Neighbors Helping Neighbors Field Day @ Green Acres Cover Crops and Ficke Cattle Company – Graze Master Genetics research farm
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For Immediate Release:

(402) 363-8963


May 7:  Neighbors Helping Neighbors Field Day

Farmers, ranchers and the public invited to research farm outside Pleasant Dale, Neb.


PLEASANT DALE, Neb. – Green Acres Cover Crops and Ficke Cattle Company – Graze Master Genetics are excited to announce their first-ever field day on Saturday, May 7 starting at 3 p.m. at a new research farm operated by both entities located at 873 182nd Road outside Pleasant Dale, Neb.  The day is all about learning, fellowship and great food.  The event will conclude with a time for networking at a Graze Master burger supper hosted by Del and Brenda Ficke and Nate and Rebecca Belcher.


“We are inviting anyone interested to come out and see a variety of cover crops growing on our pastures and crop fields as well as witness first-hand how these crops can be beneficial to cattle and other livestock,” said Del – whose family has lived at the research farm location for more than five generations and has been practicing conservation practices such as no-till, cover crops and ultra-high-density grazing for several decades.  “It’s all about neighbors helping neighbors, sharing what’s working, what’s not and some groundbreaking and historic practices that are beneficial to both the environment and the bottom line.”


“We want to share what we’ve been learning working with farmers and livestock producers across Nebraska and this region regarding the benefits of cover crops on soil health and animal nutrition,” said Nate, who is the visionary behind Green Acres Cover Crops and an agronomic expert regarding the benefits of a healthy web of soil microbiology both above and below ground.  “At the research farm we are trying some diverse varieties – everything from oats, peas, millet to some seeds not so often heard of such as hairy vetch and Sainfoin.  Del has a lot of insight regarding how farmers can start implementing some of these practices at a reasonable cost and without spending top-dollar on equipment and other tools needed.”


Doug Garrison, Area Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, who is also a farmer, cattle and chicken producer will also be sharing his first-hand knowledge regarding pasture health, testing for water and nutrients as well.  “The soil health boom is so exciting and it’s great to see so much of it led by progressive farmers and ranchers. The more I put the spade in the ground for tests across Nebraska, the more I confirm that we have not even scratched the surface on the potential out there and what the soil is capable of all across the state.  It really is about working together, sharing knowledge and making new friendships.”

Please RSVP for this event by calling, Kerry Hoffschneider – communications coordinator at (402) 363-8963 or email  You may also call Del Ficke at (402) 499-0329 or Nate Belcher at (402) 580-0015 with any additional questions. 


2016 Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference @ Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day

Shaped by volunteers from state agencies, farmer and rancher organizations, public power utilities, and higher education professionals since 2008, the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference is a two-day event that brings together people united by their passion for advancing Nebraska’s wind and solar industry.

They come to network, learn and be inspired by quality speakers and timely presentations. Over 500 people are expected to attend the 9th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in Lincoln on November 7-8, 2016. We encourage participants to take advantage of the early registration discounts. Industry related companies should also consider exhibiting at or sponsoring the event.


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Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

333 S 13th Street  |  Lincoln, NE


$114 + tax / per night

1 parking pass per guestroom

Deadline: October 8th, 2016

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Planning Committee


Adam Herink, John Hansen, Dan McGuire

Committee Members:

David Bracht, Gretchen Dolson, Danielle Jensen, Richard Lombardi, Tim Yager, John O’Connor,

David Rich, Michael Shonka, Kurt Stradley

Event Coordinator:

Nicole McDermott  |  402.637.4455  |

2016 Nebraska Farmers Union Convention @ Columbus Ramada Inn and River’s Edge Convention Center
Dec 9 – Dec 10 all-day