The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar is an annual event hosted by the partnership. This venue allows agriculture producers, researchers, and natural resource professionals an opportunity to come together to learn about the partnership, conservation opportunities, and new research findings.
Landowners, agricultural producers, conservation professionals, congressional staff, researchers, and students gathered for a day of education and networking about conservation in Nebraska. The 24th annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar was held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Ramada Midtown Grand Island (the former Hotel Grand Conference Center) in Grand Island, Nebraska. The Seminar ran from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the exhibit hall open and check-in available starting at 8:30 a.m. The schedule is here.
The presentations were designed to be highly informative and useful. Participants learned about conservation funding opportunities, programs that combine wildlife and habitat conservation with agricultural and livestock production, successful wetland management techniques, methods for grazing cattle while enhancing wetlands, and much more.
The seminar was free for landowners and operators. For all others, a $40 fee covered registration, lunch, coffee/tea/snacks, and a conference. Mark Vrtiska, Waterfowl Program Manager for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, delivered a plenary address on integrating social information (i.e., human dimensions) into Joint Venture goals and planning. This was followed by concurrent sessions on three tracks – providing something for everyone! And, the annual RWBJV Habitat Stewardship Awards were announced during lunch with Little Blue NRD receiving the 2019 Conservation Partner of the Year Award, Shanda Spurgeon the recipient of the 2019 Conservation Professional of the Year Award, and Dale Seidel awarded the 2019 Landowner Stewardship Award.
To view pdfs of the presentations, click below. To hear about what the conference participants valued about the conference, click here.