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Nebraska Ag & economic summit 2024 growth in Kearney

Nebraska Ag & economic summit 2024 growth in Kearney

By Scout Nelson

Governor Jim Pillen, along with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, invites everyone to the Ag & Economic Development Summit - One Nebraska.

Scheduled for August 7-9, 2024, at the Younes Conference Center North in Kearney, this event is set to draw together leaders and experts in agriculture and economics.

The summit’s website,, is now open for registration. Troy Dannen, Athletic Director for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will serve as the keynote speaker, offering insights from his extensive experience in leadership and sports.

Governor Pillen emphasizes the importance of unity for growth, stating, “Nebraska’s strength lies in our sustainable agricultural practices and the strategic use of resources like the Ogallala Aquifer. The summit aims to harness these for advanced biofuel production and biomanufacturing.”

This year’s sessions will delve into vital areas such as talent attraction, the bioeconomy, and solutions for housing and childcare. Additionally, the summit will focus on water resource stewardship and advanced manufacturing techniques, all integral to enhancing Nebraska’s economic landscape.

NDA Director Sherry Vinton highlighted the shift towards a value-added agricultural model, noting the state’s robust land and water resources that position it at the forefront of the bioeconomy.

The summit promises three days of intensive discussions. It kicks off with a reception by the Nebraska Diplomats on August 7, featuring an awards ceremony to honor contributions to Nebraska’s economic success.

The main events unfold on August 8, with Governor Pillen and Troy Dannen delivering key speeches, followed by expert-led panels. The summit concludes on August 9 with a special session on the bioeconomy, aimed at fostering leadership in the sector.

Join leaders and innovators in Kearney this summer to shape the future of Nebraska’s agriculture and economy.

Photo Credit: nebraska-department-of-ag

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