Conference will be held at Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan, KS

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023


Pre-conference Workshops (optional)

An Introduction to QuickBooks for Farm Recordkeeping
Time: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Alcove room, Hilton Garden Inn
Cost: $25 (limited to 15 participants - FULL)
This hands-on session will introduce participants to QuickBooks as a farm business record keeping program. Participants will receive a printed manual and will work with an example farm to learn how to add bank accounts, loans, vendors and customers as well as enter checks or deposits. Designed for a novice user, participants who complete this session will be ready to begin using QuickBooks for farm bookkeeping. Laptops will be provided for workshop participants.

Advanced QuickBooks
Time: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: Alcove room, Hilton Garden Inn
Cost: $25 (limited to 15 participants)
This QuickBooks session is intended for an experienced user who would like to learn more about using QuickBooks to managing their farm business. Participants will use a printed manual and an example farm to better understand accounts payable (bills), accounts receivable (invoices), and tracking inventory of raised or purchased agricultural products. Users should have prior experience with QuickBooks, as this session is not suitable for users new to the program. Laptops will be provided for workshop participants.

  Interactive Farm Safety Workshop
Time: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: KanEquip, Inc., 18035 US-24, Wamego, KS 66547
Cost: $25 (limited to 50 participants)
This session will talk safety with KanEquip technicians by providing hands-on experience to expand knowledge of equipment safety on large and small machinery. Additional programming will provide an introduction to designing a farm safety and emergency plan for your farm; and safety concerns that affect women on the farm. Bring some challenges that you face, and we will work together to solve them. 

Presenters: Tawnie Larson, Project Consultant, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Kansas State University and Lynne Hinrichsen, Development Officer for Farm Rescue

  The Future of Drones on Your Farm 
Time: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: Tuttle/McDowell, Hilton Garden Inn
Cost: $25 (limited to 50 participants)

If you have wondered about the business application of drones on your farm, ranch or in agriculture, this is the session for you! Presenters will discuss licensing (including ways to become licensed), ways to use data and the future of spraying, livestock management and touch on disaster management with drones.

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Exhibitor set-up - Conference Center Foyer
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration and early check-in available - Conference Center Foyer

Thursday, February 16th, 2023

7:30 a.m. Registration Check-in and Breakfast - Conference Center Foyer
Silent Auction opens (ends 10:45 a.m. Friday)
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation


There are many factors that lay the ground work for meaningful conversations – current events, parenting hacks, restaurant choices, etc. And all of that ‘small talk’ is essentially what leads to deeper, more meaningful conversations. Whether the discussion is focused on food, ranching or societal news, audience members will learn how thinking critically and having authentic conversations makes us all better in the long run.

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:30 -Noon

Extended Breakout Session 1

Calving School  (Flint Hills)
A.J. Tarpoff, Kansas State University - Associate Professor / Beef Extension Veterinarian

Crop Marketing (Konza Prairie B - C)
LaVell Winsor,  Kansas State University - Farm Analyst 

Diversification through Specialty Crops  (McDowell - Tuttle) 
Rebecca McMahon, Kansas State University - Extension Agent
Jay Sleichter, Jay's Jellies, Produce and More 
Hannah Ballard, Insurance Officer, Frontier Farm Credit

Noon - 1:00 p.m.

LUNCH - Networking Lunch 

Big Basin/Kaw Nation

1:00 - 2:00 p.m

Networking Sessions

Agriculture Partners (Kings B - C)
Independent Agriculture Producers (Flint Hills)
Absentee Landowners (Kings A)
Agriculture Industry Career Women (Konza B - C)
Business Managers (Tuttle - McDowell)
Homefront Heroes: Women with Family in the Military (Alcove)
Agiculture Helpers (Konza A)

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. BREAK
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 2

Low-Stress Cattle Handling in Working Facilities (Flint Hills)
A.J. Tarpoff, Kansas State University - Associate Professor / Beef Extension Veterinarian

Using Social Media to Build Trust with Grocery Shoppers About Farming (Konza B - C)
Brandi Buzzard, High Bar Cattle Company

Crop Insurance 101 (Alcove) 
Mike Scherer, Ag Risk Solutions

Improving Your Farm's Bottom Line through Soil Health (Tuttle - McDowell)
Jennifer Simmelink, Kansas Soil Health Alliance

A Cooperative's Role in a Rural Community (Konza A) 
Brandi Miller, President & CEO at Kansas Cooperative Council

Livestock Risk Protection (Kings B -C)
Hannah Ballard, Insurance Officer, Frontier Farm Credit

3:30 - 3:45 p.m. BREAK
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

Livestock Risk Protection (Kings B - C)
Hannah Ballard, Insurance Officer, Frontier Farm Credit

Kansas AgriTourism: What it is and How it Works (Konza A)
Kelsey Tully, Agritourism Manager

Ongoing Drought Considerations (Konza B - C) 
Kansas State University Research and Extension

Financing a Farming and Ranching Operation (Tuttle - McDowell) 
Commercial Bank/Farm Credit/FSA

Crop Insurance 101 (Alcove) 
Mike Scherer, Ag Risk Solutions

Sowing Seeds of Succession: Having the Right Team in Place for Your Farm or Ranch’s Future (Flint Hills) 
Panel of Professionals-The Trust Co, Stevens & Brand LLP, Varney & Associates, Office of Farm & Ranch Transitions

5:00-7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own or in small groups
7:00-9:00 p.m.

"The Fabulous Feud"- Dave Lewis (Big Basin/Kaw Nation)

Entertainment and Hors-d'oeuvres


Friday, February 17th, 2023

7:15 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

ANTONINA BROYAKA, War in Ukraine & Global Food Security - Kansas State University

From September 1998 to March 2022, Broyaka carried out scientific and educational activities at the Vinnytsia National Agrarian University, Ukraine, in positions including teaching assistant, senior lecturer, associate professor and vice-dean for research and dean of the faculty of economics and entrepreneurship. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Broyaka has moved to the United States and received refuge in Manhattan, Kansas. She is continuing research activity as an Extension Associate in the Agricultural Economics Department of Kansas State University on an issue of economic impact of Russian military aggression on Ukrainian agriculture and global food security.

9:15 - 9:30 a.m. BREAK
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 4

The Secrets to Eliminating Stress (Flint Hills)
Adrienne DeSutter, Sow Hope Grow Hope

Making Marketing Part of your Daily Routine (Tuttle - McDowell)
Lexi Wright, Back Pocket Social Marketing 

Soils: Identifying agronomically important weeds in Kansas (Kings B - C) 
Sarah Lancaster, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Kanssas State University

Integrating small ruminants into Livestock and Cropping Systems (Alcove)
Jennifer Carr, Harper County Research and Extenstion

GROW your message, GROW your influence (Konza A) 
Janet Bailey, CEO, Kansas Dairy Association, Maddy Meier, Director of Programs, Kansas Grain Sorgum

Starting the Conversation of the Future of the Farm (Konza Prairie B - C) 
Ashlee Westerhold , Director, Office of Farm and Ranch Transition - Kansas State University

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. BREAK Visit vendors/exhibitors, Silent Auction ends at 10:45 a.m.
11:00 - Noon

Breakout Session 5

Starting the Conversation of the Future of the Farm ( Konza Prairie B - C) 
Ashlee Westerhold , Director, Office of Farm and Ranch Transition - Kansas State University

Keeping Our Little Ones Safe on the Farm (Konza A)
Tawnie Larson, Project Consultant, Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department - Kansas State University

Direct Marketing Foods in Kansas (Flint Hills) 
Karen Blakeslee, Coordinator, Rapid Response Center - Kansas State University

Climate Smart Farming (Kings B - C)
Tim Lust, CEO of National Sorghum Producers  

Making Marketing Part of your Daily Routine (Tuttle - McDowell)
Lexi Wright, Back Pocket Social Marketing  

Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and General Session Speaker - Big Basin/Kaw Nation


With smirks and satire, “Sow Hope Grow Hope” takes you on a playful journey of self-discovery. Adrienne’s message reminds you that your growth is greatest when YOU are holding the measuring stick. And when you hit your peaks, so does everyone around you. 
2:00 p.m. Adjourn