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Schedule of Events:


Graze Master Group Field Day: 

Paths to Profitability

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Denton Community Center

7115 Lancaster Ave., Denton, NE. 68339

Schedule of Events:


8 to 9 a.m. Arrive at Brian Brhel’s outside Denton, Neb. for Field Day Tour


9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Brian Brhel, farmer and cattle producer laser-focused on soil health practices.  Brhel is implementing cover crops, unique crop rotations, regenerative grazing and more! Also presenting will be Zack Smith with his impressive invention – the Stock Cropper, “Stock cropping is a regenerative agricultural system that raises row crops in conjunction with multiple species of livestock simultaneously in the field.”   


11 a.m. Travel to Denton Community Center 

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch and speakers:  Rosalie Hillmer of Hillmer Feed & Supply and presentation of the “Nebraska Marine Daegan William-Tyeler Page Defending the Soil Memorial Award.” 


1 to 1:45 p.m. -

Vance McCoy – Owner, Triple Creek Cover Crops and Nebraska farmer will present: “The Power of an Honest Answer - Changing Practices to Change the Future.” He will discuss topics such as:

  • The good, bad, and ugly of transitioning to more responsible use of resources.

  • The “how to’s” and “how not to’s” when improving soil health.

  • How a mindset shift is one of the most important aspects of changing your farm/ranch. 


1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Dr. Nick Ward – President, Ward Laboratories


2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 - 3 p.m. Farm Legacy Planning with Kirk Peterson and Vance Heyer of Peterson Asset Protection Group. 


3 to 3:45 p.m. Profitability panel featuring:  Clay Craighton – Agoro Carbon, Del Ficke – Ficke Cattle Company, Nate Belcher – Hybrid85 and Scott Heinemann, Nebraska regenerative farmer. 


3:45p.m. Break   


4 to 4:30 p.m. Get to know our event supporters. 


4:30 to 4:45 p.m. Pastor Christopher Maronde – The Lutheran Institute of Regenerative Ag  


4:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closing comments from Del Ficke and Kerry Hoffschneider, co-founders of the Graze Master Group. 

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