Nebraska Beef Summit Set for November 9th

Nebraska Beef Summit Set for November 9th

Lincoln, Neb. — The Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will hold its annual Nebraska Beef Summit on November 9 near Mead, Neb.

Senior students in the Krutsinger Beef Industry Scholars minor program plan the event, with support from Nebraska Cattlemen, as part of their ASCI 481 "Beef Summit" class. The students have conversations with faculty members, beef producers and industry professionals to discuss potential topics for the event, identify and schedule the speakers, and build the agenda, based on those discussions.

"Those conversations allow them to interact with internal and external audiences," said Rick Rasby, professor and extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science. "This class allows our students to get further engaged in the industry and build connections that will benefit them, and the industry as a whole, moving forward."

Sessions for this year's event include:

  • Beef Industry Dynamics When Calf Number/Supply is Low
    • Moderated by Dr. Jessica Sperber, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      • Panelists: Jordan Schlake, Nebraska Department of Agriculture; Adam Wegner, NE Beef Council; Craig Uden, Darr Feedlot; Ryan Meyer, Sr. Vice President, Procurement & Marketing, Creekstone Farms
  • Genetic Tools for the Cow/Calf Producer
    • Moderated by Dr. Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      • Panelists: Dr. Larry Kuehn, US MARC; Ms. Kelli Retallick, Angus Genetics; Dr. J.R. Tait, Neogen
  • Grazing Corn Residue - What does the new data say?
    • Dr. Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Transition Planning - Initial Steps and Considerations
    • Moderated by Brandon Dirkschneider, Certified Financial Planner and Certified Farm/Ranch Transition Planner
      • Panelists: Allan Vyhnalek – Farm Succession/Transfer Planner; Hannah Borg – Borg Family Farms
  • How to Manage Severe Weather Events
    • Moderated by Dr. Galen Erickson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      • Panelists: Joan Ruskamp, J&S Feedlot and Farms; Zach Settje – Settje Agri-Services; Eric Hunt – Climate Resilience Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The summit will be held at the Eastern Nebraska Research, Extension, and Education Center (ENREEC), 1071 Co Rd G, Ithaca, NE 68033, from 9 a.m., to 3:30 p.m.

Register online by October 30 at Registration is $40, or $30 for students. Registration will also be available on the day of the event. Lunch is included in the registration fee and will be catered on-site.