NCAT’s Ellis learns about Nebraska healthy farms

NCAT Poultry Specialist Kevin Ellis represented NCAT at the annual Healthy Farms Conference sponsored by the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society in mid-February. Kevin writes:

In order to aid in the NCAT Midwest Regional Office’s goal of more actively reaching out to all of the states in our region, I recently attended the 2014 Healthy Farms Conference, an annual event sponsored by the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society. This year’s event was held in Kearney in south central Nebraska on the Platte River.

The programming was informative and entertaining, with topics covering animal welfare, conservation, farm planning and communications. Though Wayne Pacelle from the Humane Society of the United States could not make it to deliver his keynote talk due to inclement weather on the East Coast, Niman Ranch Founder Paul Willis ably filled the spot, telling how animal welfare is a cornerstone to his business’ national success. The second day’s keynoter was Leigh Adcock from the Women in Food and Agriculture Network, who stressed women’s important role in production and what needs to be done to advance their positive impact. An interesting breakout session with a local focus covered recent whooping crane conservation efforts. (Kearney is known as the sandhill crane capital of the world.)

As someone fairly new to the region, I enjoyed the opportunity to make connections with Nebraska farmers, to learn more about agriculture in the state and to raise awareness of NCAT-ATTRA resources. Many of the attendees who stopped by our booth seemed interested in my personal specialty in poultry, and I always appreciate the chance to answer related questions. I would like to thank Will Powers, Executive Director of the NSAS, for inviting NCAT to exhibit at this conference and his support of our mission.

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