Check back for updates. 2018 agenda information will be available in early November.
2017 Conference Agenda
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 (optional pre-conference events)
Tours of Hildebrand Farms Dairy and Liquid Art Winery
Cost: $35 (includes transportation)
Location: Participants meet at the west entrance of the conference center for departure at 1 p.m. Bus returns at 5 p.m.
The beauty of the Estate vineyard along with the 360-degree views of the Flint Hills and Manhattan are breathtaking. It is something worth sharing and we want to enjoy it with you over a nice glass of wine. Save the date for a unique experience found no where else in Kansas.
From grass to glass, the Hildebrand Farms Dairy family shares the full cycle of their glass-bottled milk product. The Hildebrand Family has been selling their milk directly to their customers since 2008 and in the process has given hundreds of tours to thousands of individuals from all over the world. The on-site farm stores sells their fresh, glass bottled milk in addition to various other locally produced Kansas products. The walking tour of the farm goes through each step of milk production and provides the details of life day-to-day on Hildebrand Farms Dairy. The tour details: nutritional importance of good feed, how the feed is grown, calving, milking and finally processing and distributing the end product. Often visitors can witness the milk being pasteurized and bottled. Hildebrand Farms Dairy host an open house each October they've dubbed their Harvest Festival. The one-day event draws more than 2,500-3,000 guess throughout the day and is yet another opportunity for the Hildebrand family to educate and advocate for the dairy industry.
Harnessing the Power of Excel
Cost: $25. Pre-registration is required. Limited to 20 participants.
Presenter: Rich Llewelyn - Extension Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University
This hands-on workshop will help participants to better utilize the power of Excel spreadsheets. Participants will work on five different exercises in Excel designed to develop skills in mathematical calculations and formulas, including equations for break-even prices and yields and using "what if" analysis. They will also learn to use "Sum," "Sumproduct," "PMT" and "If" functions, link information from other spreadsheets, and create and use look-up tables.
This workshop is entirely hands-on, and attendees will use Excel to create four different spreadsheets, including estimation of machinery costs, budgeting and enterprise analysis, calculating principal and interest payments, and analysis of livestock economics. Participants will easily and confidently learn Excel skills by executing them in an interactive setting.
Laptop computers will be provided for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.
A Farmer's Guide to Quickbooks
Cost: $25. Pre-registration is required. Limited to 12 participants.(Session is full.)
Presenter: Mark Dikeman - Economics and Coordinator of Professional Development and Training, Kansas Farm Management Association, Kansas State University
Computers will be provided for session participants.
This session will provide participants a hands-on introduction to QuickBooks as a farm business bookkeeping program. Participants will receive a printed manual and will be given examples that will allow them to create a sample farm company file, add bank accounts and loans, enter checks and deposits, work with bills (accounts payable), and create and manage invoices. Participants who complete the session should be equipped to begin using QuickBooks in their farm bookkeeping.
Maximizing Productivity with Ag Technology
Cost: $25. Pre-registration is required.
|3:00-6:00p.m.||Exhibitor set-up - Conference Center Foyer|
|4:00-6:00p.m.||Registration and early check-in available - Conference Center Foyer|
Thursday, February 9, 2017
|7:30 a.m.||Registration Check-in and Continental Breakfast- Conference Center Foyer
Silent Auction opens (ends 9:45 a.m. Friday)
Welcome and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation
Straight Talk, Straight Actions: Agriculture in a Changing Economy
Presenter: David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech
“Straight Talk, Straight Actions” says it all in the title of this high energy, no-holds-barred approach session. Straight talk on the global economic trends that will impact your business bottom line and decision making will be presented in a manner that links global economics to your farming operation, family, and personal life.
Straight actions in business and financial decisions will be discussed as to what actions need to be taken to keep the business on course and also position it for new avenues of success. “Straight Talk, Straight Actions” will provide insight and answers to the most common questions asked by producers, owners, and managers. This energetic session will provide information and perspectives which will be invaluable not only to your business but also your personal life.
Breakout Session 1
Quickbooks Top 5 Tips for Effective Bookkeeping / Top 5 Tax Tips - McDowell
Financial Opportunities in Specialty Crop Production - Tuttle
Incorporating Yoga into Our Everyday Lives - Alcove
Meals for Harvest - Flint Hills
Keys to a Successful Landowner-Tenant Relationship - Kings
Production/Finance Protection with Crop Insurance - Konza Prairie
Breakout Session 2
The Global Food Security Challenge: Protecting Plant Systems to Keep People Healthy - McDowell
FSA Farm Loan Opportunities - Tuttle
Mending Fences through Communication, Relationship Building and Timely Resources - Alcove
Conflict: A Fairy Tail - Flint Hills
Trends in Agricultural Values and the Fundamental Reasons Why - Kings
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - Konza Prairie
Lunch and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation
Positioning for Success
Presenter: David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech
Now, three years into the economic reset, what’s around the corner and down the road with the global and domestic economy, land values, cash rents, and the overall bottom line? This session will examine the economic and financial picture of both short and long run. What are the adjustments producers and lenders must make to position for success. A new look at burn rate not only on working capital but also on core land equity will be provided along with trends that will impact the industry now and by 2025. Also, find out how to be a better borrower in these economic times. Come with your questions to this high energy session that will get you prepared for one of the most critical periods in agriculture.
Agriculture Partners - McDowell
Independent Agriculture Producers - Tuttle
Agriculture Helpers - Alcove
Absentee Landowners - Flint Hills
Agriculture Industry Career Women - Kings
Business Managers - Konza Prairie
Homefront Heroes - Big Blue River
Breakout Session 3
Knife Skills 101 / Freezer Meals - McDowell
Positioning for Success During the Downturn in the Ag Economy - Tuttle
Saving the Family Barn - Alcove
Economics of Reproduction - Cow/Calf - Flint Hills
Making Good Marketing Decisions - And How to Do It - Kings
Farm Service Agency (FSA) Price Support Options - Marketing Assistance Loans/Loan Deficiency Payments/Commodity Certificate Exchanges - Konza Prairie
|4:15-5:00 p.m.||Visit vendors, Silent Auction continues - Conference Center Foyer|
Dinner on your own/small groups
The Flint Hills Discovery Center, located across the street from the conference hotel, is offering extended hours on Thursday (open until 8 p.m.).
Optional evening activity for conference attendees:
Empower and Encourage - McDowell/Tuttle
Join cattle rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe and Chef Alli for an evening of fun, engagement, and empowerment! Get ready to laugh (and cry!) as these two crazy, no-nonsense women help you understand why there's never been a more important time for bringing everyone together around the dinner table for authentic conversations. Together, Debbie and Alli will bring insight and perspective to the importance of encompassing each of our own unique voices to share the story of agriculture, using simple, everyday things around us to do so. Your story of agriculture is being told. Are you the one telling it?
This event is hosted by Kansas Farm Bureau.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Breakfast and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation
Exploring Her Money Story
General Session Presenter: Kristy Archuleta, Program Director and Associate Professor, Personal Financial Planning, Kansas State University
This presentation will help you explore your feelings, attitudes, and values around money, how they were developed and what it means for your relationship with your significant other and family. Why does this matter? One of the top stressors for Americans today is finances (APA 2014), and one of the most intensively fought about issues in relationships is also money. Getting to know how you think and feel about money can help you understand why you do what you do with money. Believe it or not, your own money story has an impact on others around you and how financial decisions are made with your significant other and family.
Breakout Session 4
Health Care Choices - McDowell
The Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement: Helping the Green Industry Navigate the Challenges of Social Media - Alcove
Her Agriculture Business - Keeping it All in Balance! - Flint Hills
Visioning for Your Farm - Kings
Understanding Renewable Fuels in Today's Marketplace - Konza Prairie
Breakout Session 5
Nuts and Bolts of GMOs - McDowell
Conservation Client Gateway - Tuttle
Managing Self and Exercising Leadership in Challenging Times - Flint Hills
Am I Ready for E-Commerce? - Alcove
Advance Health Care Planning in Kansas - Kings
Lunch and Keynote Speaker - Big Basin/Kaw Nation
Discovering Your Rainbows: Future and Past
Presenter: Kriss Avery, Owner, Rainbow Sound, St. Louis, Missouri
Have you ever seen a rainbow so vibrant it takes your breath away? Amazing that its emergence depends on a storm.
Storms, rainbows...troubles, triumphs. Most of our lives happen in between our lows and highs in the context of culture. Culture helps us express ourselves and give meaning to our experiences. It shapes our values, gives us ways to ‘fit in’ our communities through the work we choose, the ideas we debate, the holidays we celebrate, even the people we hug...or not.
When we look back on our lives, our memories are entangled with a range of emotions: delight, pride, humor, pain. We open an old photo album, diary or memory box, and we are transported back in time. In a flash, we are reliving the good times, laughing and enjoying the ‘warm, fuzzy feeling’ in our hearts. Then, there are the struggles, especially those dreams that never worked out. Didn’t we learn from them; aren’t they worth honoring, too?
Nowadays, social media provides new ways to exchange memories, especially with the younger set. They respond with their latest selfie—it’s quick fun, and a great way to stay connected when we are far flung.
But, we ask, what do we want to preserve, for our own enlightenment or to pass along to our children and grandchildren so they know where they came from...especially their connection to farming and to the land? What precious stories can we coax from our elders? And what of our dreams, those future rainbows we envision, if only we can clear away the clouds?
Let’s sort through our big piles of life, and review both new and old ways to express, capture, archive, and share what makes life worth living. As we savor each moment, we uplift each other, knowing that “A day is not wasted when a memory is created.”