New Agricultural Economic and Technology Summit to be held in Kearney

LINCOLN, NE. – From global trade to the data and technology use, Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and agriculture professionals will get the information they need to develop strategies for not only this year’s growing and marketing season, but also to better position themselves for the future through tough economic times at the new Agricultural Economic and Technology Summit. It will be held at the Kearney Holiday Inn, June 13-14.

The summit will feature a range of Nebraska-based and national experts, including Michael Swanson, an agricultural economist and consultant for Wells Fargo; Paul Genho, an independent consultant and visiting professor for the University of Florida; Kent Bacus with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, who will discuss the ins and outs of U.S. Agricultural Trade; and Al Dutcher, Nebraska’s extension agricultural climatologist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who will share his insights on Nebraska’s weather and climate for the remainder of the growing season.

Jim Pollock, a partner with Prassack Advisors, will share his vision and insight into the adoption and use of technology and how it is fundamentally changing how agriculture operates. Mary Kay Thatcher, American Farm Bureau’s senior director of congressional relations, is set to provide a look at the future of farm programs.

The Agricultural Economic and Technology Summit will also feature a series of breakout sessions to dig deeper into a range of subjects important to today’s agriculture. Topics include; commodity marketing strategies, technology in livestock production, nitrogen management, livestock market drivers, using data to benchmark efficiency, financial strategies to weather falling income, and UAVs in Agriculture.

Information on the summit, including an online registration form and agenda, can be found at or contact Whittney Kelley at 402-421-4760 or via email at