2017 YF&R Leaders Conference

2017 YF&R Leaders Conference

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 Type




Regular YF&R Registration

  • Access to All Conference Content
  • Conference Kickoff Reception (Friday Evening)
  • Saturday Breakfast
  • YF&R Networking Lunch (Saturday Noon)
  • Sunday Breakfast

January 5


Late YF&R Registration

  • Access to All Conference Content
  • Conference Kickoff Reception (Friday Evening)
  • Saturday Breakfast
  • YF&R Networking Lunch (Saturday Noon)
  • Sunday Breakfast

January 5-18

(onsite registrations accepted as space and meals counts allow)


Collegiate Registration

  • Access to All Conference Content
  • Ag Careers Lunch (Friday Noon)
  • Conference Kickoff Reception (Friday Evening)
  • Saturday Breakfast
  • YF&R Networking Lunch (Saturday Noon)
  • Sunday Breakfast

January 18


Child Registration

  • Conference Kickoff Reception (Friday Evening)
  • Saturday Breakfast
  • YF&R Networking Lunch (Saturday Noon)
  • Sunday Breakfast

January 18


Lodging and all other meals are the responsibility of the attendee or their county Farm Bureau.

County Coordinator Resources:

Register Here


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
Booking Deadline
Hilton Garden Inn $111785-532-9116 - "Young Farmers & Ranchers"December 30
Candlewood Suites Manhattan$99 / $109785-320-7995 - "Young Farmers & Ranchers"January 6
Fairfield Inn$104785-539-2400 - "Young Farmers & Ranchers"December 27
Holiday Inn Express & Suites$99 / $104785-320-7454 - "KS YFR"January 10
Bluemont Hotel$95785-473-7091 - "Young Farmers & Ranchers"December 28
Parkwood Inn & Suites$79.95785-320-5440 - "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

12:00-1:30 PM

Collegiate Ag Career Lunch

1:30-3:30 PM

Collegiate Ag Quiz Bowl

3:30-5:30 PM

Collegiate FB Event

Hosted by K-State Collegiate Farm Bureau

5:30-6:45 PM

Dinner On Own

6:00-9:00 PM

YF&R Registration Open

6:45-7:15 PM

First Time Attendee Info Session

7:15-8:00 PM

Celebrate Local Agriculture Reception

featuring "From the Land of Kansas" products

8:00-10:00 PM

Conference Kick-Off Event

ft. Mike Greim 

Saturday, January 28

8:00-10:00 AM

Business & Bacon

10:15-11:15 AM

Workshops Round 1

11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Ag Leaders Trade Show

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Morning Tours

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

YF&R Competitive Events

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Workshops Round 2

1:00-2:30 PM

YF&R Networking Lunch

2:45-3:45 PM

Workshops Round 3

2:45-4:30 PM

Afternoon Tours

2:45-4:30 PM

YF&R Competitive Events

3:45-4:30 PM

Ag Leaders Networking Break

4:30-5:30 PM

Workshops Round 4

6:00-7:30 PM

District Dinners

7:30 PM

Evening On Own

Sunday, January 29

7:30-8:00 AM

Sunday Morning Music & Devotions

8:00-8:30 AM

Breakfast by Chris Cakes

8:30-10:00 AM

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.

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.


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 or 785-587-6000 x6108.