Thursday, February 8 ♦ Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, Topeka
Join Kansas Farm Bureau members from across the state in Topeka for Day at the Statehouse (DAS). This is your opportunity to learn about current legislative issues, advocate policy with lawmakers and participate in valuable conversations as we strive to be the Voice of Agriculture. Participants must register for the event.
What to Expect:
- Hear from and interact with elected officials
- Learn the most up-to-date information in agriculture policy
- Connect with other informed and engaged Farm Bureau members
- Learn about Farm Bureau's involvement in policy and politics
- Get the Kansas Capitol experience
- Take photos with your elected officials
Pick up conference materials and go through the breakfast buffet line.
Shawnee Ballroom Foyer
Hear from Kansas Farm Bureau leaders and elected officials.
Rep. Don Hineman - House Majority Leader
Breakout Session Round 1
-K-12 Funding - Sen. Carolyn McGinn, Rep. Blaine Finch
-Environmental Issues - Tom Stiles, KDHE; Josh Roe, KDA
Emerald 1 & 2
Breakout Session Round 2
-Kansas Politics 2018 - Rep. Ron Rychman
-Water Rights - John C. Peck, KU School of Law
Emerald 1 & 2
Get up-to-date information about agriculture-related issues important to the legislative session and Kansas Farm Bureau policy positions.
Depart for Capitol
Buses will provide transportation from the hotel to the Capitol (north side) and loop between the two throughout the afternoon.
Hotel: Capitol Plaza Hotel (1717 SW Topeka Blvd)
Capitol: Circle Drive, SW 8th Avenue, Ground Level, North Wing
Boxed lunches will be provided for attendees and legislators. Legislators will be invited to lunch by Kansas Farm Bureau, but attendees are encouraged to schedule meetings to ensure face time with your Senators and Representatives (see instructions below).
Capitol: 1st Floor, North Wing Rotunda
Legislative Meetings (scheduled on your own)
House & Senate Committee Hearings (1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) - topics and meetings rooms TBA
Capitol Tours (2:00 & 3:00 p.m.) - meet at the tour desk near security on the ground floor. Space is limited to 35-40 participants.
Senate Ag Staff Farm Bill Update (3:00-4:00 p.m.) - At the Kansas Board of Regents Office, 1000 SW Jackson #520
Session Spectator (TBA) - depending on the schedule for the day, the House or Senate may be in session. Visitors may observe from the respective gallery (entrances on the fourth floor; House - West Wing, Senate - East Wing).
Attendees may depart anytime in the afternoon as their schedule allows but the last bus back to the hotel will leave the Capitol at 4 p.m.
Circle Drive, SW 8th Avenue, Ground Level
There is a $35 registration fee to attend Day at the Statehouse(DAS). Registration includes the 7 a.m. legislative breakfast and lunch at the Capitol. Hotel accommodations and registration fee are the responsibility of the person/county attending, unless that person is a member of a KFB committee that will meet in conjunction with DAS. Click here to register! Registration deadline: January 17.
The morning meeting rooms will be located at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center (1717 SW Topeka Blvd). To make hotel accomodations, click here (no group code requried). Or, call the hotel directly at (785) 431-7200. Please mention you are part of Kansas Farm Bureau - Day at the Statehouse Meeting or use the group code KFB18. Registration deadline: January 17.
Share Your Experience!
Follow along and contribute to sharing KFB's Day at the Statehouse on Twitter with #KFBAdvocacy. Post a photo of yourself with your representative or senator using #KFBAdvocacy and #ksleg and be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
- Kansas Capitol Map
- KFB Action Alerts - sign up to get alerts through the mobile app, text or email when there is important news from Topeka and Washington, D.C.
- Kansas Farm Bureau Policy Book - policy positions written and voted on annually by Kansas Farm Bureau members
- American Farm Bureau Federation Policy Book - policy positions written and voted on annually by American Farm Bureau Federation members
Contact Cory Saunders, 785-587-6122 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.