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Summer Convention


Thank You to our Thursday Evening Auctioneers

August 15-16, 2024

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

Golf Courses: Meadowlark Hills and Kearney Country Club

Downloadable Forms:

Summer Convention Registration Form

Summer Convention Sponsorship Form

Convention Details Brochure

2024 Summer Convention Agenda, August 15, 2024

8:00-11:00 AM
Tee Times for first round of two-day golf tournament (9 holes, team scores will determine flights)
Meadowlark Hills Golf Course, 3300 30th Ave, Kearney, NE
11:00-1:00 PM
Lunch on your own
11:00-1:00 PM
Sponsors Set-Up Tables
1:00 PM
Registration Opens
Pre-Function Area
1:00-5:00 PM
Sponsor Tables Open for Viewing
2:00-3:00 PM
“What’s New At The Nebraska Department of Agronomy and Horticulture” – presented by Martha Mamo, Department Head
3:00-3:30 PM
“News From The Hill” – presented by Senator Pete Ricketts
3:30-4:30 PM
“Raven Precision Technology Group, the Total Precision Solution for Application” – presented by Gary Esselink, Raven Industries
4:30-6:30 PM
Steak Dinner
6:30 PM
Auction and Libations

2024 Summer Convention Agenda, August 16, 2024

7:30-8:30 AM
Breakfast Buffet
8:30-9:30 AM
“Confronting Broad Threats In Agriculture” – presented by Wade A. Greening, Supervisory Intelligence Analyst, National Security, FBI
9:30-10:30 AM
“U.S. Economic Outlook: Maintaining Resiliency in 2024 and Beyond” – presented by Matt Erickson, Ag Economic and Policy Advisor, Farm Credit Services of America
10:30-11:00 AM
11:00-5:00 PM
Day Two of Golf Tournament at Kearney Country Club (18 holes, shotgun format) & Sport Shoot Tournament at R & J Sporting Clays (Pick up Box Lunches at Kearney Country Club)
R & J Sporting Clays, 11035 744 Road, Elm Creek, NE | Kearney Country Club, 2800 19th Ave, Kearney, NE
11:30 AM
Sport Shooters Leave for R & J Sporting Clays – Transportation Provided (Pick up Box Lunches at Kearney Country Club)
Kearney Country Club
5:00-6:00 PM
Burgers & Brats Dinner and Golf and Sport Shoot Awards – Kearney Country Club
Cottonwood Room

Convention Presenters

Martha Mamo

Department Head, Agronomy & Horticulture

Martha Mamo holds the John E. Weaver Professorship and currently serves as the Head of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Mamo's research is on nutrient cycling in low input rangeland ecosystem – evaluating grazing strategies on soil C and N dynamics.

Senator Pete Ricketts

United States Senate

Senator Ricketts was sworn in as Nebraska’s 40th Governor on January 8, 2015 and reelected to a second term in November 2018. As governor, Pete dramatically improved services to Nebraskans, and worked with the Legislature to deliver tax relief, including over $10 billion in property tax relief, by 2027. Ricketts was appointed by Governor Pillen and was sworn in as Nebraska's U.S. Senator on January 23, 2023.

Gary Esselink

Customer Engagement Mgr

Gary Esselink has been with Raven Industries for over 16 years. He is responsible both as a trainer and promoter. He has helped with training in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, and the US. Prior to his current role, he was a Product Manager working with multiple OEM's and helping bring multiple Raven products to the ag market.

Matt Erickson

Ag Economic And Policy Advisor

Matt Erickson provides perspective, insights, and commentary that help connect conditions in the agricultural economy to individual producer impact and resulting impacts to the organization. Before his role at Farm Credit, Matt accumulated approximately fifteen years of policy and agricultural economic experience in Washington, D.C. serving as Chief Economist at the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

Wade A. Greening

Supervisory Intelligence Analyst, National Security

Wade Greening is with the FBI Omaha Field Office covering the states of Iowa and Nebraska. Over the last five years, he has supervised the analysis of all National Security-related information across Iowa and Nebraska, including counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, and weapons of mass destruction matters. In addition, SIA Greening is the Private Sector Coordinator, responsible for coordinating with private sector companies across Iowa and Nebraska.

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