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Kansas State Fair

Kansas State Fair

Kansas Farm Bureau invites you to join us at the Kansas State Fair September 7-16 in Hutchinson. Stop by the Ad Astra Pavilion for family-friendly fun. Each day, you'll have the opportunity to meet a farmer and ask questions about agriculture, go on a virtual farm tour, complete a grocery store challenge to earn free ice cream, take a family photo or a really great selfie at our photo booth and learn about how Farm Bureau benefits families and communities across Kansas. If you're a member, there will be a place to relax and recharge and 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors can pick up a free t-shirt. Come, learn about agriculture, and let Kansas Farm Bureau be a part of your state fair experience!

2018 Kansas Farm Bureau Booth Schedule

Featured Farmer Talks:

Each day of the fair a Kansas farmer will present at 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm about their operation in the Ag Learning Zone. Stop by the booth to meet farmers from around the state of Kansas!

Educational Activities:

Each day of the fair a youth educational activity will happen at 11:05am and an adult educational activity will take place at 5:05pm. Stop by the booth for some fun, interactive learning!

Virtual Farm Tour

Kansas Farm Bureau's Masters Program:

Interested in taking your knowledge of the agriculture industry further? Kansas Farm Bureau has a Masters program where people from all different backgrounds, occupations, and interests can come together for six sessions to learn about Kansas agriculture. This program will take you to several different spots in Kansas, so you can learn about the different operations and see the geographic variety around the state. Interested in participating in the KFB’s Masters Program? Click here.

Experience Agriculture:

Would you like more opportunities to experience agriculture virtually? U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has a channel on YouTube called “Food Dialogues” where you can take tours of farms, meet farmers, and more. Follow this link to check it out and find the videos that you viewed at the 2018 Kansas State Fair!

Meet Kansas Farmers: 

Haven’t had enough? Meet farmers from across the state of Kansas here. Or, find your County Farm Bureau here and contact them to learn more about agriculture in your area of the state.

Ag Learning Zone

10 Faces of Agriculture

Holle

Holle Family Farms

Friday, Sept. 7

Orrin and Beth Holle are the fifth generation of Holles to farm and ranch in Rawlins County. They rent and own land where they operate a diversified farm, raising wheat, corn, cane hay and Gelbvieh cattle. Their farm is technically a “corporate farm” because of the business structure they’ve adopted to fairly manage the multigenerational financial investment, risk, tax burdens and to ensure passage of the operation to future generations. In addition to the daily work of the farm, Orrin and Beth have four children and are actively involved in the school, their church and the community. They are passionate about helping others understand agriculture, so they volunteer with 4-H and FFA, and even host a 5k on their farm to get people to the country.  

Website: www.HolleGelbvieh.com  

Springer

Springer Family Foods, LLC 

Saturday, Sept. 8 

As third-generation farmers, Michael and Christy raise crops and hogs in partnership with Michael’s family. Michael is the managing partner of Springer Family Foods, which owns and operates 10 pig farms in Montgomery and Wilson counties. They sell 92,000 hogs annually, with almost 50,000 pigs in their care at any given time. The Springers are also partners in the family crop farm, Sycamore Valley Fertilizer, which raises wheat, corn and soybeans on 5,500 acres. Christy helps on the farm with payroll, supply ordering, errands and delivering meals to the field during harvest. The Springers have two sons, Mason and Cooper, who are learning the day-to-day activities of farm life.

Website: www.SpringerFamilyFoods.com  

Casten

Casten Farms, LLC 

Sunday, Sept. 9 

The Casten family has been farming in Osage county for generations. Jeff Casten and his late wife, Joyce, raised four daughters on the farm. After completing degrees from K-State, marrying and starting families, the entire family remains highly involved in a variety of agricultural careers, in addition to sustaining the family farm. Jeff remarried and he and his wife, Merrily, live on the farm, but have retired from the day-to-day management of the operation. To best protect and operate a multi-family farm, three of the daughters and their spouses have formed an entity, Casten Farms, LLC, to continue the farming operation, consisting of row crops like corn, soybeans, sorghum and wheat. While they all maintain full-time jobs off the farm, weekends and evenings and some vacation days are spent tending to the needs of the farm and the crops. 

Hildebrand

Hildebrand Farms Dairy 

Monday, Sept. 10 

Hildebrand Farms Dairy began in 1930 and is a fourth-generation family farm that produces, processes and distributes milk, cream, butter and ice cream mix to more than 125 locations in Kansas. They have a private herd of 120 Holsteins, raise the crops they use to feed them, process their milk into the various products and operate an on-farm store for local consumers. They also sell their products directly to large grocery store chains, which sets them apart from many other dairies in the business. However, the core values Hildebrand Farms Dairy has are alive in well in the vast majority of dairy farms in Kansas. Happy and comfortable cows give the best milk.  

Website: www.hildebrandfarmsdairy.com  

Griggs

Griggs Bros. Farm 

Tuesday, Sept. 11 

Griggs Bros. Farm is committed to providing safe, affordable and fresh produce to their community. They seek to increase the use of local food by improving availability, enhancing quality and developing connections. Griggs Bros. Farm sells produce at several farmers markets each week, as well as in its retail building located in Augusta. Each year, they grow tomatoes, various peppers, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini, squash, cantaloupe, watermelon and onions.

Website: www.GriggsBros.com   

Blythe

Blythe Family Farms 

Wednesday, Sept. 12 

Blythe Family Farms is located near White City on ground that was first owned by the family in 1890. They raise Angus cattle for breeding stock and beef. They also grow a variety of crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa hay and brome hay. They utilize more than 3,000 acres of native pasture land for 500 head of cattle. Blythe Family Farms is a founding member of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and have been actively working to identify practices that ranchers across America can use to become more sustainable.

Website: www.KidsCowsandGrass.com  

Garetson

Garetson Brothers Farm 

Thursday, Sept. 13 

Jarvis is a fourth-generation farmer on land his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1902 with 480 acres. More than 100 years later, Jarvis and his wife, Amber, and five boys, his parents, Jesse and Jerra, and brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Jill, still farm that land as part of their 9,000-acre operation. They grow cotton, corn, sorghum, soybeans and, this year, are trying chickpeas.

Leffler

Leffler Farms, Inc. 

Friday, Sept. 14 

Leffler Farms, Inc. was established in 1941 and has a legacy of four generations. It is currently owned and operated by Jacquelyne, her sister Natalie and their parents. Located in Americus, which is in the heart of the Flint Hills, they raise corn, soybeans and wheat, and have a stocker and feeder cattle operation.  

Website: www.facebook.com/LefflerPrimePerformance  

France

France Family Farms 

Saturday, Sept. 15 

Clint and Amy France farm and ranch in western Kansas. Along with their children, they are fourth-generation operators of their family farm and ranch. They grow wheat, grain sorghum, corn, soybeans and have Black Angus cattle. They’ve recently started a pumpkin patch which provides an opportunity for Clint and Amy’s kids to learn the basics of agriculture and business as they sell them in the community. They take the job laid before them as stewards of the land seriously. Clint and Amy are committed to providing safe and healthy food for neighbors near and far, as well as their own family. Clint and Amy are proud parents of five children, Caleb and his wife, Kennedie, Madison, Delaney, Calli and Jury. The France Family motto is Faith, Family, Farming.

Website: www.francefamilyfarms.com

Sawyer

Sawyer Land & Cattle 

Sunday, Sept. 16 

Derek and Katie Sawyer raise corn, soybeans, wheat and hay in McPherson County and have an Angus-based cow herd. Derek is the fourth generation of his family to farm and Katie married into the agriculture industry and currently works off the farm. The couple has two sons, Evan and Owen, and is active in community and agriculture organizations. 

Website: www.NewToTheFarm.com  

Educational Activities

Wheat

Friday, Sept. 7

Youth: 

Mini Wheat Farm Necklaces

Adult:

Interested in the recipe from the wheat cooking demo? Find it here!

Pork

Saturday, Sept. 8

Youth: 

Truth or Hogwash?

Adult:

Put some sweetness in your bacon by trying out this Bacon Candy recipe

Careers in Agriculture

Sunday, Sept. 9

Youth: 

Illustrate Your Dream Ag Career

Dairy 

Monday, Sept. 10

Youth: 

Let's Make Butter

Adult:

Delicious with apple slices, graham cracker sticks or any kind of sweet cracker, find the pumpkin pie dip recipe here.

Produce

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Youth: 

Garden in a Glove

Seed Planting Instructions

Adult:

What to use up your fresh produce in a tasty recipe? Check out the Summer Veggie Ratatouille recipe here

Sustainable Agriculture

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Youth: 

Circles of Earth Bracelets

Cotton

Thursday, Sept. 13

Youth: 

Cotton Art

Adult:

Hosted by Mandy Beyeler at Sugar Bee Crafts, the instructions for the Kansas Banner craft can be found through this link.

Agriculture Technology

Friday, Sept. 14

Youth: 

Power of Plasmids DNA Bracelets

Farm Family

Saturday, Sept. 15

Youth: 

Kansas Farm Snacks

Adult:

Need new ideas for family dinners? Amy France, a farm and ranch wife from western Kansas, provides you with her recipes from their dinner table.

Beef

Sunday, Sept. 16

Youth:

Ear Tag Key Chains 

Adult:

What to try the South of the Border Beef Hash on your own? Here is the recipe.

Other Resources

My American Farm:

My American Farm is a free online resource for young learners. It uses online games and other educational resources to explore topics in food, fiber, and energy. Check it out here.

Kailey's Ag Adventure:

Kansas Farm Bureau has a children’s book series called Kailey’s Ag Adventure. These eight books follow the travels of Kailey as she explores the world of agriculture. These educational books offer a fun way for young people, parents, and teachers to learn more about agriculture. Seven of the books even have lessons plans to go with them! Want to learn more? Click here.

Do-It-Yourself Projects:

Are you looking for DIY projects to do with your children or students? Check out Kansas Farm Bureau's education page for a full list of projects for kindergarten through adult activities!

Grocery Store

Beef

Featured Product:

Ashland Community Beef

The Story: Farmers and Ranchers Meet Community Needs
The Facts: Beef Facts
The Website: Feeding the Future
Other Kansas Products Featured in the Store:

Clay Center Locker Plant Beef Jerky

Corn

Featured Product:

Gaeddert Farms Sweet Corn

The Story: Sweet Quality with Sweet Corn
The Facts: Corn Facts
The Website: www.kansassweetcorn.com
Other Kansas Products Featured in the Store:

Schlaegel's Popcorn

Dairy

Featured Product:

Hildebrand Milk

The Story: A Dairy Love Story
The Facts: Dairy Facts
The Website: www.hildebrandfarmsdairy.com
Other Kansas Products Featured in the Store:

Hildebrand Butter, Alma Creamery Cheese

Pork

Featured Product:

Good Farms Pork

The Story: Good Pork from Good Farms
The Facts: Pork Facts
The Website: www.goodfarmangus.com
Poultry

Featured Product:

Cal-Maine Eggs

The Story: From a Cotton Patch to Billions of Eggs
The Facts: Poultry Facts
The Website: www.calmainefoods.com

Produce

Featured Product:

Devore Farms Watermelons

The Story: Three Generations of Watermelons
The Facts: Produce Facts
The Website: A Tour of Devore Farms
Other Kansas Products Featured in the Store:

Devore Farms Cantaloupe, Louisburg Cider Mill Apple Cider

Sorghum

Featured Product:

Nu Life Market Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour

The Story: Nu Life Market: A Leader in Grain Sorghum
The Facts: Sorghum Facts
The Website: www.nulifemarket.com

Wheat

Featured Product:

Stafford County Flour Mill Hudson Cream Whole Wheat Flour

The Story: More Than 100 Years of Milling in Kansas
The Facts: Wheat Facts
The Website: www.scfmco.com
Other Kansas Products Featured in the Store:

Mama Lupe's Tortillas

Other Resources

From the Land of Kansas:

Interested in learning more about products grown, processed, and manufactured in Kansas? Be sure to explore From the Land of Kansas.

Membership Lounge

Maximizing Your Membership:

For a quick run down of the benefits that come with being a Kansas Farm Bureau member, check out this document

Kansas Farm Bureau Member Benefits:

Want to know more about the benefits of being a Kansas Farm Bureau member? Go to https://www.kfb.org/Benefits for a full list of the benefits offered to our members.

Member Benefit App:

Take it a step further and download the KFB Member Benefit app on your phone. Follow https://www.kfb.org/Mobile to find the links to our apps.