2019 SummerSocial

Join young farmers and ranchers at the Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Summer Social in Chadron, NE and discover Western Nebraska. Attendees will hear a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, and tour agriculture unique to Western Nebraska. The day will end with a chuck wagon steak cookout at Fort Robinson. Attendees are encouraged to bring the family and explore Fort Robinson on Saturday.

When: Friday, June 14, 2019


  • Chadron State College
  • Chadron Holiday Inn – Nebraska Farm Bureau rate

Cost: $50/per person

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9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
10:00 a.m. Welcome & Keynote Speaker
11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Western Nebraska Tour
6:00 p.m. Chuck Wagon Steak Cookout at Fort Robinson

Keynote Speaker

Harriet Hageman webHarriet Hageman has been a trial attorney for almost 30 years. She began her focus on water and natural resource issues in 1997 when the State hired her to handle Nebraska v. Wyoming, a dispute over the North Platte River. She opened her own law firm in August, 2000, and has dedicated her career over the last few decades to fighting for Wyoming’s citizens. Harriet is well known for challenging federal overreach, for protecting water rights and users, for exposing federal land and wildlife mismanagement, for protecting private property rights, for challenging unconstitutional acts by both state and federal agencies, and for working with local governments to ensure that they can meet long-term water demands.

Harriet is licensed to practice law in Wyoming, Michigan, Colorado, and Nebraska, and has been admitted before the United States Supreme Court. Harriet received the Casper College Outstanding Alumni Award in 2010, and was requested to participate in the Doornbos Lecture Series that same year. She was inducted into the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2011. She has been recognized for her legal and policy work by numerous organizations. She is a nationally-recognized expert on federal overreach and regulation and has been invited to speak on these topics throughout the Country. She was previously on the Board of Litigation for the Mountain States Legal Foundation, and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Wyoming Business Alliance. Harriet ran for Governor of the State of Wyoming in 2018.

Breakout Sessions

Greenhouse in the Snow, the Reality of Year-Round Gardening

Speaker: Allen, Bright, Greenhouse in the Snow
A discussion of high efficiency geothermal greenhouses growing citrus, exotics and food for the family.

Influence of Milk Potential on Cow/Calf Production Efficiency

Speaker: Dr. Travis Mulliniks
We tend to overdue genetic selection with the mentality that “more is better” or “bigger is better” in efforts to increase production. Understand how balancing the environment (forage quality and quantity) and cow requirements can drive production efficiency on your operation.


Discover Western Nebraska and the diversity of its agriculture during the afternoon tour. Attendees will tour the Thorson Farm. The father/son operation raises sugar beets and dry edible beans near Hay Springs.

Fort Robinson Cookout

Enjoy a night under the stars at beautiful Fort Robinson as we have an authentic chuckwagon steak cookout.