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      2020 Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Trade Show in Kearney

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      January 27, 2020

      Monday   8:00 AM

      416 West Talmadge Road
      Kearney, Nebraska 68845

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      2020 Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Trade Show

      The Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Trade show's purpose is to provide pertinent educational information to regional hop growers and craft brewers, to provide a platform for participants to build industry connections and relationships, and to provide the resources, skills and tools for participants to contribute to the Nebraska hop growing and craft beer industries. This 2-day educational event features nationally-recognized speakers on topics about connectivity, market trends, post harvest hop production, hop quality, yeast management, marketing and branding, brewing techniques, finance and sustainable growth, hopyard management, and research updates. A keynote address will kick off each day of the conference. Monday, January 27, features Mark Johnson and Sam Stecher.  You know that line in the theme song form the TV show Cheers "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name?" Mark and Sam are in the business of building the relationships to make that happen. Using the ideas and strategies that worked to convince students to turn homework in on time (not an easy sell), they help foster a sense of community in any setting. They give people the tools to engage with customers and coworkers on purpose and consistently. By validating value in the the people, the place, and the product they help you take where you are from a business to a community and a family.  Mark Johnson’s career in education spans over two decades, including serving as an elementary school teacher for 12 years before becoming a principal position. He received the Milken National Educator Award in 2004 as a teacher, and as a principal was a National Blue Ribbon Award winner in 2010. He was also named Outstanding New Principal of the Year for the state of Nebraska in 2011 and was recently served as the President for the NAESP in Nebraska. His passion for Education and Elvis knows no bounds. Sam Stecher has served as superintendent of East Butler Public Schools in Brainard, Nebraska since 2014. Sam got his start in education as a middle school history teacher. His passion for education led him to co-found Mission Monday with Mark Johnson. Mission Monday specializes in providing teachers, schools, and communities with interventions to foster a positive school culture. The educators also are authors of “It Happens in the Hallway,” a dynamic account of their experiences in the classroom. On Tuesday, Julia Herz of the Brewers Association will present the State of Craft Brewing and Overview of Brewers Association Initiatives and Resources. Julia’s contributions to the craft beer industry are innumerable. While her official title is Craft Beer Program Director at the Brewers Association (publisher of, she wears many hats and has become one of the most influential advocates and thought leaders in the craft beer industry. A networking reception will be held on Monday, January 27, from 5:30-7:30 pm and will feature beer from breweries throughout Nebraska. To sponsor the conference or exhibit at the trade show, please complete the following form:  For the full schedule of speakers, please visit 

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