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.
Regular YF&R Registration
Late YF&R Registration
(onsite registrations accepted as space and meals counts allow)
Lodging and all other meals are the responsibility of the attendee or their county Farm Bureau.
County Coordinator Resources:
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.
Price (tax not included)
Contact & Block Name
|Hilton Garden Inn||$111||785-532-9116 - "Young Farmers & Ranchers"||December 30|
|Candlewood Suites Manhattan||$99 / $109||785-320-7995 - "Young Farmers & Ranchers"||January 6|
|Fairfield Inn||$104||785-539-2400 - "Young Farmers & Ranchers"||December 27|
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites||$99 / $104||785-320-7454 - "KS YFR"||January 10|
|Bluemont Hotel||$95||785-473-7091 - "Young Farmers & Ranchers"||December 28|
|Parkwood Inn & Suites||$79.95||785-320-5440 - "Young Farmers & Ranchers"||January 1|
From Friday to Sunday, this conference is packed with speakers, workshops, and opportunities to connect that you won't want to miss. Take a look at the tentative schedule below.
Friday, January 27
Collegiate Ag Career Lunch
Collegiate Ag Quiz Bowl
Collegiate FB Event
Hosted by K-State Collegiate Farm Bureau
Dinner On Own
YF&R Registration Open
First Time Attendee Info Session
Celebrate Local Agriculture Reception
featuring "From the Land of Kansas" products
Conference Kick-Off Event
ft. Mike Greim
Saturday, January 28
Business & Bacon
Workshops Round 1
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Ag Leaders Trade Show
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
YF&R Competitive Events
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Workshops Round 2
YF&R Networking Lunch
Workshops Round 3
YF&R Competitive Events
Ag Leaders Networking Break
Workshops Round 4
Evening On Own
Sunday, January 29
Sunday Morning Music & Devotions
Breakfast by Chris Cakes
Closing General Session
Speakers & Workshops
The 2017 conference will include keynote speakers on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, 16 workshops, and featured speakers and panels during lunch events. Check back often for updates as speakers are finalized.
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. www.JoleneBrown.com
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." stevegilliland.com
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-587-6000 x6108.