Meagan Cramer





Nov. 4, 2016


Farmers and ranchers of Kansas Farm Bureau to meet in Manhattan


MANHATTAN, KAN. – More than 800 Farm Bureau members from across Kansas will gather in Manhattan Dec. 5-6 for their organization’s 98th annual meeting.


Held at the Manhattan Conference Center, the meeting will discuss public policy issues, craft Farm Bureau resolutions and workshops on water, markets, global trade and estate planning will be offered.


Speakers at this year’s meeting include American Farm Bureau Federation President Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, Keni Thomas, a former Army ranger and national spokesman for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation director of congressional relations.


The meeting begins Monday, Dec. 5, with the general session and a welcome by Kansas Farm Bureau President Rich Felts. Awards will follow including Friends of Ag and Natural Resources. Walmsley will address the recent GMO labeling battle that assured farmers’ access to biotechnology and future innovations in plant breeding.


The first round of workshops will begin at 9:45 and run through 10:30. Topics include water, agricultural markets, big data, advocacy, oil and gas development and holiday cooking.


At 10:45, the second round of workshops begin and include income tax and estate planning, global marketing, antibiotics and animal production, weather, an ag outlook and Farm Bureau participation opportunities.


The general session beginning at 1 p.m. Dec. 5 will feature county Farm Bureau awards for excellence, progress awards and leadership awards.


After the conclusion of the general session, the third round of workshops will begin at 2:45 and include conservation stewardship, a look at the new political climate, county ideas and resources, risk management, consumer’s perception of agriculture and a Kansas Department of Ag update.


The fourth and final workshop sessions will begin at 3:45 and include cattlemen to consumer relationships, the farm financial situation, farm management, soil science and GMO labeling.


During the evening banquet, 10 Kansas farm families will be recognized for their service to Farm Bureau and their communities. Kansas Farm Bureau President Rich Felts will deliver his state of agriculture address followed by comments from AFBF President Duvall.


The Peterson Farm Brothers from Dickinson County will provide the evening’s entertainment.


On Tuesday, Dec. 6, more than 400 voting delegates will debate and adopt policy statements for 2017 and elect the KFB president and board members from the even-numbered Farm Bureau districts.


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