YF&R Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Marshal Sewell

Mind Your Melon

Discussion

Between Two Flags

A discussion on the topics facing farmers and ranchers in Nebraska and Washington, D.C.

Adrian Smith

Teresa Ibach

Jordan Dux

Breakout Sessions

Session 1 – 11:15 a.m.

It Costs How Much to Run a Cow?

Aaron Berger

Silver 2 & 3

What does it cost your neighbor to run a cow for a year? What does it cost you? How do you even calculate what it costs to run a cow? What should be included when calculating annual cow costs? This session will discuss the four major categories of costs in running a cow and will discuss ways to address these costs and improve profitability.

Birth to Butcher – Direct to Consumer Beef

Jena and Levi Oschner

Silver 8 & 9

You raise beef cattle and want to sell your awesome product to more than just your friends and family- what’s next? This breakout session will guide you through the process of developing a direct to consumer beef business.

Changing Hands

Troy Carruthers

Silver 1

Key information needed to plan farm/ranch business succession planning. Discuss the current challenge with succession planning, the need, and an example of what to think about when planning for your farm/ranch succession.

Spray Drones Elevating Agriculture

Kevin Knorr

Silver 7

Volitant Technologies is an authorized DJI drone dealer, providing aerial UAS/drone mapping, crop spraying and seeding, equipment sales, repairs and training for DJI ag drones. In this session we will be discussing the use of agricultural spray drones, licensing, and the how drones improve precision farming practices in across the US and the world.

Session 2 – 2:00 p.m.

It Costs How Much to Run a Cow?

Aaron Berger

Silver 2 & 3

What does it cost your neighbor to run a cow for a year? What does it cost you? How do you even calculate what it costs to run a cow? What should be included when calculating annual cow costs? This session will discuss the four major categories of costs in running a cow and will discuss ways to address these costs and improve profitability.

Sheep + Cattle + Goats = Environment + $

Mike Wallace

Silver 8 & 9

The Double M is a pasture-based, multi-species livestock operation in south central Nebraska that features 12-month grazing with minimum use of mechanically produced-harvested-delivered feedstuffs. The presentation will include observations on: cedar control, reclamation of abandoned cattle feedlots, income/animal unit by species, and changes in animal days per grazed acre.

Get to Know Your Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

Aaron Raymond and Megan Sprague, Farm Credit Services of America

Silver 1

Get to know your financials and how they impact your operation.  Examine the information and input needed to develop a solid set of financials.  Understand how you can use your balance sheet and cash flow to make management decisions for your farm or ranch.

Ag Emergencies

Mike Bailey

Silver 7

This class will discuss the most common accidents that happen on the farm and ranch. Participants will learn how to identify safety concerns, how to prevent accidents and what to do in the event an accident happens. This class will have a few graphic pictures involved to help prepare you to deal with typical things you might see in the event you are around an accident.

Session 3 – 4:15 p.m.

Regenerative Ranching

Matt McGinn

Silver 2 & 3

A presentation of moving from a conventional management ranch philosophy to a whole new regenerative approach embracing paradigm shifting philosophies and ideas, ultimately leading to healing the land, tripling the carrying capacity, improving the biodiversity and ecosystem functions, through adaptive grazing principles and cutting-edge pasture and water development, resulting in our family’s reconnection to the land we love!!

Planting Seeds of Influence

Noah Young

Silver 8 & 9

Join us for a captivating breakout session where we will delve into the philosophy of sharing your farm story, explore effective strategies to grow on social media platforms, and reveal insights on monetizing your online presence. Discover how to cultivate a thriving online community and create a positive impact through your digital presence. We’ll also discuss the best platforms for farmers to showcase their work, the essential equipment for producing captivating content, and expert tips and tricks on how to accrue a following. Join us and learn how to become a force for change in the agricultural realm through the power of social media.

This pairs well with….

Brady Revels

Silver 1

Vines, wines and you! Join us to learn what to pair best with your favorite foods! Become a wine connoisseur and impress your friends at your next dinner party.

Agronomic Intelligence for Smart Fertigation

Jackson Stansell

Silver 7

Managing crop nutrition to boost productivity while demonstrating excellent environmental stewardship will be one of the defining objectives for agriculture over the next 25 years. Addressing this challenge will require a systems approach to nutrient management and adoption of technology that gives farmers the agronomic intel required for exceptional decision making. Sentinel Fertigation’s N-Time software is one tool on the market today that is beginning to address these challenges. This session will cover the development of N-Time, how it works, it’s impact on farmers, and lessons from its journey as the cornerstone product of an emerging Nebraska-based agribusiness.

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