Gabe Brown Will Speak on Increasing Profits While Regenerating Resources

Sept. 30, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition (NGLC) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension are hosting Gabe Brown, a noted soil health advocate, on a four-day, eight-stop traveling road show across Nebraska.

Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement which focuses on regenerating resources. Brown, along with his wife, Shelly, and son, Paul, own and operate a diversified farm and ranch near Bismarck, N.D.

The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping system, which includes multi-species cover crops, with all natural grass fed beef, poultry and sheep.

Brown has been an invited speaker across the U.S. and beyond. He was honored with the NRDC's 2012 Growing Green Awards winner in the Food Producer category. For over 15 years, he has merged back-to-basics agrarian practices with innovative science-based sustainable farming techniques. Brown will share topics that include:

– Decreasing inputs while increasing yields

– Livestock: The missed income opportunity

– Producing corn for only $1.42/bushel

– Regenerating soil resources

– Opportunities to bring the next generation into the operation

– Lowering cow wintering costs

Dates, times, locations and local UNL Extension contact include (times are Central Time unless noted):

Nov. 18 – 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Mountain Time), Cheyenne County 4-H Building, Sidney; Contact: Aaron Berger, UNL Extension Office in Banner, Kimball and Cheyenne Counties, 308-235-3122

Nov. 18 – 5-9 p.m., Nebraska Ag Industry Education Center, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Curtis; Contact: Barb Scharf, UNL Extension Office in Frontier County, 308-367-4424 or 888-367-4424

Nov. 19 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds, Hastings; Contact: Ron Seymour, UNL Extension Office in Adams County, 402-461-7209

Nov. 19 – 5-9 p.m., Nemaha County Hospital, Auburn; Contact: Gary Lesoing, UNL Extension Office in Nemaha County, 402-274-4755

Nov. 20 – 10 a.m.2- p.m., Time Square Event Center, Norfolk; Contact: Wayne Ohnesorg, UNL Extension Office in Madison County, 402-370-4040

Nov. 20 – 5-9 p.m., Scotia Community Center, Scotia; Contact: Heather DePra, UNL Extension in the Central IV Counties, 308-728-5071

Nov. 21 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ainsworth Conference Center, Ainsworth; Contact: Dennis Bauer, UNL Extension in Brown, Keya Paha and Rock Counties, 800-634-8951

Nov. 21 – 5-9 p.m. (Mountain Time), Chadron State College, Student Center, Chadron; Contact: Scott Cotton, UNL Extension Office in Dawes County, 308-432-3373

Cost is $15 which covers the cost of the meal. NGLC will pick up the cost of all student registrations. Participants must preregister by Nov. 11 to reserve a meal by calling the UNL Extension office indicated. Registrations will be taken until full. 

For more information, contact Ron Bolze, coordinator, Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition, 402-321-0067 (cell) or

Ron Bolze
Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition
402-321-0067 (cell)

Gary Lesoing
Extension Educator
Nebraska State SARE Coordinator
UNL Extension, Nemaha County

Sandi Karstens
IANR News Service