The governor's annual agriculture conference is headed to Kearney Feb. 12-13. This year is the 25th anniversary of the conference and is themed "A Platform for Nebraska Agriculture's Future."
The conference will be held at the Younes Conference Center and starts at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.
"We have selected speakers to address big picture topics that will challenge conference attendees to think about the long-term future of Nebraska agriculture," said Gov. Heineman. "Livestock production methods, biotechnology and farm policy will all be addressed, giving the farmers, ranchers and agribusiness leaders in attendance a variety of issues to discuss."
The conference will have speakers taking specifically about the future of livestock production in the state as well as an analysis of current activity in Washington D.C. that could affect Nebraska agriculture.
"This 25th anniversary conference comes at what I think is a pivotal time for the agricultural industry," said Nebraska's Ag Director Greg Ibach. "While we need to get through the months ahead, we also need to plan for our future in the coming decades. I think our line-up of speakers will challenge us to think that way."
Other activities will include a report by State Climatologist Al Dutcher on the year ahead in weather, and the "Celebrate Nebraska Agriculture" reception. The reception begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 12, featuring a wide variety of Nebraska food products, and Nebraska entertainers including magician Adam White and cowboy poet R.P. Smith.
Anyone interested in agriculture issues is invited to attend. A $100 registration fee covers participation at activities on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Registration is available online at www.agr.ne.gov, or by calling NDA toll-free at (800) 831-0550.