Northwest Regional Director

Keith Berns

Keith Berns combines over 20 years of no-till farming with 10 years of teaching agriculture and computers. In addition to no-tilling 2,500 acres of irrigated and dryland corn, soybeans, rye, triticale, peas, sunflowers, and buckwheat in south central Nebraska, he also co-owns and operates Green Cover Seed, one of the major cover crop seed providers and educators in the United States. Through Green Cover Seed, Berns has experimented with over 100 different cover crop types and hundreds of mixes planted into various situations and has learned a great deal about cover crop growth, nitrogen fixation, moisture usage, and grazing utilization of cover crops. He was honored by the White House as a 2016 Champion of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture. Berns also developed the SmartMix CalculatorTM one of the most widely used cover crop selection tools on the internet. He has a master’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Nebraska and teaches on cover crops and soil health more than 30 times per year to various groups and audiences. Berns was also recently appointed by Nebraska Governor Pete Rickets to be the chairman of the Nebraska Healthy Soils Task Force.