Nebraska farmers interested in expanding or diversifying their operations are invited to the two-day Nebraska Cattle Confinement Symposium scheduled for Dec. 16 and 17 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

Put on by Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN), Nebraska Cattlemen, Central Confinement Service of Columbus, and Accu-Steel of Audobon, Iowa, the event will feature expert producers and suppliers.

Topics include facility design and ventilation considerations, financing a new facility, trends in cattle markets, vet protocols, and managing nutrition. Two sessions will provide virtual barn tours and producer panel discussions.

“Many area farmers are considering diversifying their operations because of the trend in declining row crop income amid surplus foodstuffs, as well as the increasing cost of land ownership,” said Will Keech, AFAN director of livestock development. “Others are looking for ways to strengthen their operations so younger family members will be able to run the farm into the future.

“The purpose of this symposium is to provide farmers with key information and insight they need to decide whether to add a cattle confinement component to their operation.”

The event will conclude with the cattlemen’s lunch featuring guest speaker Matt Rush, the “inspirational speaker and farm boy.”

Talks run from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the next day. Tickets are $55 each. Early bird tickets are available for $35 for those who register online prior to Dec. 1 at

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