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(Neb)-Speakers Announced For 31st Annual Governor's Ag Conference

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/29/2019 11:53 AM
LINCOLN - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has unveiled the schedule for the 31st annual Governor's Ag Conference, coming up March 4-5 in Kearney. Ricketts says the conference is a networking and educational opportunity for farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs and government officials.

    The conference starts Monday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m. CT with a panel presentation moderated by Governor Ricketts and featuring representatives from three innovative Nebraska companies and three organizations involved heavily in recruiting companies to Nebraska.

On the entrepreneur side, the panelists are Vishal Singh with Quantified Ag; Lukas Fricke with ChorChek; and Mitch Minarick with FARMAFIELD.  These speakers will discuss their companies, goals, visions and why they chose Nebraska communities to start their businesses.

The three people representing recruitment success are: Phil Kozera with Bio Nebraska; Dan Duncan with Innovation Campus; and Bryan Slone with the Nebraska State Chamber.  They will discuss their efforts in recruiting and how to find and attract startups as well as how to connect to established industries.

Concluding the first day will be the annual "Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture" reception that evening at 6:00, featuring an assortment of food and beverages from Nebraska.

The conference resumes on Tuesday, March 5, at 9 a.m. with a presentation from Jim Smith, executive director of Blueprint Nebraska, an organization that is spearheading a statewide, citizen-led economic development initiative.

Governor Ricketts, State Ag Director Steve Wellman, and Nebraska Dept of Economic Development Director Dave Rippe will update conference participants on legislative initiatives in agriculture and highlight the work being done between state agencies to grow Nebraska.  This panel presentation will be moderated by NDA Assistant Director Amelia Breinig.

Next on the agenda will be Jim Wiesemeyer, with Pro Farmer, giving participants an update on the national farm bill and how it will impact farmers and ranchers nationwide as well as here 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.  Registration and additional information is available online at www.nda.nebraska.gov, or by calling NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.


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