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2019 Conference Agenda

Wednesday, February 6, 2019


Pre-conference Workshops (optional)

Introduction to QuickBooks (session is full)
Time: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Konza Prairie room, Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center
Cost: $25 (space is limited, pre-registration required)
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 (session is full)
Time: 1:30–4:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn
Location: Konza Prairie room, Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center
Cost: $25 (space is limited, pre-registration required)
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.

Explore Viticulture and Enology
Time: 1:30–4:30 p.m., Highland Community College - Wamego campus (transportation provided)
Cost: $25 (space is limited, pre-registration required.)
Visit the V&E program at Highland Community College to learn about vineyard agriculture and the production of wine!  This tour will include the following:

  • General overview of the program, how it started, student demographics, mission of the program
  • Viticulture overview including different grape varieties, vineyard planting, vineyard economics
  • Tour of the research vineyard, demonstration of vineyard equipment
  • Enology overview including winemaking process, wine types and styles, winery economics
  • Tour of winery, sensory activity, and wine tasting

Why is Precision Agriculture Technology Important?
Time: 1:30–4:30 p.m., Highland Community College - Wamego campus (transportation provided)
Cost: $25 (space is limited, pre-registration required)
Participants will tour the Precision Ag programs at Highland Community College and learn the many ways GIS and GPS systems are being used, along with both current and emerging technologies.  Participants will explore the mobile classroom laboratories and see technology in action with such tasks as spraying, soil sampling, planting, and crop sensing and imaging 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 7, 2019

All sessions will be in the conference center.

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

Welcome and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

The Food Police

Dr. Jayson Lusk, a food and agricultural economist who studies what we eat and why we eat it

In a time when many people call themselves food experts, Jayson Lusk takes a critical look at the politics behind food and agriculture. Lusk argues that the "food movement" is built on ever-greater government involvement in the nation's grocery stores and kitchens, and that consumers should be wary of who is redesigning their food system.

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

11:00 a.m.–Noon

Breakout Session 2


Noon–1:30 p.m.

Lunch and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

Designing the Future of the Farm — Estate Planning to Make the Farm a Perfect Fit for the Next Generation

Attorney Stacey L J Seibel

Family Farms, like people, come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are large operations and some small. Some family farms have many family members who depend upon the farm for their livelihood and future. While other family farms may have only one clear family member as the successor. In some family farms, the next generation wants to work together and keep the farm owned as a unit. While in other family farms, it may be best to distribute specific land to specific beneficiaries. Estate planning to effectively pass the farm to the next generation must be tailored to each family’s unique goals and desires. Estate planners use tools, such as LLCs and Trusts, to be able to achieve the custom results needed by the family. In this presentation, Stacey Seibel will explore different family farm scenarios and the pros and cons of different estate planning options -- all with the goal of achieving the perfect estate planning fit. 

1:30-2:00 p.m.

Dessert and Visit Vendors/Exhibitors - Conference Center Foyer

2:00–3:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

  • Kansas Agritourism - Your Next Cash Crop (Ron and Chris Wilson, Lazy T Ranch) - Kings
  • Alternative Private Health Insurance (Kevin Herbel, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, and Dr. Mikki Minocha, BlueFire Med) - Konza Prairie
  • Farm Income Taxation Update (Mark Dikeman, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University) - Tuttle
  • What Can FSA Offer You? Farm Service Agency Programs (Nicole Welborn, USDA Farm Service Agency) - Alcove
  • Food Safety for Farmers, Market Vendors and Produce Growers (Adam Inman and Carly Tyler, Kansas Department of Agriculture) - McDowell
3:15-4:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 4

  • The Emotional World of Conflict (Victoria Smith, Smith Mediation and Consulting) - Konza Prairie
  • Balance for Dual Career Women/Working Wife (panel) - Kings
  • Farm Income Taxation Update (Mark Dikeman, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University) - Tuttle
  • Soul Sisters Working the Land (JohnElla Holmes, Kansas Black Farmers Association) - Alcove
4:30–5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception and Roundtables - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

Agriculture Partners
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
A woman who manages the farm largely by herself.

Agriculture Helpers
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
A woman who owns farmland but is not involved in day-to-day farm production activities.

Agriculture Industry Career Women
A woman who works in agriculture indirectly through professional service.

Business Managers
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.


On your own or dinner in small groups

Friday, February 8, 2019

7:30–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet available from 7:30-8:30 a.m. - Conference Center Foyer

General Session (8:00 a.m.) - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

Managing Your Landowner Relationship

Dr. Mykel Taylor, Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University

Agricultural land leases are some of the most important business dealings we encounter in production agriculture. Dr. Taylor will draw from her research and extension programs to offer economics-based strategies for improving lease negotiations and the relationships between landowners and tenants.

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Breakout Session 5

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 6

  • Alternative Private Health Insurance (Kevin Herbel, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University; Susie Latta, K-State Research and Extension; Jodi Oleen, Jodi Oleen Consulting) - Konza Prairie
  • USDA Crops and Livestock (Rich Llewelyn, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University) - Flint Hills
  • Free Trade Makes Society Better Off (and Trade Agreements have been Great for Ag) (Mark Nelson, Director of Commodities, Kansas Farm Bureau) - Kings
  • Sharpening Your Weed Identification Skills (Kevin Donnelly, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University) - McDowell
  • Crop Insurance and Revenue Protection (Maryann Peak, Frontier Farm Credit) - Tuttle
  • There's More to an Estate Plan than a Will or Trust (Clay Simons, Kansas Farm Management Association, Kansas State University) - Alcove

Lunch and Keynote Speaker - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

The Family Farm Table: Connecting with Each Other

Amanda Freund, a third generation family farmer who manages three farm businesses — a dairy farm, a farm market and bakery, and their value-added product, CowPots

Our family’s farm table is the center. It’s where we celebrate holidays, place commodity orders, and review balance sheets. Whether it’s cluttered with this week’s mail or set for a family dinner; our farm table is where we have a chance to reconnect with each other. It is also the place that can connect us with consumers as they rely on us to produce food and fiber to put on their own family’s table. Sharing funny, quirky, frustrating and heartfelt stories from my family’s table; we’ll talk about finding the farm/life balance and the connections we all need to keep farming.

2:00 p.m. Adjourn