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YF&R Leaders Conference

YF&R Leaders Conference

Join more than 500 young men and women from across the state at the 2020 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leaders Conference. The weekend 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. Talk to your county board or coordinator about attendance and sponsorship opportunities today!

Location

The Manhattan Conference Center, located in downtown Manhattan, Kansas, will be the host of this year's conference. With comfortable and spacious meeting rooms, easy access from I-70 and Hwy 24, and a location convenient to top-notch hotels and restaurants, this venue is the ultimate place for attendees to meet and connect in Manhattan.

 

Registration

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 FB members only)
  • Friday Evening Reception and Kick Off (includes heavy appetizers and cash bar)
  • Saturday Business & Bacon Breakfast
  • Saturday Networking Lunch
  • Saturday District Dinners
  • Sunday Breakfast by Chris Cakes
  • All general sessions, workshops, tours and competitions.
  • Pre-Conference trainings require specific registration and may have an additional fee.
Registration Pricing & Deadlines:

 

 Type Price Deadline
 Regular Registration $100 January 10
 Late Registration $125 January 24
 Collegiate Registration $100 January 24
 Ag Ambassador Day Pass (for high school students) $60 January 24
 Child Registration $50 January 24

The Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture provides $100 grants to cover registration fees for county Farm Bureau associations and Collegiate Farm Bureau chapters. Please contact your county coordinator for information about grant fund availability. 

Registration Resources:

Registration will open in early November. 


Lodging

Kansas Farm Bureau has blocked rooms at six hotels with affordable, negotiated rates. Room blocks open November 1 and specific information will be shared at that time.

 

Schedule

Friday, February 7

 TimeSession  Location
10:00 AM

Pre-Conference Trainings 

Includes Lunch

These in-depth sessions will go beyond basics to give you hands on training. Topics to be announced soon. Pre-registration and additional fee for lunch, speakers and materials required.

Various TBA
11:15 AM

Collegiate Registration Opens

East Foyer
12:00 PM 

Collegiate Farm Bureau Lunch

Join Collegiate FB members from across the state for lunch, networking, a special speaker and updates from each chapter.

Kaw Nation/Big Basin
 1:30 PM

Collegiate Ag Quiz Bowl

Alcove, Tuttle, McDowell, Flint Hills, Konza Prairie, and Kings
 4:00 PM

Collegiate Industry Insight Events

Local industry tours and career-focused workshops. Transportation provided.

Various TBA
 6:00 PM

YF&R Registration Opens

East Foyer
 6:45 PM

First-Time Attendee Workshop

Never been before? Join us for this session to get the inside scoop on how to make the most of your conference experience.

Ft. Riley/Big Blue River
7:15 PM

Celebrate Kansas Agriculture Reception

Sample foods and beverages grown, raised or produced in the state. Provided in partnership with From the Land of Kansas.

Ballrooms
8:00 PM

Conference Kick Off

Get the weekend started by enjoying time with new and old friends, games and dancing. Heavy appetizers provided. Cash bar.

 
Ballrooms

Saturday, February 8

7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration Open

East Foyer
8:00 AM

Business & Bacon

Get industry updates and hear from speaker, Jay Hill, over breakfast.

 Kaw Nation/Big Basin
9:45 AM

Workshops Round 1

Topics TBA 

Kaw Nation/Big Basin

Alcove

Tuttle

McDowell

Ft. Riley/Big Blue River

10:45 AM

Ag Leaders Networking Break

Visit the trade show, network with speakers and connect with peers.

South and East Foyers
10:45 AM

Morning Tours

Tour Options TBA. Limited spots available and pre-registration required (no fee). Transportation provided.

Various Locations TBA

Depart from the East Foyer

10:45 AM

YF&R and Collegiate Competitions 

YF&R and Collegiate Discussion Meets, Excellence in Agriculture Award Presentations, YF&R of the Year Interviews. Schedule TBA.

Flint Hills Discovery Center

Little Apple Boardroom (Hilton)

11:15 AM

Workshops Round 2

Topics TBA 

Alcove

Tuttle

McDowell

Ft. Riley/Big Blue River

12:30 PM

YF&R Networking Lunch

Meet new friends over lunch and hear from KFB President, Rich Felts, an American Farm Bureau YF&R Committee representative and other special guests.

 
Kaw Nation/Big Basin
2:15 PM

Workshops Round 3

Topics TBA 

 

Alcove

Tuttle

McDowell

Ft. Riley/Big Blue River

2:15 PM

YF&R and Collegiate Competitions 

YF&R and Collegiate Discussion Meets, Excellence in Agriculture Award Presentations, YF&R of the Year Interviews. Schedule TBA.

Flint Hills Discovery Center

Little Apple Boardroom (Hilton)

2:30 PM

Ag Ambassador Industry Insight Event

Exclusively for the county Farm Bureau ag ambassadors and other high school students, this event will feature a local industry tour and career and college readiness workshop.

Location TBA
3:15 PM

Ag Leaders Networking Break

Visit the trade show, network with speakers and connect with peers.

South & East Foyers
3:30 PM 

Afternoon Tours

Tour Options TBA. Limited spots available and pre-registration required (no fee). Transportation provided.

Various Locations TBA

Depart from the East Foyer

3:45 PM

Workshops Round 4

Topics TBA 

Alcove

Tuttle

McDowell

3:45 PM

Service Project

Help YF&R give back by participating in this hands-on meal packing event. Attendees will have the opportunity to take a box of meals back to their home community to donate at their local food pantry.

Konza Prairie/Flint Hills/Kings
6:00 PM 

KFB District Dinners

Enjoy a night on the town with attendees from your area of the state. Districts will be paired with another to increase the networking opportunities. Dinner provided. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased on your own.

Various Locations TBA
8:00 PM

After Parties

Not ready to end the evening? Join committee members for informal gatherings of attendees to keep the fun going. All activity costs are the responsibility of the individual. 

Various Locations TBA

Sunday, February 9

7:45 AM

Sunday Morning Music & Devotions

Worship together during this casual gathering of attendees.

Ballrooms
8:15 AM

Breakfast by Chris Cakes

 

Ballrooms
9:00 AM

Closing Keynote & Awards

Join us as we recognize outstanding performances, individual accomplishments and exceptional conference engagement, then find empowerment from our motivational closing keynote speaker, Jim Morris. We guarantee you won't want to miss this session.

Ballrooms
10:30 AM

Adjourn

 
 

Featured Speakers

Saturday Keynote
 
Jay Hill

For Jay, what started as 10 acres and a John Deere 4020 tractor has grown into a multi-layered commercial operation of diversified crops in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. Jay strives to continually implement new practices and the latest technology to best utilize his resources and farm as sustainably as possible. He actively advocates for the industry he loves on social media, using this platform to give a true glimpse into the life of a farmer.

Sunday Keynote
 
Jim Morris

Jim Morris' Cinderella story is testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. His story is the subject of the blockbuster film from Walt Disney, "The Rookie," starring Dennis Quaid which won the ESPY for Sports Film of the Year.

Originally a top prospect, Jim Morris's career in baseball was derailed by injuries and immaturity at the age of 24. He got married, raised a family and eventually became a high school physics teacher and baseball coach in southwest Texas. At the age of 35, Jim made a bet with his struggling high school baseball team: If they won the district championship, then he would go try out for a major league team. Miraculously, his team won the district championship and Jim went to a tryout, where he threw twelve consecutive pitches at 98 mph.

Three months later, Jim realized his long-lost dream of becoming a major league player when he struck out All Star Royce Clayton in his first major league appearance in front of family and friends back in Texas.

Jim Morris is a polished public speaker and uses his story in combination with the goals of his customer to inspire and motivate. Imagine having Tom Hanks over at your house for a cup of coffee. That's what it's like having Jim Morris speak with your group. Jim also has a great sense of humor that will make your group laugh and inspire them at the same time.

 

Workshop & Training Topics*

  • Cattle Handling
  • Cattle Marketing
  • Commodity Hedging
  • Connecting with Consumers on Social Media
  • Cutting Edge Ag Technology
  • Employment on the Farm
  • Entrepreneurship & Agriculture
  • Farm Branding & Marketing
  • Farm Financial Management
  • First Generation Farmers
  • Grazing Management
  • Leadership On and Off the Farm
  • Ruminant Nutrition
  • Stress on the Farm

*Topics are tentative. Specific session titles, descriptions and speakers to be announced.

 

Competitive Events

The YF&R Conference will feature five competitions for collegiate and YF&R members, including:

  • YF&R of the Year Award
  • Excellence in Agriculture Award
  • YF&R Discussion Meet
  • Collegiate Discussion Meet
  • Collegiate Ag Quiz Bowl

Click here to learn more about these opportunities to have fun, be recognized, receive cash prizes and win a trip to a future American Farm Bureau event.

 

Ag Leaders Trade Show & Sponsors

On Saturday, February 8, the conference will include a trade show featuring KFB partners, conference sponsors, member benefit organizations, and other groups relating to agriculture and the interests of YF&R members. If you're interested in purchasing a booth or sponsoring part of the conference, please contact Sandi Cowdin at cowdins@kfb.org or 785-587-6119.