Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference

January 27-28, 2023

Younes Conference Center North
707 Talmadge St., Kearney, NE 68845

$100 – Person | $50 – Student

FOR Young Farmers & Ranchers | BY Young Farmers & Ranchers
Giving YOU the tools and knowledge to make a positive impact on your farm and community.

Interactive area tours | Pioneering breakout speakers | Exciting giveaways, and more.

This conference has something for all young people connected to agriculture. Dinner and social hour both nights.

Conference Entertainment

Attendees will enjoy a fun night at Joe’s Honkey Tonk featuring musician Kyle Park.

Shuttles will be provided.


Friday, January 27

12:00 p.m.
Registration Opens

1:30 p.m.
Conference Tours
Tour 1: Case IH (Grand Island) & Baldwin Filters
Tour 2: Sweetwater Hemp Company & KAAPA Ethanol
Tour 3: The Archway & Canyon Lakes Brewing Company

5:30 p.m.
Conference Kick Off

6:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.
Shuttle Departs for Joes Honkey Tonk

8:30 p.m.
Entertainment feat. Kyle Park @ Joe’s Honkey Tonk

Saturday, January 28

8:00 a.m.
Collegiate Coffee Talk
Enjoy a cup of coffee and connect with friends attending colleges across Nebraska. 

8:30 a.m.
Discussion Meet (Round 1)

9:30 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Zippy Duvall

10:30 a.m.
Morning Break

11:00 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Jordan Dux, 2023 Political Outlook

1:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Break

3:15 p.m.
Breakouts Sessions

4:15 p.m.
Discussion Meet (Round 2)

5:00 p.m.
Social Hour & Raffle Prizes

6:00 p.m.

Conference Tours

Tour # 1: Manufacturing: Filters to Harvesters

First Stop: Case IH Plant
Case IH represents more than 175 years of industry experience. With a global presence in more than 160 countries, Case IH is recognized as a global leader in powerful, reliable, and highly efficient equipment that helps professional farmers meet the challenges of modern farming. Grand Island Manufacturing Operations is home to the Case IH Axial-Flow Combines. In addition, this facility produces several types of Hay & Forage equipment, including Case IH self-propelled wind rowers.

Second Stop: Baldwin Filters
Baldwin Filters is a global provider of filtration products and services. Their mission is to protect customers’ engines and mobile equipment, from first to last use, through innovative filtration solutions and outstanding customer service. Baldwin offers superb product quality, an extensive distribution network and the industry’s broadest product line. The company is known worldwide as not only a vertically integrated manufacturer with unsurpassed product quality, but also a world-class distribution company encompassing nearly 1 million square feet in the Kearney, NE plant alone.

Tour # 2: Oil and Gas: CBD Oil & Ethanol

First Stop: Sweetwater Hemp Company
Sweetwater Hemp Company LLC was started by the Cruise Family of Pleasanton, Nebraska in 2017. They are fourth and fifth generation farmers with over 150 continuous years of farming. Hemp has been illegal to grow in the United States since World War II. By means of an updated Farm Bill in December 2018, hemp is now federally legal in all fifty states. This bill changed hemp from a controlled substance to an untapped agricultural commodity. Nebraska has reacted to this change and as a result, the State collected applications for the December 2019 distribution of hemp cultivation, extraction, and processing licenses. Sweetwater Hemp Company LLC has licenses to cultivate, extract, process, and handle hemp. The Cruise Family has several successful agricultural related businesses including an acre-plus sized Fresh Herbs Greenhouse where they sell to over 300 Wal-Mart locations; Transportation Company, where they manage a dedicated fleet that transports goods across the Midwest; and they also farm 3300 acres of corn and soybeans every season.

Second Stop: KAAPA Ethanol Ravenna
Kaapa Ethanol, LLC was founded in 2001 and in September of 2002, construction was initiated on the ethanol plant in Minden. The Minden ethanol plant began operations in the Fall of 2003 with a 40-million-gallon capacity. Over the next decade, several acquisitions and expansions took place including increasing the Minden ethanol plant’s capacity to 60 million gallons, purchasing KAAPA Grains in Elm Creek, and purchasing a controlling interest in an Ohio ethanol plant. In January 2013, KAAPA Ethanol Holdings, LLC was formed. That same year a portion of a North Dakota ethanol plant was purchased; that facility has a 130-million-gallon capacity. In 2016, the Ravenna ethanol plant was purchased and one year later the capacity was expanded to 110 million gallons. Another expansion of that facility was completed in 2019, increasing the capacity to 125 million gallons.

Tour # 3: Drunk History: The Archway & Craft Brews

First Stop: The Archway
Since it opened in 2000, the Archway has stood as an enduring tribute to the adventurers who traveled the Great Platte River Road though Nebraska and helped to build America. Over the years, The Archway has welcomed and inspired over 1.5 million visitors with their story. The Archway preserves history, shares their story, and inspires visitors to participate in the American adventure of discovery, innovation, and leadership.

Second Stop: Canyon Lakes Brewing Company
The owners, Michael and Jessica Bliven, are Lexington natives. After living in Colorado for several years, they moved their family back to the Lexington area. Michael’s passion for brewing began when Jessica bought him a small brewing kit for Christmas 14 years ago. He started with a small brewing system in his garage, brewing for family and friends. Once he got started, there was seldom a celebration that didn’t include his famous homebrew. He spent years perfecting his recipes, with countless taste testers and lots of encouragement. Eventually entering some brews in a local brewing competition and walking away with some awards. When the couple decided to move back to their roots, they decided to make their dreams of brewing beer for the masses a reality.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Supporting the YF&R Conference is a good investment. Your sponsorship includes targeted marketing and visibility opportunities for your business and provides an innovative and meaningful conference to the next generation of young farmers, ranchers, and industry leaders.

Hotel Room Reservations

Hotel rooms are available at the Crown Plaza in Kearney for $115/night.

2022 YF&R Conference Photos

2022 Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference