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Grazing for profit and biodiversity

The Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition and UNL Extension are teaming up to bring Paul Schwennessen to eight locations across Nebraska.

Paul and his wife, Sarah, own and manage the Double Check Ranch, a 12,000 acre holistically managed ranch near Winkleman, AZ. The Schwennesens believe that responsible, small-scale agriculture is a critical and currently, a largely missing key to a responsible economy.

They realize that managing land well can restore the biodiversity that our landscapes are losing at a frightening rate. They have a biological plan to manage their land holistically and all decisions are goal driven to ensure that they are socially, economically and environmentally sound.

They are dedicated to improving their watershed and share the ranch with a variety of wildlife. The Schwennesen’s have increased ranch profitability significantly through merchandising a natural grass fed beef product direct to the consumer. Paul is also an active Board member of the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance in conjunction with the Quivira Coalition.

Come, listen, and interact with Paul  as he discusses holistic grazing management and resource conservation, enhancing ranch profitability through “Direct to Consumer” sales, and protecting individual liberties for long term ranch sustainability.

Schwennessen will be at North Platte from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. To register and for more information, contact Randy Saner at 308-532-2683.

The cost is $15 which covers the meal. Preregistration is needed by April 1. Registrations will be taken until full.