The County Presidents Conference will gather county Farm Bureau association leaders to:
  • Build relationships between peers leading county associations across the state.
  • Increase knowledge of Farm Bureau priorities, services, opportunities and support in order to elevate the success of local work and establish greater consistency in association governance and strategy.
  • Enhance the skills and capacity of county presidents as the foundation for high-functioning, efficient and effective county associations.



Registration for this event is closed. Please contact Edie Doane at or 785-587-6102.



Counties or individual attendees will be responsible for hotel arrangements and payment. KFB has negotiated rates at the following hotels for the conference.

 HotelPrice Booking Deadline Booking Instructions 

Fairfield Inn by Marriott

300 Colorado Street

 $107January 24  

Click Here to Book Online


Call 785-539-2400

Final Agenda

Tuesday, February 4
  Time  Event  Location
 3:30 PM

Optional KSU Beef Stocker Unit Tour

4330 Marlatt Ave, Manhattan
5:00 PM

Optional K-State Sports Facility Tour

Use Gate 5 on Kimball Avenue to enter the stadium parking lot, park near the Bill Snyder statue and enter the stadium through Gate B.

Bill Snyder Family Stadium West Stadium Center

2201 Kimball Ave, Manhattan

 5:30 PM

Registration & Networking Reception 

Cash Bar

West Stadium Center, Level 4
 6:30 PM

Presidents Appreciation Dinner

  • Welcome by Rich Felts, President of Kansas Farm Bureau
  • Invocation by George Pretz, KFB District 2 Board Member
  • Dinner
  • Leadership Lessons from the Booth with Wyatt Thompson, Senior Director of Sportscasting and Voice of the Wildcats, K-State Sports
West Stadium Center, Level 4
Wednesday, February 5

KSU Alumni Center, 1720 Anderson Ave

 8:00 AM

Opening Session

Vision 2020: Unpacking the KFB Strategic Plan

Banquet Room BC (First Floor)
 9:00 AM

KFB's Political Advocacy

Electing friends of Farm Bureau has never been more important. Learn your role in KFB’s grassroots-driven political advocacy process.

Banquet Room BC (First Floor)
 10:00 AM

Breakout Sessions: Round 1

  • Effective & Efficient: Best Practices for a Well-Run Board Meeting

    Nadine Sigle & John Forshee (K-State Research & Extension)

  • Stronger Together: Working with Your Local Farm Bureau Agent

    Valerie Krier (FBFS Agency Manager) and Leigh Ann Maurath (KFB District 10 Administrator)

  • Understanding Generational Differences & Using them to Your Advantage
  • Jordan Henry (American Farm Bureau)

Purple Pride Conference Room (Third Floor)

Lecture Room (Third Floor)

Tadtman Board Room (Second Floor)

 11:00 AM

Breakout Sessions: Round 2

Repeat Round 1  Sessions


Purple Pride Conference Room (Third Floor)

Lecture Room (Third Floor)

Tadtman Board Room (Second Floor)

12:00 PM

Lunch & General Session

  • Invocation by Steve McCloud, KFB District 4 Board Member
  • Lunch
  • A Legacy of Leadership: A panel of Farm Bureau leaders look back at where they found success, how they grew and what has mattered most in their career of leadership and service.
    • Panelists: Edie Dahlsten, Gary Doane and Jerry McReynolds
    • Moderator: Dale Maneth, KFB District 8 Administrator)
Banquet Room BC (First Floor)
 1:45 PM

Breakout Sessions: Round 3

  • Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Make Your County and Farm Thrive

    Panelists: Matt Jaeger (EGE Products & Jaeger Farms); Trent McKeeman (HitchPin); Jason West (Genzada); Moderator: Wendee Grady (Kansas Farm Bureau)

  • Finding Common Ground: Ag Leaders Sharing Across Commodity Lines

    Panelists: Dennis Hupe (KS Soybean Assoc.); Jesse McCurry (KS Grain Sorghum & KS Ag Alliance President); Dan Meyerhoff (KS Assoc. of Conservation Districts); Moderator: Rhonda McCurry (KFB District 4 Administrator)

  • Recalibrating for Regional Success: How Leaders Come Together to Find Ways for Everyone to Win
  • Tina Khan, Launch, LLC



Purple Pride Conference Room (Third Floor)

Lecture Room (Third Floor)

Tadtman Board Room (Second Floor)

 3:00 PM

Roundtables for County Success

Small group conversations to share resources, strategies, tools and ideas that will impact your personal leadership capacity and overall county effectiveness. Choose three to join.

  • Ag Ed Resources for Counties (Serita Blankenship)
  • Awards for Excellence - What County Presidents Need to Know (Debbie Hargrave)
  • Conflict Resolution around the Board Table (Ron Betzen)
  • Connecting with Consumers (Meagan Cramer)
  • County Boards & Political Campaigns: Dos and Don’ts (Mike Matson)
  • New Strategies for County Annual Meetings (and other activities) (Cory Saunders)
  • Reviving Your County Board (Matt McCabe)
  • Rural Health Association Questions & Activity Ideas (Erin Petersilie)
  • Why People Volunteer (Pam Dankenbring)
  • Working with Local Government (Rhonda McCurry)
Banquet Room BC (First Floor)
 4:00 PM

FB Talks

Short presentations relevant to every county president:

  • FB: United by Brand & Mission – Terry Holdren & Michelle Hubert
  • KFB Accounting: Why it Matters to County Leaders – Julie Schurle
  • County Farm Bureau Management & Resource Guide – Wendee Grady/Carol Sherley-Days
  • KFB Health Plans & Kansas Rural Health Association Update – Erin Petersilie
  • Best Practices for Grassroots Policy - Nancy Brown
Banquet Room BC (First Floor)
 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Banquet Room BC (First Floor)
 5:15 PM



*Agenda items are subject to change.




Contact Edie Doane at 785-587-6102 or for more information.