MANHATTAN – Mark it on your calendars and plan to attend the Kansas Farm Bureau commodity conference on Feb. 7. Held at the KFB headquarters in Manhattan, the conference begins at 1 p.m. with a welcome by KFB President Rich Felts.

This conference serves as an educational opportunity for Farm Bureau members. Industry leaders will conduct break-out discussions on conservation, animal health, crop insurance, livestock antibiotic use, markets, prices, water and trade.

Following the afternoon’s presentations, KFB will host dinner and a Farm Bill Discussion starting at 6:30 p.m. in the KFB cafeteria.

Conference participants must be paid Farm Bureau members in Kansas and must register for the event through your county office. There is no fee to attend this event. Contact Cory Saunders, 785-587-6122 or, for more information.

Members are also encouraged to attend the Kansas Commodity Classic, which starts the next morning, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m. at the Four Point by Sheraton Hotel.  Attendees will hear a market update as well as presentations from U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee staff and representatives from the National Corn Growers Assoc., Sorghum Producers and Association of Wheat Growers.

There is no fee to attend the Commodity Classic and lunch is included.  Registration can be made at the same time as registering for KFB’s Commodity Conference at your county office.  More information regarding Commodity Classic can be found at

KFB Commodities Conference 
February 7, 2017 
Kansas Farm Bureau Headquarters – Manhattan, KS 

12:30 p.m.      Registration 

1:00 p.m.       Welcome 

Rich Felts, KFB President 
Terry Holdren, KFB CEO  
Policy Update - Ryan Flickner, KFB Senior Director of Policy 

1:30  p.m.      Trade 

Veronica Nigh, American Farm Bureau 

2:10 p.m.       Market Structures and Impacts

Matt Hines, Loewen and Associates 

3:10 p.m.       Breakout Sessions Round 1 (a) Auditoriums; (b) 1st Floor East Open Conference Area; (c) Corporate Trianing 

                            a) Water Quality/Blue Green Algae 

                                   Tom Stiles, KDHE 

                            b) Antibiotic Use in Livestock  

                                   Dr. Dan Thomson, Kansas State University

     c) Issues and Answers: Crop Insurance Planting Dates  

                                   RMA and KSU  

4:20 p.m.   Breakout Sessions Round 2 

                            a) Conservation Opportunities Through the EQIP Program

Monty Breneman, NRCS 

                            b) Animal Health Division Update  

                                  Dr. Brian P McCornack, Kansas State University 

                      c) Issues and Answers: Crop Insurance Planting Dates  

                                  RMA and KSU 

5:20 p.m.   Adjourn

6:30 p.m.   Dinner and Farm Bill Discussion with Senate Ag Committee Staff, KFB Cafeteria

February 8, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.   Kansas Commodity Classic, Four Points by Sheraton (lunch included for registered attendees)

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.           Individual Ag Advisory and ENR Committee Meetings, KFB Headquarters

February 9, 2017

6:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Kansas Farm Bureau's Day at the Statehouse, Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka