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Grazing Research and Cattle Management Through a Holistic Lens

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Date November 12, 2018   -   November 15, 2018
Location Across Nebraska
Registration Required Yes
Fee Description Cost $15 which covers the cost of the meal. NGLC will pick up the cost of all student registrations. Must preregister by November 9 to reserve a meal by calling the UNL Extension office indicated. Registrations will be taken until full.

Two massive hurricanes devastated Louisiana agriculture in 2005. While helping farmers recover from the twin disasters, Dr. Jason Rowntree then realized his life’s work would be developing systems to increase the resilience of food production worldwide.  As an associate professor of Animal Science at Michigan State University, he coordinates the Lake City and UPREC AgBioResearch and Extension Centers where he addresses economic, environmental and social complexity in agriculture. He has obtained more than $2 million in funding to study how grazing livestock can improve land and mitigate climate change by capturing carbon and providing other ecosystem services.  As an affiliate of the Center for Regional Food Systems, he strives to increase local food systems that strengthen local communities. He is past chair of the Grassfed Exchange, a leading U.S. grass-fed beef educational organization. He is the scientific advisor and an accredited Holistic Management Educator for the Savory Institute. He is also an advisor of Standard Soil, a startup corporation that aims to meet the nation’s growing demand for grass-finished beef while restoring the ecosystems they manage.

Topics will include:

  • Changes from a conventional cow-calf research facility to a lower input grazing and grass finishing operation
  • Impacts of grazing management on the land
  • Impact of grass finishing strategies on cattle, forage and carcass performance
  • Changes in industry attitudes towards beef grass finishing
  • Future considerations and direction of grazing management and the market place

8 Nebraska Locations in 4 days

Monday, November 12, 2018

10 AM – 2 PM (Central time) Lifelong Learning Center, NE Community College, Norfolk, NE

Contact Ben Beckman, Nebraska Extension in Cedar County                          402 254 6821

5 PM – 9 PM (Central time) Loup County Ag Society Community Center, Taylor, NE

Contact Steve Niemeyer, Nebraska Extension in GLW Counties                     308 346 4200


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

10 AM – 2 PM (Central time) Cherry County 4-H Building, Valentine, NE                             

Contact Jace Stott, Nebraska Extension in BKR and Cherry Counties             402 387 2213

5 PM – 9 PM (Mountain time) Chadron State College, Student Center, Chadron, NE

Contact Jack Arterburn, Nebraska Extension in Sioux, Box Butte, Dawes and Sheridan Counties  308 327 2312


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

9:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Mountain time) Veterans Memorial Hall, Arthur, NE  

Contact Randy Saner, Nebraska Extension in Keith County                             308 284 6051

Nebraska Extension in Lincoln County                                      308 532 2683

5 PM – 9 PM (Central time)     Nebraska Ag Industry Education Center, NCTA, Curtis, NE

Contact Erin Laborie, Nebraska Extension in Frontier County 308 367 4424 or 888 367 4424


Thursday, November 15, 2018

10 AM – 2 PM (Central time) Sutton Community Senior Center, Sutton, NE

Contact Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension in Clay County                                 402 762 3644 

5 PM – 9 PM (Central time) Great Plains Room, Nebraska East Union on UNL East Campus, Lincoln

Contact UNL Center for Grasslands Studies                                                        402 472 4101

For more information, please contact: Ron Bolze, 402-321-0067