systems ... Daren Redfearn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Use of Annual Forages in a Grazing Livestock System ... Nancy Peterson, Gordon, NE & Jerry Glaser, Spalding, NE
  • Cover Crops on Glazer Farm - Jerry Glaser, Spalding, NE
  • Prescribed Fire Effects and Benefits for Cattle ...  Derek Scasta Ph.D., University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
  • Reducing Fly Populations on Pastured Cattle in Nebraska... David Boxler, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE

For a list of Sponsers please click on the following link: MEET THE SPONSORS

2014

To access the 2014 proceedings manual click 2014 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Water Capture, Transfer and Storage: Engineering Livestock Water Systems ... Nate Garrett, USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service, Grand Island, NE; John Clayton Martin, Pleasanton, NE
  • Water Capture, Transfer, and Storage ... Roy Westover, Ashby, NE
  • Soil Health and Grazing: Growing Soil and Livestock Go Together ... Jay Norton, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
  • Mob Grazing Research ... Walter Schacht , University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE;  Jerry Volesky University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE
  • Mob Grazing Research ... Tyler Greer, Rusty Star Cattle Company, Ainsworth, NE; Randy Holmquist, Reliance, SD
  • Wildlife and Grazing ... Larkin Powell, Univesity of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • The Response to Wildlife to Patch Burn Grazing ... Stephen Winter, Certified Wildlife Biologist┬«, Winona, MN
  • GrassSnap: A Mobile App for Monitoring Grasslands ... Bethany Johnston, University of Nebraska Extension, Thedford, NE
  • Long Term Effects of Drought: Planning for Recovery ... Julie Elliott (text & slides)/Nadine Bishop, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Holyoke, CO and Imperial, NE
  • Incentive to Learn Stockmanship ... Curt Pate, Hubbard, TX
  • Management of Sandhills Rangelands for Greater Prairie-Chickens ... Larkin Powell, Walter Schacht, Lars Anderson, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Panel of Nebraska Producers Using Low-stress Animal Handling Techniques on Pasture/Range ... Ben Bailey, Lakeside, NE; Hadley Hill, Wauneta, NE; and Ryan Sexson, Nenzel, NE
  • Switchgrass for Forage and Bioenergy ... Rob Mitchell, USDA Agricultural Research Services, 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

For a list of Sponsers please click on the following link:MEET THE SPONSORS

2013

To access the 2013 proceedings manual click 2013 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Key Indicators of Ranch Efficiencies and Resource Management and Monitoring ... Burke Teichert, Teichert Management and Consulting and former Rex Ranch manager, Orem, UT
  • Gracie Creek Ranch Grazing Plan Historical and Where We Are Now ... Bob Price and Lindsey Smith, and Terry DeGroff, Management Information Systems, Burwell, NE
  • Insects as Agents of Improved Rangeland Quality and Cattle Production ... Sean Whipple, University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff, NE
  • Managing Grassland for Multiple Uses: Making the Pieces Fit ... Jim Faulstich, Highmore, SD
  • Managing Two Billion Gallons of Water ... Lyle Perman, Lowry, SD
  • Fitting Grazing Strategies to Your Environment, Nebraska Producer Panel ... Douglas Olsen, Harrisburg, NE; Jeff Pribbeno, Imperial, NE; Dan Stelling, Pierce, NE
  • Adaptive Grazing on Semi-arid Range ... Grady Grissom, Fowler, CO
  • Management Practices of 2012 Leopold Conservation Award Winner ... Chad and Homer Buell, Bassett, NE
  • Fitting Hunting Into the Rest of a Grazing Operation ... Jim Faulstich
  • Grazing has Gone to the Birds at Calamus Outfitters ... Sarah Sortum, Calamus Outfitters/Gracie Creek Landowners, Burwell, NE
  • No-Till Dryland Cover Crops as a Forage Option for Beef Cattle ... Karla Jenkins, University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff, NE
  • Fall Annual Forages ... Jerry Volesky, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE

For a list of Sponsers please click on the following link: MEET THE SPONSORS

2012

To access the 2012 proceedings manual click 2012 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Managing for Ecosystem Services and Livestock Production: Are there Tradeoffs? ... Justin Derner, USDA Agricultural Research Services High Plains Grasslands Research Station, Cheyenne, WY
  • Managing for Biodiversity and Livestock: Fire and Grazing ... Sandy Smart, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
  • Management Practices of 2011 Leopold Conservation Award Winner ... Beau Mathewson, Potter, NE
  • Federal and State Endangered Species on Ranches: Cost-share Programs ... Mike George, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Ecological Services, Grand Island, NE
  • Swathe Grazing ... Nancy Peterson, Gordon, NE; Al Svajgr, Cozad, NE; Terry Klopfenstein, University of Nerbaska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Monitoring by the Numbers ... Chad Buell, Bassett, NE
  • Decision Making Using Monitoring ... Rod Christen, Steinauer, NE
  • Decision Making Using Monitoring to Manage Grasslands of Nebraska National Forests and Grassland Units in the Sandhills ... Bill Vodehnal, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Bassett, NE
  • Teaching Cows to Eat Weeds: The Science, the steps, and the reasons why cows should eat weeds ... Kathy Voth, Livestock for Landscapes, LLC, Loveland, CO (day presentation and evening workshop)
  • Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch: Introduction and Climate Outlook ... Cody Knutson, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Writing a Drought Plan: Step-by-Step Drought Planning ... Pat Reece, Prairie & Montane Enterprises, Gering, NE
  • Management Considerations for a Beef Cow Herd in Drought Conditions ... Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Pasture, Rangeland, Forage, Crop Insurance. Is this a good risk management option for me? ... Amy Roeder, USDA-Risk Management Agency, Humboldt, KS
  • Making Decisions During a Drought: Some Economic Factors ... Matt Stockton, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE
  • Producer Reality Check: Lessons Learned in Drought Planning for Established and Beginning Ranchers ... Ted Alexander, Sun City, KS
  • Evaluating Grazing System Options ... Harry Merrihew, Ashby, NE; Lynn Myers, Lewellen, NE; John Ravenscroft, Nenzel, NE

2011

To access the 2011 proceedings manual click 2011 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Sustainably Minded Gains on Grass ... Jason Rowntree, Michigan State University, Chathamn, MI
  • Advantages of Mob Grazing ... Greg Judy, Green Pastures Farm, Clark, MO
  • Baseline Financial and Production Data from which to Compare ... Chip Ramsay, Rex Ranch, Ashby, NE
  • Use of By-products on Pasture ... Terry Klopfenstein, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Utilization of By-products on Pasture: A Summary of Kansas Research ... Lyle Lomas, Kansas State University, Parsons, KS
  • Vegetation Structure and Composition at Greater Prairie-Chicken Nest and Brood Sites: Drivers for Success? ... Lars Anderson, Graduate Student, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Prescribed Grazing for Wildlife and Prairie Management ...  Tom Koerner, Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Columbia, SD; Lars Anderson, Graduate Student, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Organizing to Benefit Prairie Ecosystems at the Regional, State, and Local Levels - Results-oriented Actions: Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation ... Ted Alexander, Comanche Pool, Sun City, KS
  • Organizing to Benefit Prairie Ecosystems ... Greg Kramos, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Manhattan, KS; Bill Sproul, Tallgrass Legacy Alliance, Sedan, KS
  • Nebraska's Dynamic Vegetation ... Jim Stubbendieck, Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Landscape Scale Rx Burning to Control Eastern Red Cedar and Resulting Economic Return ... Doug Whisenhunt, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, North Platte, NE
  • Benefits We Have Seen From Prescribed Fire ... Scott Stout, Curtis, NE
  • A Pictoral Illustration of Invasive Vegetation Concerns in the Platte River Basin with Examples of Grazing Impacts to this Vegetation by Different Species of Livestock ... Kent Aden, Cozad, NE
  • Management Practices of 2010 Leopold Conservation Award Winner ... Kalkowski Family Ranches, Lynch, NE
  • Jenkins Ranch Yearling Wintering System ... Jim Jenkins, Calloway, NE
  • Maddux Cattle Company Yearling Wintering Program ... Harlow Hill and John Maddux, Maddux Cattle Company, Wauneta, NE

2010

To access the 2010 proceedings manual click 2010 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Building Soil Health with High Stock Density ... Neil Dennis, Sunnybrae Farms, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Grazing Whole Plot Corn ... Bob Scriven, Grazing Consultant, Kearney, NE
  • Productive and Persistent Forages for Dryland Acres ... Keith Harmony, Kansas State University, Hays, KS
  • Generational Transitioning: Financial Plans ... John McGlynn, Verdigre, NE
  • New Prospects for the Old Ranch: Mining the Economic, Environmental, and Social Benefits of the Millenial Generation ... Sherry Vinton, Whitman, NE and Jessica Taylor, Tryon, NE
  • Generational Transitioning: Conservation Management ... Todd and Kristen Eggerling, Martell, NE
  • The Power of Stock Grazing ... Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center, NE
  • High Density Grazing in Missouri ... Doug Peterson, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Gallatin, MO
  • Tricks of the Trade ... Neil Dennis
  • Low Stress Cattle Handling: An Overlooked Dimension of Management ... Tom Noffsinger, D.V.M., Benkelman, NE
  • Caregiver Impact on Cattle Performance ... Tom Noffsinger, D.V.M., Benkelman, NE
  • Mobile Meat Processing Unit (MMPU) ... Jim Knopik, Belgrade, NE
  • The Critical Importance of Grazing in Rainwater Basin Wetlands ... Andy Bishop, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Grand Island, NE and Heidi Hillhouse, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Grassland Ecosystems in Nebraska ... Jonathan Haufler, Ecosystem Management Research Institute, Seeley Lake, MT
  • Custom Mineral Mixes: Are They Feasible? ... Dennis Bauer, University of Nebraska Extension, Ainsworth, NE
  • Managing Grazinglands for Upland Game Birds ... Walter Schacht, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Grazing Systems Research in the Nebraska Sandhills ... Jerry Volesky, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE; Walter Schacht, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

2009

To access the 2009 proceedings manual click 2009 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • What's Right with Nebraska?... Allan Nation, The Stockman Grass Farmer, Ridgeland, MS
  • Passing on the Legacy ... A. B. and Scout Cox, Mullen, NE
  • Beef Cattle Ownership ... Weldon Sleight, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Curtis, NE; Heath Zuellner, Campbell, NE; and Dan Habiger, Bushton, KS
  • Cowboy Logic Stewerdship Network ... Lynn Myers, Lewellen, NE
  • Winter Grazing Supplementation Strategies ... Aaron Stalker, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE
  • Heifer Development - Then and Now ... Rick Funston, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE
  • Pasture Leasing ... Jessica Jones, University of Nebraska Extension, Tecumseh, NE; Gary Stauffer, University of Nebraska Extension, O'Neill, NE
  • Invasive Species: The Science ... Karie Decker, Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Controlling Invasive Plants ... Dana Larsen, USDA  Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ord, NE
  • Leafy Spurge Management with Cattle .... Jim Carr, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, Atkinson, NE
  • Experimental Evidence for Grazing Systems Research: Findings and Limitations ... Justin Derner, USDA Agricultural Research Service High Plains Grasslands Research Station, Cheyenne, WY
  • Livestock Fenching - Pasture Cross Fence, Perimeter Fence, Center Pivot Fence, Water Placement Fence ... Marlow Anderson, Lincoln, NE
  • Grazing Management for Wildlife ... Bob Budd, Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, Lander, WY
  • Fence and Water Systems ...  Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska, Center, NE
  • Water Systems ... Jon Immink, Endicott, NE
  • Grazing Management ... John McGlynn, Verdigre, NE
  • Becoming a Grass Farmer - My Journey ... Randy Jenkins, Broken Bow, NE
  • Profitably Ranching for Livestock and Wildlife ... Rick Danvir, Deseret Land & Livestock, Woodruff, UT
  • Grass-Finished Production and Marketing Basics ... Allan Nation, The Stockman Grass Farmer, Ridgeland, MS

2008

To access the 2008 proceedings manual click 2008 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Marketing Grass-Fed Beef: Supply and Demand, Methods, Tactics, and Pitfalls ... Allen Williams, Tallgrass Beef Company, LLC, Sedan, KS
  • Make a Good Thing Better, Add Legumes ... Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Modifying Animal Behavior ... Ray Bannister, Wibaux, MT
  • Grazing Basics ... Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center, NE and Bob Scriven, grazing consultant, Kearney, NE
  • Effects of Grazing Treatments on the Distribution and Abundance of Grassland Birds at the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge ... Mel Nenneman, Valentine, NE and Ronnie Sanchez, Kearney, NE
  • Grassland Birds and Grazing on Private Grasslands in the Nebraska Sandhills ... Larkin Powell and Silka L.F. Kempema, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE; Walter H. Schacht, University of Nebraska Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Rangeland Monitoring for Management Decisions ... Charley Orchard, Land EKG, Inc., Bozeman, MT
  • Grassland Monitoring ... Bethany Johnston, University of Nebraska Extension, Thedford, NE; Cindy Tusler, University of Nebraska Extension, Rushville, NE; Don Reeves, Central City, NE
  • Utilizing Co-products in a Beef Livestock Operation ... Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Co-Products At Berger's Headmaster's ... Loren Berger, Stapleton, NE and Bob Price, Burwell, NE
  • By-Product Usage at Gracie Creek Ranch ... Bob Price, Burwell, NE
  • Three Bar Cattle Co. - Our Operation ... John Ravenscroft, Three Bar Cattle Company, Cherry County, NE
  • Winter Grazing Strategies ... Jerry Volesky, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE
  • Dirt Roads to Profitability ... Homer Buell, Bassett, NE
  • Wagonhammer Cattle Co. ... Jay Wolf, Albion, NE
  • There Ought to be a Place! ... Chuck Schroeder, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Highlights of the US Farm Bill ...Congressman Adrian Smith
  • Bullpen Sessions ... Allen Williams (Beef Marketing); Ray Bannister (Animal Behavior); Walter Schacht, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE; Jon Albro, Ridley Block Operations, Bayard, NE; Steve Chick, Nebraska NRCS, Lincoln, NE; Dave Hamilton, Thedford, NE (Grazing Reltated Opportunities)

2007

To access the 2007 proceedings manual click 2007 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Grazing Management in Wet and Dry Climates: How are they the same and what's different? ... Jim Gerrish, American GrazingLands Services, May, ID
  • Managing Soil and Water in Range and Pasture Systems ... Jim Richardson and Curtis Talbot, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Lincoln, NE
  • Goat Management ... Mark Goes, Instructor, Southeast Community College, Beatrice, NE
  • One Man's Goat Experience ... Jim Jenkins, Callaway, NE
  • Custom Targeted Goat Grazing ... Michelle Wendell, Brewster, NE
  • "The Grazing Manager" (TGM): Decision Support Software for Graziers ... Rob Ravenscroft, Lincoln, NE
  • Sandhills Defoliation Response System (sanDRIS) ... Patrick Reece, University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff, NE; Walter H. Schacht, Professor of Rangeland Ecology, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE; Jerry Volesky, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE
  • Tools For Ranching: Grazing and Hay Records ... Patrick E. Reece, Professor and Rangeland Ecologist, Scottsbluff, NE; Angela M. Petersen, Range Research Technologist; Walter H. Schacht, Professor of Rangeland Ecology; Jerry D. Volesky, Associate Professor and Extension Range and Forage Specialist, North Platte, NE
  • Ethanol's Effect on Cow-Calf Producers ... Darrell Mark, Univesrity of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Modifying Livestock Grazing Behavior to Benefit Wildlife and Meet Land Management Objectives ... Derek Bailey, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • Monitoring Grazing Lands ... Jim Gerrish
  • Stocking/Restocking According to Weather and Cattle Cycles ... Harlan Hughes, Professor Emeritus, North Dakota State University and Columnist for BEEF Magazine, Laramie, WY
  • Stocking Decisions: A Grazier's Perspective ... A. B. Cox, Mullen, NE
  • Leases for Resource Management ... Harlan Hughes; J. David Aiken, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE; Al Steuter, Johnston, NE
  • Ten-Year Burn Plan ... Rich Bringelson, Loess Canyon Grazing Alliance, Doniphan, NE
  • Managing Grasslands with Fire: Patch Burning for Grassland Heterogeneity ... Tim Tunnell, The Nature Conservancy, Aurora, NE
  • Managing Grasslands with Fire: Potential Benefits to Livestock and Producers ... Rob Mitchell, USDA-ARS, Lincoln, NE; Dana Larsen, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ord, NE
  • Patch-Burn Grazing: Benefits for Both Wildlife Habitat and Livestock Performance ... Chris Helzer, Director of Science and Stewerdship, The Nature Conservancy, Aurora, NE
  • Yesterday's Success Panel of "Seasoned" Graziers ... Boyd Adkinson, Benkelman, NE; Frank Bruning, Bruning, NE; Jack Maddux, Wauneta, NE
  • Tomorrow's Promise Panel of "Developing" Graziers ... Rod Christen, Steinauer, NE; Rod Frank, Madrid, NE; Curt Morrow, O'Neill, NE

2006

To access the 2006 proceedings manual click 2006 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Using Animal Behavior to Manage Grazing ... Fred Provenza, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • Highlights of the Grazing Livestock Systems Undergraduate Major ... Walter Schacht, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Making Cents with Grazing Yearlings ... Terry Klopfenstein, Univerity of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Balancing Control of Invasive Species with Plant Diversity ... Chris Helzer, Director of Science and Stewerdship, The Nature Conservancy, Aurora, NE
  • Nebraska Natural Legacy Project ... Mark Humpert, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln, NE
  • Promoting Prairie Biodiversity with the Nebraska Landowner Incentive Program ... Gerry Steinauer, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Aurora, NE; Jarren Kuipers, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Beatrice, NE
  • Grazing Management of Irrigated Pasture ... Jerry Volesky, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Platte, NE
  • Mistakes Producers Should Avoid with Irrigated Pastures ... Bob Scriven, Grazing Consultant, Kearney, NE
  • Mistakes I've Made with Irrigated Grass ... J. D. Anderson, Producer, Arapahoe, NE
  • Holistic Grazing Planning: From the Grass Roots Up ... Byron Shelton, Buena Vista, CO
  • How the Maddux Cattle Company is Evolving ... Harlow Hill, Maddux Cattle Company, Wauneta, NE
  • Establishing Your Grazing Systems ... Jon Immink, Endicott, NE
  • Planning a Grazing System ... Lon Larsen, McWhorter-White Ranch, Brewster, NE
  • The Nebraska Land Trust ... Dave Sands, The Nebraska Land Trust, Lincoln, NE
  • Measuring Success in Grazing Management: A Balanced Approach ... Barry Dunn, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX
  • Influence of Grazing Systems on Grassland Birds in the Sandhills of Nebraska ... Silka Kempema, Univerity of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Wetland Forage Quality, Grazing Impacts and Wildlife Benefits ... Jeff Drahota, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kearney, NE
  • Effects of Deffered Rotation on Breeding Grassland Birds in the Central Platte River Valley ... Dan Kim, Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust, Wood River, NE
  • Can Profits From Big Blue Stem Pasture Exceed Dryland Corn? ... Rob Mitchell, USDA-ARS, Lincoln, NE
  • Swath Grazing in South Central South Dakota ... Larry Wagner and Julie Williams, D.V.M., Wagner Land and Livestock and Bijou Hills Grassfed Meat, LLC, Chamberlain, SD
  • Developing and Evaluating Grasses for Grazing ... Ken Vogel, USDA Agricultural Research Services, Lincoln, NE
  • Integrating Pasture with Row Crop Production ... John Sellers, Grassland Systems Program Coordinator for Leopold Center and Producer, Corydon, IA

2005

To access the 2005 proceedings manual click 2005 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Animal Behavior as it Relates to Grazing ... Temple Grandin, Colorado State University
  • Integrated Management of Eastern Red Cedar in the Grasslands of Nebraska ... Stevan Knezevic, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Cedar Tree Control ... Gordon Gosnell, Maxwell, NE and T. J. Walker, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Irrigated Pastures ... Jim Choquette, Upland, NE and Josh Wendell, Dickens, NE
  • Economic Considerations in Buying a Ranch ... Burke Teichert, Deseret Ranches, Ashby, NE
  • Monitoring Cattle Markets and Input Costs ... Jim Carr, Burwell, NE
  • Increasing Productivity with Dung Beetles and Soil Organisms ... Pat and Dick Richardson, University of Texas
  • Patch-Burning: Rotational Grazing Without Fences for Livestock and Wildlife ... Jay D. Kirby; Terrence Bidwell; Samuel D. Fuhlendorf; David M. Eagle, Oklahoma State University
  • Grazing and WRP, A Project Example ... Martin Baterman, Bridgeport, NE
  • Grazing, Fire, and Wildlife in an Intensively Irrigated Environment ... Orvin Bontrager, Servi-tech, Inc., Aurora, NE
  • Habitat Management for Grassland Wildlife ...  William Vodehnal, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Grass-Finished Beef Production and Marketing ... Walter Bohaty, Bohaty's British White Cattle, Bellwood, NE
  • Pasture-Finished/Grass-Fed Beef ... Kevin Fulton, Litchfield, NE
  • Pasture-Finished/Grass-Fed Beef Production and Marketing ... Paul Rohrbaugh, Steinauer, NE
  • Grassland Monitoring ... Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Greg Carlson, Verdigre, NE; Clem and Laurie Wagner, Center, NE

2004

To access the 2004 proceedings manual click 2004 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Carbon Trading: Adding Value to Grazing ... John Caveny, Environmentally Correct Concepts, Inc., IL
  • Breaking New Ground: Carbon Management at the Farm Scale ... Martin Kleinschmit, Center for Rural Affairs and Nebraska Farmer, Hartington, NE
  • Using Weather Forecasting Tools to Make Grazing Decisions ... Brian Fuchs, Universty of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Variation in Climate and Herbage Production ... Doug Goodin, Kansas State University; Walter Schacht, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Grazing Management to Meet Multiple Objectives: What We Have Learned ...  Jerry Holechek, New Mexico State University
  • Food Animal Traceability ... Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Lincoln, NE
  • Additive Benefits to Rotation Stocking ... R. L. Dalrymple, OK
  • How Grasses Grow ... Lowell Moser, Universty of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • Great Organic Agricultural Tool (GOAT) ... Lani Malmberg, WY
  • Goats: The Ultimate Rangeland Scavengers ... Chad Peterson, Nebraska Farmer, Bassett, NE
  • Nebraska Producer Panel: Why I Do What I Do ... A. B. Cox, Mullen, NE; Harlow Hill, Wauneta, NE; and Marlene Moore, Wallace, NE

2003

To access the 2003 proceedings manual click 2003 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Low-cost Grazing Strategies ... Greg Simonds, Ranch Management Consultant, UT
  • Matching Beef Cattle Genetics to Feed Resources ... Jim Gosey, Univesity of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Winter Grazing and Supplementation of Cows ... Don Adams, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Building Localized, Producer-Based Coalitions ... Doug Whisenhunt, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and member of the Loess Canyon Rangeland Alliance
  • Stewardship of Grazing and Biodiversity ... Bob Budd, The Nature Conservancy, WY
  • Learned Grazing Behavior ... Fred Provenza, Utah State University
  • Nebraska Producer Panel: Drought ... Homer Buell, Rose, NE; Dave Hamilton, Thedford, NE; Richard Mazour, Deweese, NE
  • Nebraska Producer Panel: Irrigated Pastures ... Jim Choquette, Upland, NE; Terri Edeal, Lexington, NE; Terry Kucera, Sargent Bluff, IA; and Ellis Schrunk, Bartlett, NE

2002

To access the 2002 proceedings manual click 2002 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Cows, Grass, Dirt & Dollars ... Dave Pratt, President, Ranch Management Consultants, Fairfield, CA
  • Grazing Response Index Systems: Decision-support Tools for Optimizing Grazing Management ... Patrick Reece, Rangeland Ecologist, University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff, NE
  • Getting Started Grazing: Taking Stock ... Kim Stine, North Platte, NE
  • Methods of Water Collection and Distribution ... Jan Joesph, Valentine, NE
  • Getting Started with Rotational Grazing ... Scott Bodie, Producer, Burchard, NE
  • Getting Started Grazing ... Mark Keck, Producer, Crofton, NE; Linda Kemp, North Platte, NE
  • Restoring and Managing Diverse Grassland Plant Communities ... Chris Helzer, Land Steward, The Nature Conservancy, Aurora, NE
  • Management of Eastern Red Cedar to Improve Grazinglands ... John Ortman, Rangeland Ecosystem Science, Colorado State University, CO
  • ARCView Mapping ... Leah Carson, Range Management Specialist, Upper Loup Natural Resource District, Thedford, NE
  • Are There Any Nutritional Benefits of Meat from Grass-Finished Bison and Beef? ... Judy Driskell Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Tenderness, Sensory Characteristics, and Value of Grass-Fed Beef ... Chris Calkins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE; Perry Brewer, Graduate Student of Animal Science, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Genetics for Grass-Fed Beef ... Kit Pharo, Pharo Cattle Company, Cheyenne Wells, CO
  • Grass-Fed Protein from Dairy Cattle ... Dave Wetzel, Page, NE
  • Evolution of Change on the Prairie ... Liz Sarno, Linwood, NE
  • Grass-Fed Protein from Poultry ... Ray Seifer, Sutherland, NE
  • Using Cattle to Manage for Biodiversity ... Arnold Mendenhall, Audubon Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • Two Best and Two Worst Decisions We Have Made on the Ranch ... Mike Spearman, L Cross Ranch, La Garita, CO
  • Cattle Markets: Situation, Outlook and Issues ... James Robb, Director, Livestock Marketing Information Center, Lakewood, CO

2001

To access the 2001 proceedings manual click 2001 Proceedings. Speakers and topics included:

  • Making Money in the Beef Business ... Barry Dunn, Range Livestock Specialist, South Dakota State University
  • Matching Production Systems to Grazing Resources ... Don Adams, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Grass-Based Seasonal Dairy ... Kelly and Cindy Bruns, Bloomfield, NE
  • Peterson Land and Livestock ... Chad and Jenny Peterson, Newport, NE
  • Matching Production Systems to Grazing Resources ... Burke Teichart, Wyoming
  • Challenges in Economic Analysis of Grazing and Beef Production Systems ... John Lawrence, Livestock Economist, Iowa State University
  • Profit Strategies with Stockers ... Mark Gordon Hazard DVM, Stocker Grazier/Consultant, West Point, MS
  • Grazing Strategies Before, During and After Drought ... Patrick E. Reece, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Establishing and Managing Irrigated Pasture ... Jerry Volesky, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Producing the Right Cow for the Job ... Kit Pharo, Pharo Cattle Company, Cheyenne Wells, CO
  • Forever is a Long Time - Conservation Easements: A Voluntary Solution to Agriculture Land Protection ... Lynne Sherrod, Colorado Cattlemen's Land Trust
  • Partnering for Conservation ... Mike Kelly, Sutherland, NE
  • Grazing Corn, Turnips, and Small Grains ... Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Grazing at the Deblauw Farm ... Marvin Deblauw, Producer, Hartington, NE
  • dba Split Ear Ranch: 860 Acrea with 270 Red Angus Pairs ... Steven Grudzinske, Producer, Loup City, NE
  • Grazing Standing Crops ... Don Peregrine, Producer, Fullerton, NE