2017 YF&R Leaders Conference

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Explore agriculture as a lifestyle, not just a career at the 2017 Kansas YF&R Leaders Conference in Manhattan on January 27-29. Join more than 500 young men and women from across the state to connect with industry resources, network with peers and be inspired by speakers.  The weekend will focus on giving you the business and financial tools necessary to build a solid foundation for your operation, family and legacy and additional content options will cover commodity-specific, regulatory, policy, leadership and current agricultural trend issues. Talk to your county board or coordinator about attendance and sponsorship opportunities today!


The  Manhattan Conference Center, located in downtown Manhattan, Kansas, will be the host of this year's conference. With comfortable and spacious meeting rooms, easy access from I-70 and Hwy 24, and a location convenient to top-notch hotels and restaurants, this venue is the ultimate place for attendees to meet and connect in Manhattan.


Registration is closed. If you would like to attend, but haven't been registered, please contact 


Kansas Farm Bureau has blocked rooms at several area hotels with affordable, negotiated rates. Full details for KFB room block options can be found here.

Hilton Garden Inn 785-532-9116
Candlewood Suites Manhattan785-320-7995
Fairfield Inn785-539-2400
Holiday Inn Express & Suites785-320-7454
Bluemont Hotel785-473-7091
Parkwood Inn & Suites785-320-5440


From Friday to Sunday, this conference is packed with speakers, workshops, and opportunities to connect that you won't want to miss. Find the conference program here

Featured Speakers

The 2017 conference will include keynote speakers on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, 16 workshops, and featured speakers and panels during lunch events.

Saturday Keynote

Jolene Brown

Jolene Brown is a walking-talking spokesperson and champion for the people of agriculture.  She's a farmer, author and professional speaker. Jolene's from West Branch, Iowa and her worldwide audiences appreciate her fun-filled spirit and valuable information. She's on a mission to share leading-edge best practices, appreciation, laughter and celebration to increase productivity, profitability and peace of mind.

Sunday Keynote

Steve Gilliland

A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Presenting to over 250,000 people a year, more than two million have now heard him speak, with audiences encompassing nearly three dozen industries. Steve has the distinction of speaking in all 50 states and in 15 countries. As one newspaper stated, “Steve is what happens when the humor of a stand-up comic collides with the inspiration of motivational speaker." 

Competitive Events

This year, the YF&R Conference will feature five competitions for collegiate and YF&R members, including:

  • YF&R of the Year Award
  • Excellence in Agriculture Award
  • YF&R Discussion Meet
  • Collegiate Discussion Meet
  • Collegiate Ag Quiz Bowl

Click here to learn more about these opportunities to have fun, be recognized, receive cash prizes and win a trip to a future AFBF event.

District Dinners

On Saturday evening, each district will gather for dinner at a local restaurant. Meet your YF&R Committee representative, KFB Board representative, district administrator and other engaged YF&R members from your area. Reservations for each district will be made at area restaurants for 6:00 p.m. After dinner, the evening is free to spend on your own in Manhattan. The cost of dinner will be the responsibility of each attendee unless otherwise communicated.

  • District 1: Mr. K's Cafe (3901 Vanesta Drive)
  • District 2: Tallgrass Taphouse (320 Poyntz Ave)
  • District 3: La Fiesta (2301 Tuttle Creek Blvd)
  • District 4: AJ's NY Pizzeria (301 Poyntz Ave)
  • District 5: Kite's Bar & Grill (615 North 12th)
  • District 6: RC McGraw's Bar & Grill (2317 Tuttle Creek Blvd)
  • District 7: Carlos O'Kelly's (622 Tuttle Creek Blvd)
  • District 8: Throw Back Tavern (1344 Westloop Pl)
  • District 9 & 10: Rusty's (1213 Moro)


Offsite tours will be offered during the conference. Spots are limited and attendees will be able to pre-register online as tour information becomes available. Transportation will be provided and buses will leave from the East Hallway entrance of the conference center. This year's tours will visit:

  • Blueville Nursery
  • The Gardens at Kansas State University
  • K-State Vet Med Diagnostic Lab
  • KSU Grain Science & Industry
  • KSU Sheep & Meat Goat Center
  • Liquid Art Winery (must be 21 to attend)

Register for tours here.

Ag Leaders Trade Show & Sponsors

On Saturday, January 28, the conference will include a trade show featuring KFB partners, conference sponsors, member benefit organizations, and other groups relating to agriculture and the interests of YF&R members. If you're interested in purchasing a booth or sponsoring part of the conference, please contact Laton Dowling at or 785-587-6000 x6108.