Agenda 2019

2019 Conference Agenda - tentative


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pre-conference Workshops (optional)

Introduction to QuickBooks
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn
Cost: $25

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. Laptopswill be provided for workshop participants.


1:30–4:30 p.m.

Pre-conference Workshops (optional)

Advanced QuickBooks
1:30–4:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn
Cost: $25

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
1:30–4:30 p.m., Highland Community College, Wamego campus
Cost: $25 (includes transportation)

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?
1:30–4:30 p.m., Highland Community College, Wamego campus
Cost: $25 (includes transportation)

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 9:45 a.m. Friday)
8:30 a.m.

Welcome and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

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

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. 

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Networking Session

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

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

Business Managers - Konza Prairie
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.

3:15-4:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Visit vendors, Silent Auction continues - Conference Center Foyer

Networking Reception - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

5:00–7:00 p.m.

Dinner on your own or in small groups




Friday, February 8, 2019

7:30–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

Navigating Negotiations

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 4


10:45–11:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 5



Lunch and Keynote Speaker - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

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

2:00 p.m. Adjourn