YF&R Leaders Conference

2024 YF&R Leaders Conference 

February 2-4, 2024 | Manhattan, KS

Join young farmers, ranchers and agriculturists from across the state at the 2024 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leaders Conference. The event will focus on connecting you with practical tools and resources to add value to your daily work, expanding your peer and professional network and providing encouragement and motivation to keep pushing forward in a tough time for agriculture. Regardless of the crops you grow, animals you raise or off-farm role you play, this conference has something for all young people connected to agriculture and will empower attendees to return home with the tools and knowledge to make positive changes for their farms, families and communities.


This conference is planned with KFB farmer/rancher and collegiate members who are 18-35 in mind, but all individuals who find the content valuable, regardless of membership, age or profession are welcome to register and attend. Registration includes:

  • Friday Collegiate Lunch (Collegiate Farm Bureau members & Advisors only)
  • Friday Evening Reception & Kick-Off (includes heavy appetizers and cash bar)
  • Saturday Eggs & Issues Breakfast
  • Saturday YF&R Networking Lunch
  • Saturday District Dinners
  • Sunday Breakfast by Chris Cakes
  • All general sessions, workshops, tours and competitions.

Conference registration has closed. If you're still interested in attending the event or have questions, please email yfr@kfb.org

Tentative Schedule

Friday, February 2
11:15 AM Collegiate Registration Opens East Foyer
12:00-1:30 PM Collegiate Farm Bureau Lunch & Huddle Big Basin/Kaw Nation
1:30-1:45 PM Collegiate Ag Quiz Bowl Orientation Konza Prairie C
2:00-3:30 PM Collegiate Ag Quiz Bowl Konza Prairie A
Konza Prairie C
Kings A
Kings C
2:00-6:00 PM Campaign School Mini Session
If you're considering running for state legislature, school board, county commission or other public office, KFB's Campaign School Mini Sessions can teach you the nuts and bolts of campaigning and help you execute a winning campaign. Register here.
Big Blue River/Fort Riley
4:00-6:00 PM Collegiate Industry Insight Events Off-Site TBA
6:00-6:45 PM Collegiate Dinner on Own Off-Site
6:00-8:00 PM YF&R Registration Open at Hilton East Foyer
6:15-6:45 PM First Time Attendee Info Session Alcove
6:45-10:15 PM Bus Loop to/from K-State Athletics East Foyer
7:00-9:00 PM YF&R Registration Open at KSU KSU Shamrock Zone*

7:00-10:00 PM Kick-Off at the Stadium KSU Shamrock Zone*

*If driving yourself to the stadium, use Gate 5 to enter the West parking lot and park near Gate D. Take the ramp to Bramlage and follow signage to the event.
**Complimentary shuttles are provided. Please consider using KFB busing if you plan to consume alcohol at the event.

Saturday, February 3
7:00 AM-12:30 PM Registration Open East Foyer
7:30 AM Breakfast Lines Open South Foyer
7:30 AM Collegiate & YF&R Discussion Meet Orientation Big Blue River/Fort Riley
8:00-9:30 AM Eggs & Issues
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marshall Stewart, Senior Vice President for Executive Affairs, University Engagement and Partnerships, and Chief of Staff at Kansas State University
Big Basin/Kaw Nation
9:45-10:45 AM Workshop Round 1
  • Cattle Nutrition & Management
  • Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Tips & Tricks for Farm Succession Planning
  • Entrepreneurship in Agriculture
  • Grain & Livestock Risk Management
Konza Praire A
Konza Praire B
Kings A
Kings B
9:45-11:30 AM Excellence in Agriculture Presentations Little Apple Boardroom
9:45 AM-12:15 PM Collegiate & YF&R Discussion Meet Konza Praire C
Kings C
Big Blue River/Fort Riley
9:45 AM-12:15 PM Morning Ag Tours
  • Fink Beef Genetics
  • Aggieville Brewing Company
  • Kids Play at Flint Hills Discovery Center
Buses Depart from East Foyer
10:30 AM-5:30 PM Ag Leaders Tradeshow Flint Hills
10:45-11:15 AM Tradeshow & Networking Break Flint Hills & South Foyer
11:15 AM-12:15 PM Workshops Round 2
  • Farm Work for Hire
  • Drones (UAV's) in Agriculture
  • Bringing New Ideas to Agriculture
  • What is the Risk Management Agency?
Konza Praire A
Konza Praire B
Kings A
Kings B
12:30-2:00 PM YF&R Networking Lunch Kaw Nation/Big Basin
2:15-3:15 PM Workshops Round 3
  • Peer to Peer SWOT: Approaching Critical Thinking Through a Conversational Lens
  • Elevating Your Engagement
  • Agriculture Workforce & Career Development
  • The State & Future of Fertilizer Markets
Konza Praire A
Konza Praire B
Kings A
Kings B
2:15-3:15 PM Collegiate & YF&R Discussion Meet Konza Praire C
Kings C
Big Blue River/Fort Riley
2:15-4:00 PM YF&R of the Year Interviews Little Apple Boardroom
2:30-4:30 PM Afternoon Tours
  • MKC Drone Demonstration
  • Kids Play at Flint Hills Discovery Center
Buses Depart from East Foyer
3:30-4:30 PM Workshops Round 4
  • Serving on Your Local School Board: How Can I Make a Difference?
  • Smartphone Photography Tips for the Farm and Ranch
  • Inside the Farm Bill
  • Sustainability on the Farm: Understanding Agriculture Carbon Markets
Konza Praire A
Konza Praire B
Kings A
Kings B
4:30-5:30 PM Ag Leaders Tradeshow & Happy Hour
featuring Shop Kansas Farm vendors and Beer & Wine
Flint Hills & South Foyer
6:30-8:30 PM District Dinners
  • Districts 1, 3 & 10: Rockin' K's (1880 Kimball Ave)
  • Districts 2 & 4: Flint Hills Discovery Center (315 S 3rd)
  • Districts 5 & 7: Fink Genetics Sale Barn (15523 Tuttle Creek Blvd, Randolph)*
  • District 6: JP's at the Union (918 N MLK Drive)
  • Districts 8 & 9: Houlihan's (1641 Anderson Ave)

*Offsite TBA

*Optional complimentary transportation will leave the Conference Center at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 4
7:45-8:15 AM Sunday Morning Music & Devotions Kaw Nation/Big Basin
8:15-9:00 AM Breakfast by Chris Cakes Kaw Nation/Big Basin
9:00-10:30 AM Closing Keynote & Competitive Event Awards
Keynote: Jason Wetzler

Jason grew up on a 14-acre farm in the middle of Portland, OR. He was the only “farm-kid” in a high school of over 2500 students and attributes the lessons he’s learned in life to his agricultural upbringing.

Jason has worked with audiences in over 40 states, Japan, China, the Netherlands, and South Africa. He authors a weekly newsletter called Two for You that you can find at read or subscribe to at jasonwetzler.com.

Jason is passionate about asking big questions, loves telling stories, is his Grandma Dorothy’s biggest fan, and is married to a southern girl way out of his league. When he’s not holding a microphone, he loves coaching wrestling, doing CrossFit, traveling internationally, taking Lucy and Finn to the dog park, and creating something new with his friends and family.

With everything Jason does he has one goal: to make the life of other people better.

Kaw Nation/Big Basin
10:30 AM Depart for Home

2024 YF&R Leaders Conference Sponsors

YF&R and Collegiate Competitions

Apply today for three YF&R and two Collegiate Competitions! The prizes for all YF&R awards include winning up to $500 and a trip to the 2024 AFBF Annual Convention which will be held in San Antonio! The top 4 individuals for each award will receive a cash prize and be recognized at the YF&R Leaders Conference. Click on the links below for both competitions and applications. All Applications are due January 14, 2024.


Hotel arrangements will be your own responsibility and are not included in registration or handled by KFB. Kansas Farm Bureau has blocked rooms at five hotels with affordable, negotiated rates. Room blocks are now open and specific information will be shared at that time.

Hilton Garden Inn
410 S 3rd Street
(Connected to Conference Center)
$114 Call: 785-532-9116
Group Name: Young Farmers & Ranchers
January 5
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Indoor Pool 
  • Cancellation – 48 hours (3:00 p.m.)
  • Breakfast and Dinner Restaurant on Site
Bluemont Hotel
1212 Bluemont Ave
(7-10 minute drive to Conference Center - 1 block from Aggieville)

Call: 785-473-7091

Group Name: KFB-Young Farmers & Ranchers

Booking Online: Go to bluemonthotel.com > Click on BOOK ONLINE (top/right of page) > Under ADVANCED OPTIONS select “I have a group number” >

Enter the Group ID: YFRC24

January 3
  • Includes Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Cancellation – 48 hours
  • Indoor Pool
Courtyard by Marriott
715 N 12th Street
(7-10 minute drive to Conference Center - 1 block from Aggieville)

Call: 785-587-1972

Group Name: Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference

Booking Online: Book your group rate for KFB / Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference
January 15
  • Includes 1 Breakfast Coupon
  • Parking Included
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Cancellation – 48 hours (3:00 p.m.)
Fairfield Inn
300 Colorado Street
(1 block from Conference Center)

Call: 785-539-2400

Group Name: Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference
January 5
  • Includes Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Indoor Pool
  • Cancellation – 48 Hours 
Holiday Inn Express
115 Blue Earth Place
(1 block from Conference Center)

Call: 785-320-7454 – Mention Group Code – KFB

Book Online: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Manhattan - Manhattan, United States (ihg.com)  

Enter the Group Code: KFB
January 5
  • Includes Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Indoor Pool
  • Cancellation – 48 Hours 



Contact Edie Doane at 785-587-6102 or doanee@kfb.org for more information.