YF&R Conference

January 28-29, 2022 | Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE

A Conference FOR Young Farmers and Ranchers – BY Young Framers and 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. Join us for comedian, Tim the Dairy Farmer from Florida, and take part in our 4th annual Cornhole Tournament to benefit Nebraska AgrAbility.

$100 – Person | $50 – Student
All meals included.


Friday, January 28

12:00 p.m.
Registration Opens

1:00 p.m.
Welcome & Networking

1:30-5:00 p.m.
Industry Tours

6:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m.
After Party & Corn Hole Tournament

Saturday, January 29

8:00 a.m.
Collegiate Coffee Talk

8:30 a.m.
Discussion Meet – Round 1

9:30 a.m.
Keynote Speaker

10:30 a.m.
Morning Break

11:00 a.m.
Breakout Sessions – Round 1

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions – Round 2

2:45 p.m.

3:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions – Round 3

4:15 p.m.
Discussion Meet – Round 2

5:00 p.m.
Happy Hour

6:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions – Round 1
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Making Your Farm Data Work for You

Scott Speck, Climate Corporation

Climate FieldView is the leading digital agriculture platform in ease of collection and use. Analyzing field level datasets can help you make more informed decisions about management practices, all at your fingertips. In this session, Scott will go over how to collect and utilize field level data with Climate FieldView.

Scott is currently an Activation Manager for The Climate Corporation. At Climate, Scott works with internal and external teams to ensure customers of Climate FieldView are utilizing data to make decisions and drive profitability on farm. He has a passion for connecting foundational agronomy to technology tools and software, helping identify problems and opportunities while bringing the insight to solve them. Scott holds a B.S. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Agronomy and a M.S. from Iowa State University in Agronomy.

Nebraska Pork Production Today and How it Can Fit into Your Farm

Shana Beattie, Beattie Family Farms

Looking to bring home the bacon on your farm? Add Pork! Hear from pork grower and president of NE Pork Producers, Shana Beattie. She will be taking you deep into pork production in the state and exciting ways that producers can bring value back to their farms by diversifying in swine.

Shana and her husband Bart operate Beattie Family Farms, along with Bart’s parents.  It is a diversified operation that includes a crop rotation of corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. They also partner in a sow farm which is their source for weaned pigs to fill the families wean to finish swine barns. Additionally, they own and manage commercial cow/calf ranching operation near Sumner in central Nebraska. Shana is actively involved in the day to day activities on the farm with her primary role in the operation presently involves inventory management of both swine and beef as well as managing office personnel. She’s a member of the board of directors of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association where she serves as the President for the state association.  Beattie was named the 2019 Nebraska Ag-Ceptional Women of the Year. The Beatties have four children, Mekenzie, Mattison, Bart Jr., and Preston. 

Can You Afford the Farm?

Jordan Kavan, UBT

What is a lender looking for and how can I be better prepared? Jordan will discuss the basics of projecting a cash flow and identifying if an individual can afford a payment. He will discuss different ratios your banker looks to when making lending decisions and what you should prepare to bring to the discussion. Participants will also have the opportunity to fill out their own cash flow in this hands-on session.

I began my career as a business teacher at the high school level. Assisting in areas of FBLA, FFA, and extra-curricular. Thirsting to learn more in ag and continue doing business finances I had the opportunity to go to small town Bank of Prague in Prague, NE. After four years in Prague, I was hired to specialize in ag lending at Union Bank and Trust. I have been with UBT for three years. Growing my ag knowledge, credit analysis skills, and understanding for finances has brought opportunities to my family and I we didn’t know were possible.

Smartphone Photography Tips

Hannah Dorn, HG Images

Have you ever scrolled through fantastic images and stories of farms on your Instagram feed and wondered, how do they get their farm to look like that? Do you want to share more of your ag story through picture, but feel stuck? Hannah is here to help. In this workshop, you’ll learn tips and tricks to capture high quality photos just using your smartphone.

Hannah Gaebel Dorn is an agriculture photographer and advocate. She has always enjoyed finding ways to create, and her photography and Instagram page has allowed her to do just that. Hannah brings wit, humor, and creativity to the everyday occurrences of rural living. She cares deeply about rural communities, the people that live in them, and the businesses that blossom within. She uses her photography to document this way of life for agriculture families and businesses.

Breakout Sessions – Round 2
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Tips from a Cow Vet

Dr. Zachary Adam, Hyannis Veterinary Service

This session will focus on cattle tips from a veterinarian’s perspective. Zach will stress management over medicine while addressing some useful tips and tricks of the trade. You will also be allowed an inside discussion of some common myths of the profession.

Dr. Zachary Adam was born and raised in South Central Nebraska. Dr. Adam grew up helping his father in his veterinary practice and especially enjoyed being involved with any herd work. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and majored in Animal Science. Dr. Adam graduated from the UNL-ISU Professional Program of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. He then started his veterinary career in the heart of cow country at Hyannis Veterinary Service, where he is now a part owner. Dr. Adam lives in Hyannis with his wife Staci and two boys, Braxton and Kyson.

Lavender Farming: It’s a Specialty Crop!

Mike Neustrom, Prairie Lavender Farm

Can you look to specialty crops and/or agri-tourism to diversify and boost earnings? Another way to approach your acreage to improve your bottom line.  Whether selling your crop in bulk or creating your own product line, there are ways beyond the elevator.

After retiring from two careers, (Twenty-one years in the U.S. Navy and as director of a rehabilitation facility for people with developmental disabilities), Mike started farming lavender in May 2002. What began as one hundred plants has expanded to a current 4600 plants of 15 different varieties and they just finished their 20th season. Mike and his wife Dianne are co-owners and operators of Prairie Lavender farm. Mike was also one of several original members who started the organizing committee in March 2011 leading to the formation of the United States Lavender Growers Association and growing to over 700 members.  He served as the Treasurer from November 2011 through January 2014 and briefly stepped down from the Board of Directors in April 2014 only to be elected back to the board at the annual meeting in January 2015.  He was elected President in March 2015 and 2017 for two-year terms and was just reelected again in 2020.

Understand Your Marketing Game

Tyler Kester, Aurora Coop

Tyler will take you on an inside look at the factors that shaped the 2021 grain markets and how it will trickle over into 2022. With this information, you will be given tools and strategies to apply in your marketing this upcoming year to minimize risk and capitalize results.

Tyler Kester is a native of Clearwater, NE. As a scholar athlete he attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he received his degree in Agricultural Economics. Tyler started his career with DeBruce Grain in Iowa, merchandising rail and truck grain. He was then promoted to Wisconsin where he merchandised barges of grain on the Mississippi River into multiple destination markets and export channels. Tyler started at Aurora Cooperative in 2013 and currently is serving as the Vice President of Grain and Animal Nutrition. Tyler lives north of Central City, NE with his wife Lindsey, and two sons Burk and Kase.

When work is done, Tyler enjoys spending time raising, showing and marketing registered Hereford cattle with his brother Cody.

Thinking Chicken?

Jason & Karah Perdue (Pullets), Hannah Borg (Broilers), Devin Kumm (Eggs), Allissa Troyer (Moderator)

Scramble, hard boil or fry: there’s more than one way to add poultry to your operation – is it right for you? Hear from a panel of poultry growers right here in the state as they share about their operations/facilities, how they got started, and challenges they have overcome. Bring your questions to this interactive session!

Jason and Karah are from York, NE where they run a contract pullet operation. Jason balances working full time for a family-owned ag retail company covering Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri as a Branded Technologies Territory Manager with operating a small row crop operation, a herd of beef cows, and assisting in their pullet operation. Karah is a stay at home mom who teaches fitness and aerobics classes and oversees the daily operation of the barns and chickens. Both Jason and Karah are very involved with NE Farm Bureau and recently served as chair couple for YF&R. Jason is currently on the NEFB State Board of Directors. Jason and Karah have 4 children, Annah, Lane, Bennett, and Jase.

Hannah Borg is the sixth generation on her family’s farm located near Allen, Nebraska. Their diversified farm raises feedlot cattle, crops, and most recently chickens for Costco. The chicken operation started in 2019 after Hannah completed her Agricultural Communications degree from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Springbank Poultry grows 120,000 pullets a year that go on to lay the broiler eggs. When Hannah isn’t on the farm you can find her behind a camera or in a history book.

Devin Kumm grew up on a farm in Northeast Nebraska, growing corn and soybeans and raising pullets.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska – Omaha with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Banking, Investment Science and Portfolio Management, with a minor in Real Estate.  After working in the Trust Operations department of Union Bank and Trust for two years, he, his wife, Bridget, and daughter, Ava, moved back to the family farm.  In 2015, Devin and his wife built two of their own pullet houses, with a capacity of 220,000 birds.  Currently, Devin serves on the board of the Nebraska Poultry Industries as well as the Nebraska Poultry and Egg Development, Utilization, and Marketing Committee.  In addition to raising pullets and working on the farm, Devin, Bridget, and their two children, Ava and Royce, own and operate Statement Boutique and its three locations, a co-working space, rental properties, and are co-owners in the local bowling alley.

Breakout Sessions – Round 3
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
My Journey into the Registered Cattle Business

Judd Hoos, HoosCow Angus

Judd will lead you in a discussion targeted around EPD’s and genomics and their impact in a herd. He will pull from his own journey in the registered cattle business and share with you how he founded HoosCow Angus.

Judd graduated from Chadron State in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Agriculture. In 1999 Judd and Brandy were married and purchased their first registered Angus cattle, thus beginning to pursue their passion and involvement in the cattle industry. Judd spent 8 years in the banking industry, followed by a brief career in the grain industry. In 2009 Judd ventured into the world self-employment by starting an AI business and started marketing feeder cattle. Today Hooscow Angus produces 250 registered Angus calves annually. Their AI business custom breeds about 6000 head of cattle in Western Nebraska and South Dakota annually. Judd is currently an independent sale representative for ST Genetics, Select Sires, Alta Beef, Breeder’s Link, and Beef 360.

Shrimp and Steak – Starting a Shrimp Farm on My Family’s Bull Operation

Grant Jones, Chundy Aquaculture

Grant will take you inside the fundamentals of shrimp farming on the plains! This will include a basic overview and details on Recirculation Aquaculture Systems using Biofloc technology and discussion on how he found financing and advice learned from that experience.

I am a 6th generation farmer and rancher from Haigler Nebraska. I returned home to the family operation in 2014 after graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an Animal Science degree.  My family and I operate Chundy Land and Cattle raising Angus and SimAngus bulls.  We also have a small backgrounding yard.  When I returned home I wanted to add something to our operation that would continue to diversify our farm and ranch.  During the summer of 2017, I ran across an article about shrimp farming in the Midwest.  In April of 2020, we got out first batch of “PLs” (Post larval) in and our shrimp farm was off and running.

A Plan for Tomorrow

Alissa Baier, Galyen Boettcher Baier PC, LLO

Do you know what will happen to your family farm or ranch when your parents or you pass away? Alissa will discuss what you need to consider when creating a succession plan. She will explain estate planning tools that can be utilized to smoothly transition the family farm or ranch to the next generation.

Alissa Baier is an attorney with the law firm Galyen Boettcher Baier PC, LLO.  The firm has offices in Laurel, Norfolk, and O’Neill.  Having been raised on a cattle and corn farm with her four siblings near Creighton and now being married to a farmer in Laurel, Alissa understands the unique issues facing farm and ranch families.  She is passionate about helping farmers, ranchers, and business owners develop a succession plan that not only smoothly transitions their operation to the next generation but also preserves family harmony. Alissa has expertise in the complexities and tax implications of estate planning, probate, and trust administration. She also assists clients in the areas of real estate, business, civil litigation, and family law. While obtaining her undergraduate degree in ag economics and law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Alissa interned for Nebraska Farm Bureau in the governmental relations department.  When she is not practicing law, she enjoys helping on the farm, travelling, spoiling her nieces and nephews, fishing, cheering on the Huskers, and winning in chess against her husband Marcus.

Returning to the Farm in 2022 – From Staying Alive to Making the Family Farm Thrive

Ben Hintz, Hintz Produce

We all know we live in volatile times, so how do you plan to return to the farm? Especially if you’re still in college? What value will you bring to the operation? If these questions cross your mind sometimes, the good news is you aren’t the first and you won’t be the last. Come hang out for an hour while we take some time to think about the future!

I grew up in a family of four on a diversified farm outside of Hebron, NE. In 2018, I graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Agronomy, and minors in Engler Entrepreneurship, Horticulture, and Math. After graduation, I spent 9 months as a horticulture intern at Disney World and 2 missionary years serving the homeless in Denver with Christ in the City. All the while, I’ve been investing time and energy into Hintz Produce LLC and am currently preparing for my first full growing season at home. I’m passionate about fresh and local food, agricultural entrepreneurship, all things outdoors, and my relationship with God.

Industry Tours

Tour 1: Smart Agriculture: Soil to Sprayers

First Stop
Ward Laboratories

Ward Laboratories, Inc. is a full-service agriculture testing laboratory dedicated to serving farmers and ranchers. We specialize in testing soils, plants, feed, forages, water, manures, fertilizer, and other special testing projects.

Second Stop
Fasse Valves

We do sell tractor parts alright, as well as electrohydraulic systems for sprayers, backhoes, combines, forklifts, graders, loaders, planters, scrapers, tree spades, snowplows, balers, windrowers, trucks, and more. We also sell faster cycle times so you don’t miss your kid’s ballgame; precision depth control to increase yields and help feed the world; water conservation that you can access from your mobile phone; remote line of sight actuation for improved safety; sequential deployment of booms to automate field to transport modes; smart tracking and so much more.

Tour 2: Taste of Ag: Beef & Beer

First Stop
NE Star Beef Feedyard

Nebraska Star® Beef and Lucky® Beef Jerky are Nebraska based, family owned, and operated companies dedicated to providing the highest quality, premium angus beef. Their generations of experience and one of a kind all-natural process covers every humane aspect of breeding, raising, feeding and shipping that results in an ultimate difference in taste, tenderness and overall quality of beef we produce north of Holdrege, Nebraska.

Second Stop
Thunderhead Brewery

Thunderhead Brewing is a small brewmaster owned brewery dedicated to producing high quality ales and lagers. Established in 1999, Thunderhead Brewing serves a delicious variety of beer handcrafted by an experienced staff of beer lovers. Pilsners, Porters, Stouts, IPAs, Fruit beers, Honey beers, barrel aged favorites, and even a firkin from time to time.

Tour 3: Consumer Products: Potatoes & Plastics

First Stop
CSS Farms

CSS Farms has grown to be one of the premier chip suppliers in the country. Their Minden farm harvests 1,700 acres of chipping potatoes annually. Fresh and storage shipments cover a 10-month time frame with 800,000 cwt of storage capacity.

Second Stop
Sandhills Plastics

Sandhill Plastics is a manufacturing specialist founded on the premise of using post-consumer plastics as the raw material in its manufacturing process. This philosophy stems from 2 years of research showing that although recycling is popular with the general public, there were very few end uses for the materials being recycled.  This left an opening in the recycling loop.

To close that loop, we have designed and built a sheet line extrusion system that produces a high-quality sheet and has the capability to change the color, thickness, and length. With this system we were able to process just over 2.4 million lbs. in 2015 alone & saving over 36 million milk jugs from the landfill.