Bart Beattie, a fifth-generation farmer, is the President of Beattie Family Farms a diversified grain and livestock operation located in Sumner, NE. Bart is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) and is involved with several agriculture related organizations. Bart and his wife Shana have four children.
Keith Berns combines over 20 years of no-till farming with 10 years of teaching Agriculture and Computers. In addition to no-tilling 2,500 acres of irrigated and dryland corn, soybeans, rye, triticale, peas, sunflowers, and buckwheat in South Central Nebraska, he also co-owns and operates Green Cover Seed, one of the major cover crop seed providers and educators in the United States. Through Green Cover Seed, Keith has experimented with over 100 different cover crop types and hundreds of mixes planted into various situations and has learned a great deal about cover crop growth, nitrogen fixation, moisture usage, and grazing utilization of cover crops. Keith was honored by the White House as a 2016 Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture. Keith also developed the SmartMix CalculatorTM one of the most widely used cover crop selection tools on the internet Keith has a master’s degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Nebraska and teaches on cover crops and soil health more than 30 times per year to various groups and audiences.
Bryce Doeschot is a farm broadcaster and video specialist for the Nebraska Rural Radio Association. Bryce is also a freelance video producer, working with agriculture clients such as the Nebraska Beef Council and the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN).
When not creating agriculture content, Bryce can be found working on the family farm and growing Christmas Trees.
Josh Floth is the Data Analyst for the Precision Crop Management Team at Aurora Cooperative. He graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in biochemistry. Josh has spent the last 2 years at Aurora Cooperative working with the latest technology and precision ag farming practices analyzing data to help growers get the most value out of their investment in technology and information.
Josh grew up in Denver, Colorado and currently lives in Grand Island, Nebraska with his wife Andrea."
My wife Sara and I live on the family farm in Tabor South Dakota. We have four kids. Kade - junior at SDSU, Riley - Senior in HS, Peyton - 7th grade and Asher 2nd grade. I grew up on our family dairy, but my true passion is beef cattle. I have been doing Cattle nutrition for over 16 years and have been in the feed business over 20.
Hannah Guenther is a Food, Nutrition, and Health Extension Educator for the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Hannah began her career in Extension in June 2018 after leaving her Family and Consumer Science classroom. She has a degree in Dietetics from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Nebraska – Kearney. Although raised a city girl, Hannah is quickly adjusting to life on the farm. She saw a need for nutrition programming targeting – farmers. Being married to a farmer, she was able to see firsthand the toll that harvest, and planting seasons can take on one’s diets. She has dedicated time to developing program opportunities and resources to help nutritiously feed those who feed us. Hannah is married to Adam Guenther and they have a 7-year-old daughter named Charlotte. They currently reside on a feedlot outside of West Point.
Tim is a native of Bassett, NE and a graduate of Rock County High School. He earned a finance degree from the University of Nebraska and is currently a Senior Ag loan officer for First State Bank Nebraska. Agriculture has always been a cornerstone and passion of Tim’s life. He helps manage the Kalkowski family ranches in Lynch, NE where conservation and stewardship are the foundation of the operation and were also the basis for receiving a Leopold conservation award in 2010. Tim has served on many boards and committees. He currently serves as President of the Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, is a member of the Lancaster County concentrated animal feeding operation working group, the USDA State Technical Committee for NRCS, and Pius X foundation board, and is also involved with his church community. Tim and his wife were co-chairs of the 2016 Cattlemen’s Ball. Tim has done speaking engagements on rotational grazing and generational transition. He is married and has two children and currently resides in Lincoln, NE.
Shane Lechtenberg lives in Butte, NE with his wife Beth and three daughters-Lanie, Jaylee and Ally. Shane is a Managing Partner with the The Agricultural Risk Consulting Group LLC based out of Lincoln. (The ARC Group LLC). The ARC Group specializes in helping farmers and ranchers independently manage their market risk in the agricultural markets. He has been involved in risk management since 2001. Shane and Beth also own and operate a diversified farm and ranch where they raise corn, soybeans, hay, and cow/calf to finish cattle. In their spare time they enjoy hanging out with family and friends and spending time on the ranch checking cattle and hunting.
Nebraska Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Committee (P&E Committee)
This committee serves as an active, statewide voice promoting a positive public perception of agriculture to consumers of all ages. The mission of the committee is to lead Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation’s volunteer promotion and education efforts through member engagement, training, and outreach education.
Dr. Paige Pratt
Dr. Paige Pratt grew up on a family farm/ranch in the Flinthills of Kansas. After finishing her doctorate, Paige worked as an Extension Specialist in the Animal and Poultry Science Department at Virginia Tech with a teaching and extension appointment. Paige started her business as a family farm succession facilitator after working through succession planning with her family’s operation as well as her husband’s family farming operation. Paige and her husband, Jason, own and operate Pratt Cattle Company, a purebred Angus operation, and South Fork Ag Supply, LLC, a feed, seed and agricultural supply company; both are located in Southwest Virginia. Paige works as the Grassroots Development Specialist for Virginia Farm Bureau. Jason and Paige have two children, Elizabeth and Garrett.
Glen Rabenberg is the founder and owner of Soil Works LLC. Born and raised in Bancroft, SD, Glen Rabenberg graduated from Desmet High School in 1980. Rabenberg was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, General Agriculture and Agriculture Economics from South Dakota State University in 1985.
He spent most of the following years with Walco working with animal pharmaceuticals, veterinarians and farmers. Through Rabenberg's experience he began to notice trends in the animal science industry. Rabenberg saw that many of the diseases he was employed to treat were the result of nutritional deficiencies from poor grains and forage that the animals were consuming. Rather than conforming to the traditional methods of soil science, Glen Rabenberg brings his knowledge of animal science and applies it to the soil. Many of the same required nutritional ratios shared by humans, animals and plants are reflected in the soil.
Glen Rabenberg continues to search for new ways to restore the soil and aid in the production of quality food. He aims to “bring soil back to the way nature intended.” Glen Rabenberg still maintains his 3rd generation farm in Bancroft, SD and extensively travels the world solving the worlds soil problems with a little bit of simplicity and the “rite” tools."
Heather has been working in the commodity business as a Grain Buyer turned Risk Management Advisor since 2007. Heather joined The ARC Group in 2014 and opened her own branch office in Bruning, Nebraska in 2016. She is very active in the community, serving as the President of the University of Nebraska’s Southern Plains Extension Board, member of Bruning’s Community Development Organization, and a Nebraska LEAD Class 38 fellow. Heather lives in Bruning with her husband, Mitch, and their two children, Gage and Brynn. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family both in Nebraska and her home state of Illinois.
Beth Reynolds-Lewis is the Emergency Systems Specialist with Region 3 Behavioral Health Services which provides the coordination of behavioral health services within a twenty-two county area in central Nebraska. She currently coordinates the Emergency Psychiatric System for Region 3 and is an endorsed trainer in; Psychological First Aide through the Nebraska Public Policy, Green Cross Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator & consultant with Compassion Resiliency, Mental Health First Aid Trainer, and a trainer for Trauma 101. She is also a trained Forensic Interviewer through the National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama.