AIM & GROW Nebraska present MarkeTech



April 26 & 27, 2016 | Kearney, NE Holiday Inn Conference Center

MarkeTech is more than a conference. It’s cutting edge training, valuable networking, and a technology showcase. Be inspired, be engaged, and work hands on with today’s most innovative tools.

MarkeTech provides organizations with tools and ideas advancing their businesses through collaboration between marketing and technology.

Nebraska is a hard-working entrepreneurial state, and that hard work pays off. At MarkeTech 2016, we will feature speakers from many of our well-known successful businesses across the state. They will give us a look at the entrepreneurial spirit and what it takes to be successful in today’s digital landscape.

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Nebraska Broadband Today!


May 24, 2016 | Cornhusker Marriott | Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Showcase broadband availability in Nebraska and promote its use.
  • Help community leaders better understand broadband, funding sources, and how to work with providers.
  • Encourage interest in broadband and technology-based careers.

Have you wanted to understand more how to help your community/accountability region adapt broadband technologies or enhance broadband availability?  This upcoming conference will be a good opportunity to meet many providers that are working to improve broadband availability as well as ideas on what your community can do. More Information »


The Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska is offering scholarships to attend the Nebraska Broadband Today Conference.  Scholarships will be awarded to individuals living in rural communities who are interested in finding solutions to bring broadband to their community and ideas on how to use broadband technologies to increase economic vitality.

Scholarships will cover the cost of registration.  Travel costs will be awarded dependent on funding availability.  To apply, complete the application at this link.   For scholarship questions, please contact Charlotte Narjes @ 402-472-1724.

Apply by May 10, 2016. 

Scholarship Recipients will be notified by May 13, 2016.

The conference is convened by the Nebraska Telecommunications Association in collaboration with the Nebraska Broadband Initiative. 

Governor’s Ag Conference


A Message from Governor Ricketts

I’d like to invite you to the 28th annual Nebraska Governor’s Ag Conference, a key event for the state’s agricultural community.

Agriculture is Nebraska’s largest industry representing nearly a quarter of the state’s economy. That makes agriculture’s success important to all of us and provides a reason to gather together for a meaningful conversation about the future.

Along with a line-up of great speakers, the Governor’s Ag Conference gives people a chance to network with colleagues, share ideas and concerns and learn more about the future of agriculture.

I look forward to seeing you in Kearney.

Registration Information

Printable Registration Form – Print this form and mail it along with your conference registration fee

Online Registration – Click here for instructions, and a link, for the online payment portal.

Hotel Information – Holiday Inn, phone: 308-237-5971. Ask for the Governor’s Ag Conference Rate of $92.95/night.

Conference Agenda – Download a PDF of the Conference Agenda.

Governor’s Ag Conference is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and is co-sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

Parents Salute Six NCTA Faculty Members


Dr. Ron Rosati, NCTA dean, top row, second right, announced recipients of the 2016 Parent’s Association awards are, from left, Jo Bek, Tee Bush, Mary Rittenhouse, Judy Bowmaster-Cole, Brad Ramsdale and Joanna Hergenreder.

CURTIS, Neb. — Parents taking note of the influence and guidance provided to their sons and daughters while away at college recently recognized six faculty from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Parent Association awarded certificates of merit to Jo Bek, Tee Bush, Judy Bowmaster-Cole, Joanna Hergenreder, Brad Ramsdale, Ph.D., and Mary Rittenhouse.

Two weeks ago, several of the instructors were able to attend the presentation in Lincoln where NCTA Dean Ron Rosati introduced the NCTA recipients. Representatives of the Parent Association presented the awards.

“These deserving individuals were recognized for the positive impact they make each day in the lives of NCTA students,” Rosati said. “The caring, compassion and educational leadership consistently demonstrated by NCTA faculty has not gone unnoticed by students and their families.”

Between semesters, parents of University students are asked to nominate members of the faculty or campus staff who have made a significant difference in their son’s or daughter’s life.

NCTA’s 2016 recipients include:

Teri Jo Bek, Curtis, professor, animal science, 37 years, 5 months

Tee Bush, Curtis, assistant professor, mathematics/horticulture, 5 years, 6 months

Judy Bowmaster-Cole, Curtis, assistant professor, veterinary technology, 23 years, 6 months,

Joanna Hergenreder, Curtis, assistant professor, animal science and Ranch Horse Team coach, 3 years, 7, months.

Dr. Brad Ramsdale, Farnam, associate professor, agronomy division chair, 5 years, 5 months.

Mary Rittenhouse, Curtis, assistant professor, agribusiness management systems chair, 8 months (previously at UNK)

“We pride ourselves in outstanding student/faculty relationships amid the academic endeavors here at NCTA so it is especially nice for our staff’s contributions to be noted by parents,” Rosati said.

— Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture

Connecting Young Nebraskans Announces 2016 Summit Location

LINCOLN, Neb. – Young leaders from across the state will gather to network and build skills at the 2016 Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit. The community of York has been selected out of seven community proposals to host the event. The summit is scheduled for Oct. 27-28 at the Holthus Convention Center. Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) is a statewide network designed to connect, empower and retain young Nebraskans. CYN strives to enhance opportunities for individuals to impact their communities through networking and learning experiences. The network is a dynamic and diverse group of 640 peers with a passion for making a difference, a willingness to learn and the desire to build important relationships to help shape the future of Nebraska.

Volunteers from across the state work together with CYN network coordinators Kayla Schnuelle and Jordyn Bader, graduate assistant, both of the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska, to strategize and develop the summit. This year will be the fifth CYN Summit with the goal to energize, develop and retain talented individuals in our communities.

“The energy and enthusiasm is contagious and I’m proud to have the opportunity to work with exceptional individuals from both the host community team in York and the CYN steering team,” says Kayla Schnuelle, CYN network coordinator.

The communities that applied for the summit were Alliance, Broken Bow, Columbus, Norfolk, Ord, West Point and York.

“This has been the best set of applications that we have received,” said Schnuelle. “It is incredible how diverse the community planning teams were this year and how much energy the applications exuded.”

In the application for the summit, York shared many ideas which will bring fresh ideas to the agenda.

“The summit bid has brought new excitement to the city of York and the chamber team.  We are truly looking forward to welcoming the CYN participants and leaders to our community,” says Rhonda Veleba Main Street Coordinator and member of the Host Community Planning Team, York, Neb.

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on the 2016 Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit by visiting and following the network on Twitter and Facebook.

Generous support for the 2016 summit is provided in part by the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska along with various business and community partnerships. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact Kayla Schnuelle at or 402.472.2935.

2016 Water for Food Global Conference

Water for Food Global Conference will focus on public-private partnerships to achieve water, food security

Registration is open now for the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference organized by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska. The conference will be held April 24-26 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. A discount of $100 is available to those who register on or before March 18. Conference details, including how to register, are available at

The conference brings together experts from around the world to discuss advances in science, technology and policy to help address one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century: how to achieve greater food security with less pressure on water resources.

This year’s theme is “Catalytic Collaborations: Building Public-Private Partnerships for Water and Food Security,” focusing on the powerful impact that can be achieved through public-private partnerships (PPPs) in water for food research, technology and project development.

The conference features a mix of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, side events and workshops representing different voices in PPPs. There will also be various special events to facilitate networking among participants, including a workshop on smallholder irrigation in Africa co-convened with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and KickStart; the world premiere of “Thirsty Land,” a documentary feature film; a student poster competition; photography competition and exhibit; farm-to-table dinner and closing reception with live music.


Session topics:

  • Irrigation research and technology for smallholder farmers, including remote sensing and apps that help farmers target water usage to maximize yields
  • Agricultural solutions in both crop development and management; and livestock
  • Information technology to improve water and agricultural productivity
  • Food processing advancements to reduce water use in the food and beverage sector
  • Mitigating the effects of climate change on water and food security and public health
  • The rapidly-growing agricultural entrepreneurship ecosystem and its role in PPPs


Plenary speakers:

  • Hank Bounds, president, University of Nebraska
  • Melissa Ho, managing director, Africa at Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Martin Fisher, co-founder and CEO, KickStart
  • Patricia Mulroy, senior fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute and former general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District
  • Jeff Raikes, co-founder, Raikes Foundation and Water for Food Institute board chair
  • Executive director-designate, Water for Food Institute
  • Sally Rockey, executive director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research – Closing Keynote and Heuermann Lecture


Registration fees:

  • Early registration runs through March 18: $450
  • Regular registration runs March 19 to April 15: $550
  • Registration for university faculty and staff: $250


The previous conference in Seattle, Washington attracted more than 250 practitioners, scholars, farmers and thought leaders from 23 countries. This year, the conference will return to Nebraska.

Roberto Lenton, founding executive director of the Water for Food Institute, said the international event is a key part of the institute’s efforts to provide educational outreach and facilitate partnerships beyond Nebraska.

“We look forward to holding the conference at Nebraska Innovation Campus for the first time, as well as hearing perspectives from speakers from around the globe who represent important facets of public-private partnerships, including those from NGOs, governmental groups, philanthropy, industry and academia,” he said. “The event provides an excellent forum to bring together diverse voices and to help catalyze change.”

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference by visiting and following the institute on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

Generous support for the 2016 conference is provided by the Robert. B. Daugherty Foundation, the University of Nebraska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Syngenta. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact Rachael Herpel at or (+1) 402.472.4977.


2016 Water for Food Global Conference Video

2016 Housing Innovation Marketplace Conference Brochure

2016 Housing Innovation Marketplace conference brochure is available!

The conference brochure is now available for download at or you can click here to view it immediately.  Check out the agenda for all our fantastic session topics!

Continuing education credits are pending from the Nebraska Real Estate Commission, the State of Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy, and the Nebraska Judicial Branch.  Continuing education credits are available for the Nebraska Board of Mental Health Practice.

Register before February 14th to get the $125 registration fee AND don’t forget to post a selfie on either our Twitter (@NIFAHousing) or Facebook (NIFAHousing) page to receive an additional $25 discount!

RESERVE your room!  NIFA has secured a block of rooms at a discounted rate available until 2/29/16.

Tree Care Workshops


Tree Care Workshops, Registration Now Open

Developed specifically for public works employees, landscape managers, tree board volunteers, arborists, nursery and green industry professionals and landscape enthusiasts, these workshops cover emerging issues in tree and landscape care.

Register Now

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Tree Inventories
  • Emerald Ash Borer
  • Planting with a Purpose
  • Trees and the Four Seasons
  • Adapted Trees vs. Tree-adapted environments

Locations and Dates:

  • Scottsbluff, March 1
  • North Platte, March 2
  • Ord, March 3
  • south Sioux City, March 10
  • Hastings, March 22
  • Lincoln, March 23
  • Bellevue, March 24

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Participants can earn CEUs from the International Society of Arboriculture and Nebraska Arborist Association.

The Tree Care Workshops are presented by the Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.