Creating Solutions Together

Summer Convention

August 24-25, 2021

Holiday Inn Conference Center
110 S 2nd Ave
Kearney, NE 68847
Phone: (308) 237-5971

Thank you to these Convention Sponsors!

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Summer Convention Educational Presenters

Dr. Nick Ward, President, Ward Laboratories

Originally from Wamego Kansas, Nick received his BS and MS in Agronomy from K-State in 2007 and 2010 respectively. His Masters’ work focused on P fertilizer placement and fertilizer enhancement products. In 2015, he completed his PhD at the University of Nebraska focusing on active crop sensors for use in nitrogen management in irrigated environments. At Ward Labs, Nick focuses on the day-to-day operations of the lab while working with a research team to explore new tests that would help farmers, ranchers, or homeowners.

Invited Guest Congressman Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means and actively promotes access for Nebraska agriculture products in Asia, South America, and throughout the world. He supports trade agreements that will continue to create new opportunities for our agriculture producers and their products to keep Nebraska’s economy strong.

Sam Pendleton, Sales Director, Rantizo, Friend, NE

Sam Pendleton grew up in rural Nebraska and has been around farming and agriculture his whole life. Graduating from UNL with an Agribusiness degree, Sam always had an interest in agricultural technology, which ultimately lead him to his position as Sales Director for Rantizo. Prior to Rantizo, Sam worked for Junge Control.

Richard Gupton, ARA, Washington, DC

Richard Gupton is Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Counsel with the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of retailers across the U.S. on legislative and regulatory issues on Capitol Hill. As the political voice of agricultural retailers, ARA not only represents its membership but also educates members on the political process and important issues affecting the industry.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Date/TimeEventLocation
August 24, 2021
8:00 - 11:00 AMTee Times for 9-hole Qualifying Rounds of GolfMeadowlark Hills Golf Course, Kearney, NE
11:00 AM - 1:00 PMNeCCA Board Meeting with working LunchHoliday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, NE
11:00 AM - 1:00 PMSponsors Set-Up Display TablesHoliday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, NE
1:00 PMRegistration OpensHoliday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, NE
1:00 - 7:00 PMSponsor Tables are OpenHoliday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, NE
2:00 - 3:00 PM"Agricultural Drone Spraying" Presented by Sam Pendelton, Rantizo, Friend, Nebraska

Drone technology has greatly increased over the last decade. With that technology expansion, it has opened the doors for the ability to use drones in the agriculture sector. One of the newest forms of this is an aerial application by unmanned aircraft. Drone application gives ag retailers another tool to help with a stressful and condensed spraying season. As well as giving the ability to get coverage onto acres that might be more difficult with traditional spraying methods.
Holiday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, NE
3:00 - 4:00 PM"Agriculture Issues in Nebraska" Presented by Invited Guest Speaker, Congressman Adrian SmithHoliday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, NE
2:00 - 4:00 PMAfternoon Break Sponsored by Gowan and DTNHoliday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, NE
5:00 - 7:00 PMReception - Awards presentation and introduction of teams. Reception sponsored by Helena Agri-Enterprises, Nutrien Ag Solutions Wholesale, and Tessenderlo Kerley.Holiday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, NE
7:00 PMDinner on your own
August 25, 2021
7:30 - 8:30 AMBreakfast on your own (provided by hotel if you are a guest)Holiday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, NE
8:30 - 9:15 AM"Agriculture's Role in Carbon Marketplace" Presented by Dr. Nick Ward, Ward Laboratories, Kearney, Nebraska

How do farmers use their land to accomplish the goal of storing carbon? Who and what is involved in confirming the CO2 stores.
Holiday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, NE
9:15 - 10:00 AM"DC Update" Presented by Richard Gupton, Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Counsel, Agricultural Retailers Association, Washington, DCHoliday Inn Conference Center, Kearney, NE
8:30 - 10:00 AMMorning Break Sponsored by Gowan and DTN
10:00 AM - 5:00 PMGolf and Sport Shoot Tournaments (Pick up Box Lunches at Awarii Dunes Clubhouse). Lunch sponsored by Dultmeier Sales

Transportation to the Sport Shoot Tournament sponsored by VAS/AgSource. Sport Shoot Tournament refreshments sponsored by AgriSmart Information Systems.
Awarii Dunes Golf Course, Axtell, NE and Fort Kearney Shooting Sports Assn, Kearney, NE
5:00 - 7:00 PMSteak Fry Dinner, Golf and Sport Shoot Awards. Dinner sponsored by Dultmeier Sales, Butler Ag Equipment, Koch Agronomic Services, Gavilon Fertilizer, Mosaic Crop Nutrition, Nutrien and Winfield UnitedAwarii Dunes Clubhouse, Axtell, NE
All Speaker expenses sponsored by The Andersons, Continental NH3 Products, Inspro Insurance, Intrepid Potash, and Stueve Construction.