The 2014 Nebraska Grazing Conference will start at the Kearney Ramada 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.
The Conference is designed for people with an interest in the utilization and conservation of our grazing lands who want to learn the most current information on grazing livestock systems and their impact on those lands.
Beginning and experienced graziers and land managers as well as policy makers can all benefit from attending the conference. While the focus is on Nebraska, information is applicable beyond its borders, evidenced by the fact that participants come from several states each year. Attendance over the past several years has averaged about 200.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can download the registration form at http://grassland.unl.edu
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).
Other featured speakers and activities include a presentation from Chuck Schroeder, founding director of the Rural Futures Initiative; Nate Garrett, of USDA-NRCS, on water capture and storage; soil health as it pertains to grazing by Jay Norton of the University of Wyoming; and Larkin Powell of UNL, talking about wildlife and grazing; just to list some of the session topics.
For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Extension in Platte County. Phone: 402-563-4901 or e-mail email@example.com