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      Conference on Sustainable Farming to be Held in Kearney this February

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      Farmers, ranchers and otheragriculture professionals will convene at the Younes Conference Center inKearney on Feb. 14 and 15 for the Healthy Farms Conference sponsored by TheNebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society.

      Speakers at the conferenceinclude Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the UnitedStates; Leigh Adcock, executive director of the Women, Food and Ag Network;Lindsey Shute, executive director of the National Young Farmers Coalition; andPaul Rohrbaugh, owner of Steinauer, Neb.'s Pawnee Pride Meats.

      Pacelle will discuss animalwelfare in agriculture production. Adcock will speak about the importance ofsupporting women farmers and ranchers. Shute will discuss the value ofsupporting youth in agriculture and what is needed to establish youth inagriculture. Rohrbaugh will lead a discussion aimed at defining sustainableagriculture, discussing which farming practices enhance sustainability andother topics.

      Breakout session will coverseveral other additional topics.

      "The Healthy Farms Conference providesa foundation for farmers and aspiring farmers to go back to their farms andcommunities and provide a quality of life for their families and communities,"said William Powers, executive director of the Nebraska Sustainable AgricultureSociety, based in Ceresco, Neb.

      The All-Nebraska Dinner onFriday, Feb. 14 will start at 5:30 p.m. and include a meal that features foodsgrown in Nebraska, a live auction and entertainment.

      For more information or toregister, go to www.nebsusag.org/conference.

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