Neb. ag conference registration deadline nears
February 13, 2014
Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach is reminding farmers, ranchers and agribusiness professionals about the upcoming registration deadline for the 26th Annual Governor's Ag Conference.
The Conference, scheduled for March 5-6, will be held at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Kearney. Early registration for the Conference ends Feb. 19.
"The Governor's Ag Conference is a time for those in the agricultural community to join together and look towards the future of our industry," said Ibach. "We have an exciting line up of speakers this year that will address topics of interest for all that attend."
Joining the current lineup of speakers will be Matthew Bechdol, the president of GeoSilos, a company that leverages location analytics to help agriculturalists analyze and utilize data collected through modern agriculture technology. Bechdol will discuss the benefits of such technology, as well as the potential privacy concerns associated with it.
"Farmers and ranchers now have access to technological tools that help them be more prescriptive in addressing challenges within their farm fields, their animals," Bechdol said. "While this technology is extremely beneficial, it has created public policy issues that need to be addressed. Who owns the data? How can that data be used? These are critical questions as modern agriculture becomes more technologically driven."
The Conference is open to anyone interested in learning more about the issues facing Nebraska agriculture. A $100 registration fee covers participation at the entire Conference. More information, including the schedule and online registration is available at http://www.nda.nebraska.gov. Those interested in attending can register by calling NDA toll-free at 800-831-0550 or by going online at http://www.nda.nebraska.gov.
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–Neb. Dept. of Agriculture