Farmers, ranchers, agri-business executives, as well as business owners will gather in early March in Kearney for the 31st Governor’s Ag Conference.
Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced the conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 4th and 5th, at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
State Agriculture Director Steve Wellman says all are welcome.
“I’d encourage everyone that is involved in agriculture or would like to learn more about agriculture to attend this year’s conference as it gives producers an opportunity to network with colleagues, share information, and prepare for the future,” Wellman says.
Ricketts expects trade to be a top discussion at the conference.
“Obviously, that’s a big deal for us here in Nebraska,” Ricketts tells reporters during a conference call. “Over the course of the past year, we’ve seen a lot of progress being made on trade with the USMCA agreement that is awaiting Congress’ approval, the U.S.-South Korean trade agreement, talks have opened up with Japan and the European Union. Still, hanging out there though is China and that’s a big market for example for our soybeans.”
Ricketts expects property taxes to be a major topic of discussion as well, especially with the legislative session underway.
The governor’s office says the conference will begin Monday, March 4th, at 3:30pm with a panel presentation featuring Nebraska entrepreneurs and recruiters.
On the entrepreneur side, the panelists are Vishal Singh with Quantified Ag; Lukas Fricke with ChorChek; and Mitch Minarick with FARMAFIELD.
The three people representing recruitment are: Phil Kozera with Bio Nebraska; Dan Duncan with Innovation Campus; and Bryan Slone with the Nebraska State Chamber.
Gov. Ricketts will moderate this panel presentation that will include questions and answers from the audience.
The annual “Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture” reception will be held Monday evening, beginning at six o’clock, featuring an assortment of food and beverages from Nebraska.
The conference resumes the next morning at 9 o’clock with a presentation from Jim Smith, executive director of Blueprint Nebraska, an organization that is spearheading an economic development initiative.
Legislative initiatives will also be discussed at the conference.
Jim Wiesemeyer, with Pro Farmer, will update participants Farm Bill and its impact both nationally and in Nebraska.
The Governor’s Ag Conference is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and is co-sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America. A $125 registration fee covers participation at activities on both Monday and Tuesday.
For additional information, click here for the Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture website or call NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.
Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, contributed to this story.