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

Wednesday, Feburary 9th, 2022


Pre-conference Workshops (optional)

An Introduction to QuickBooks for Farm Recordkeeping- FULL
Time: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Big Blue River/Fort Riley rooms, Hilton Garden Inn
Cost: $25 (limited to 15 participants)
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 -FULL
Time: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: Big Blue River/Fort Riley rooms, 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.

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 10th, 2022

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

Welcome and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

The Intermission vs. the Finale: COURTENAY DEHOFF

Courtenay DeHoff is a cowgirl turned television personality, keynote speaker and podcast host. She has worked on-air in front of sold out crowds at sporting events inside Madison Square Garden and anchored live telecasts for national news networks.  From New York Fashion Week to the back of a horse, you never know where she’ll be reporting from next.

In 2020, DeHoff launched the global brand movement Fancy Lady Cowgirl ™  after struggling to fit the traditional cowgirl mold.  Drawing criticism from those in the very communities she was advocating for, she labeled herself a ‘Fancy Lady Cowgirl’ proclaiming you can be both a little fancy and a little ranchy.  The reaction to this self label was swift.  Women from all walks of life emerged and began sharing how they too uphold traditions of the West in unexpected ways.  Through storytelling and fashion Fancy Lady Cowgirl is working to bridge the gap between urban and rural cultures.

Her keynote addresses will leave you laughing and tearing up in one sitting.  You will walk away with a new understanding of what it means to be a cowgirl or cowboy and how you can embrace it in your own unique way.

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

Hackers & Phishing & Ransomware…Oh My! (Konza Prairie-A)
Dan Strom, Kansas Farm Bureau

Employee Management- Farms in Kansas (Konza Prairie-B)
Anna Stepanovic, Bob Kohman, Kevin Herbel, Kansas Farm Management Association

Insurance options for Cow/Calf Producers (McDowell) 
Jenny Ifft, K-State Agricultural Economics

Farm Rescue- Helping Families in Crisis (Alcove)
Lynne Hinrichsen, Farm Rescue

Cover "Croptions": What's the goal? (Tuttle) 
DeAnn Presley, K-State Agronomy

11:00 a.m.–Noon

Breakout Session 2

Farm Service Agency Farm Programs (Konza Prairie-A)
Carla Wikoff, Todd Barrows, Kansas Farm Service Agency

Financing a Farming & Ranching Operation (Konza Prairie-B)
Anna Young (Farm Credit), Janet Mercer (Denison State Bank), Josh Ridder (FSA)

Resilient Farms & Families – Tips on Managing Stress (McDowell) 
Will Stutterheim, Fort Hays State University

Best Practices for Selling Food Products Direct to Consumer and at Farmer Markets (Alcove)
K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Department of Ag.

Hiring H2A Workers (Tuttle) 
LaVell Winsor, K-State Farm Analyst

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Lunch and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

"Working Together For One Another" Moderator: Courtenay DeHoff

Women have long been valuable leaders in agriculture. They are often visible influences who create positive changes in their communities. For this panel, we will hear from women who serve in professional roles either in agriculture or industries related to agriculture. They are known for giving others a hand up and building community. Each, in their own way, are catalysts for change in their industries. While creating change, they bring other women along with them on their journey.


1:30-2:00 p.m.

Dessert and Visit Vendors/Exhibitors - Conference Center Foyer

2:00–3:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

Beef Demand: Trends during COVID-19 Pandemic & Future Considerations (Konza Prairie-A)
Glynn Tonsor, K-State Agricultural Economics

An Introduction to Soil Health & The Kansas Soil Health Alliance (Konza Prairie-B)
Mary Howell, Lucinda Stuenkel, Candy Thomas, Jennifer Simmelink, Kansas Soil Health Alliance

Q.P.R. (Question. Persuade. Refer) Suicide Prevention Training (McDowell) 
Shannon Spencer, Monica Walker, Rebecca McFarland, K-State Research and Extension

Recruiting Talent to Rural America (Alcove)

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

3:15-4:15 p.m.

Networking Reception and Roundtables 

Agriculture Partners (McDowell)
A woman who shares equal work, responsibilities, or decision-making on all aspects of the farm operation with her husband or other partner.

Independent Agriculture Producers (Tuttle)
A woman who manages the farm largely by herself.

Agriculture Helpers (Alcove)
A woman who participates in agricultural production mainly during the busy times (e.g., harvest, planting, and calving seasons). Main farm activities involve gofering and traditional household chores.

Absentee Landowners (Konza Prairie-A)
A woman who owns farmland but is not involved in day-to-day farm production activities.

Agriculture Industry Career Women (Konza Prairie-B)
A woman who works in agriculture indirectly through professional service.

Business Managers (Konza Prairie-C)
A woman whose main responsibilities are bookkeeping, information gathering, and financial decision-making, but whose husband or family member is the primary operator of the farm.

Homefront Heroes: Women with Family in the Military (Cottonwood)

A woman who has loved ones (e.g., spouse, siblings, children) currently serving in the Armed Forces.

4:30-7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own or in small groups
7:00-9:00 p.m.

"Belt it Out Bingo"- (Kaw Nation/Big Basin)

Entertainment and Hors-d'oeuvres


Friday, February 11th, 2022

7:15–8:30 a.m.

Breakfast buffet available - Conference Center Foyer

7:45–9:00 a.m.

General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

MECHANICS OF BUILDING A FARM LEGACY -Shannon L. Ferrell, Professor, Oklahoma State University


9:15–10:15 a.m.

Breakout Session 4

Farm Tax Update (Konza Prairie-A)
Chelsea Plummer, Kansas Farm Management Association

Basics of Grant Writing (Konza Prairie-B)
Dr. Sarah Diamond, S Diamond D Consulting LLC

Soils: The Foundation of Farming (McDowell) 
Matalyn E. Stark, USDA-NRCS

Agricultural Technology Impacts on Quality of Life of the Rural Household (Alcove)
Terry Griffin & LaVona Traywick, K-State Ag. Economics

Balance and Boundaries (Tuttle) 
Elma K McBroom, Mended Hearts Counseling

10:15-10:45 a.m. Visit vendors/exhibitors, Silent Auction ends at 10:45 a.m.
10:45–11:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 5

USDA Crop & Livestock Reports:  What, When, & Where (Konza Prairie-A)
Rich Llewelyn, K-State Ag. Economics

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes – Making Your Body More Comfortable while Working on the Farm (Konza Prairie-B)
Karin Rasmussen, Cassie Ramon, Kansas AgrAbility

Sharpening Your Weed Identification Skills (McDowell) 
Kevin Donnelly, K-State Dept. of Agronomy

Land Transition: What options are available for retirement, charitable and estate planning? (Alcove)
Lori Rogge, Gene Francis & Associates

Teaching Young People about Agriculture (Tuttle) 
Nancy Zenger-Beneda, Kansas Foundation for Ag. in the Classroom


Lunch and Closing Session Speaker - Big Basin/Kaw Nation


Tanner Ehmke will provide an outlook on macroeconomic issues including interest rates and COVID-19, the impacts on agricultural markets, and the outlook for the agricultural economy for 2022.

2:00 p.m. Adjourn