Shelly has been directly involved in the ranching industry in the Sandhills of Nebraska for her whole life. Conservation-oriented stewardship of the land has always been a big priority for her because it improves the ecosystem for all that depend on it which helps improve wildlife and bird populations as well as the ranch’s bottom line. Shelly has a passion for helping others understand how conservation can help their ranch and for educating our youth about agriculture. Shelly also works as the Program Director for the landowner-led non-profit organization called the Sandhills Task Force which seeks to promote conservation and private profitable ranching. She is the Co-Director of the Nebraska Youth Range Camp and is active in the Society for Range Management, the Nebraska Prescribed Fire Council, and Nebraska Cattlemen. Shelly and her son Conley live near Broken Bow, Nebraska.