Tom Schwarz


Tom Schwarz is a life-long resident of Bertrand, Nebraska, USA. Mr. Schwarz received a certificate in agriculture from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and has 48 years of farming experience. He has served as a board member of the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, Nebraska Water Users, Inc., Central Water Users, and Phelps-Gosper Livestock Growers. He is currently serving as president of his county Farm Bureau board and has served on numerous state and national Farm Bureau committees, including the AFBF Organic Committee, the AFBF Hay and Forage Committee, and as the chair of the NEFB National Resources and Technology SLPC Committee. Mr. Schwarz also received a fellowship from the University of Nebraska LEAD program. He farms with his wife Linda and their daughter, Becky, who represents the sixth generation on the family farm. Their farm is unique to Southwest Nebraska in that they are almost entirely USDA Certified Organic. Their crop rotation varies by year, but has included yellow corn, blue corn, popcorn, white sorghum, soybeans, natto soybeans, field peas, oats, wheat, alfalfa, and assorted cover crops. As well as traditional row crops, the Schwarzes grow vegetables commercially in high tunnels, including tomatoes and peppers. Tom also began a commercial hay grinding business 28 years ago that still operates today. Additionally, the Schwarz family has a small cattle operation and have raised both conventional and USDA Certified Organic beef.

Presentation: Equipment Manufacturers or Software Companies? A Farmer's Right to Repair in this New Paradigm

Keynote Address: Tom Schwarz
Moderator: Kevin Hursh

Tuesday @ 11:15 in Grand Salon