The Nebraska Grazing Conference is set for August 12-13 in Kearney, Ne. This year, the conference will be held at the Kearney Ramada. The conference will get underway on Tuesday, August 12 with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Opening remarks will be made shortly after 10 a.m. by Chuck Schroeder, executive director of the University of Nebraska’s Rural Futures Institute. Tuesday’s topics will include: water capture, transfer and storage; soil health and grazing; mob grazing research; GrassSnap, the mobile app for monitoring grasslands and managing after drought. On Wednesday, August 13, Curt Pate will present stockmanship and stewardship fundamentals followed by a panel discussion of Nebraska producers using low stress animal handling techniques on pasture and range. There will also be a presentations on using switchgrass for forage and biomass and the management practices of the Beel Family of Johnstown, Ne., the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award winner. In the afternoon, Curt Pate will conduct live cattle handing and roping demonstrations at the fairgrounds beginning at 1:15 p.m. Pate’s appearance is sponsored, in part, by the Beef Checkoff. The conference will conclude about 3:45. Full registration is $80/person if postmarked before August 1. This includes conference proceedings, lunch both days, the evening social and banquet and the demo at the fairgrounds. One day registration is $45/person. After August 1, registration is $95 and $55, respectively. Anyone wishing to attend only the Stockmanship demonstration at the fairgrounds must purchase a one-day registration package for Wednesday. There will be no registration at the fairgrounds. For more information, contact the UNL Center for Grassland Studies at 402-472-4101 or email grassland @unl.edu or visit http://nebraskagrazingconference.unl.edu.
Members of the Sandhills Cattle Association recently elected officers for the 2014-15 year. Elected to serve as president was Neil Jorgenson of Callaway, Ne. Tim Shaw of Bassett will serve as vice president and Shane Kime was elected treasurer. The members also elected five directors to serve a three-year term on the Association's Board of Directors. Elected to their first term were: Bonnie Downing of Dunning, Ken Pelster of Bartlett. Re-elected to serve a second term were: Adam Fischer of Valentine, Neil Jorgenson and Shane Kime. Retiring from the Board were Jody Dexter of Valentine and Tim Evans of Whitman.
Other members of the Board of Directors are: Ken Colburn, Valentine; Brad Emerson, Ellsworth; Dave Nichols, Chambers; Craig O'Kief, Wood Lake; Lyle Phillips, Mullen; Susan Gehl, Ericson; Duane Sedlacek, Johnstown; Tim Shaw, Bassett; Linda Smedra, Miller; and Eric Storer, Whitman.
Five students have been selected to receive the 2014-15 Sandhills Cattle Association scholarships. Each scholarship is in the amount of $1,000. The students submitted a written application and were interviewed by the selection committee.
This year's winners are:
Sydney Dexter of Valentine, Ne., attends Hastings College and is majoring in Journalism and Marketing.
Bailey Hinrichs of Ayr, Ne., will attend Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and major in Agriculture Production Systems-Diversified Management. Bailey also won the Howard Wright Memorial Scholarship, which is in the amount of $500.
Valerie Kesterson, Bridgeport, Ne., attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is majoring in Ag Journalism with an emphasis on advertising and public relations.
Jacy Spencer of Brewster, Ne., will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and will major in Agri-Business.
Tanner Taubenheim of Amherst, Ne., will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and major in Animal Science.