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The Masters

The Masters

"Agriculture is so simple everybody should understand it, BUT is so complex and complicated hardly anyone knows everything about this impressive industry." - Charlie Sargent

Masters Program Overview

No matter who you are, there is always something more to learn. That is especially true in agriculture. In agriculture there is no end to gaining knowledge - - - of the past and the present, in order to plan for the future.

I’ve had the pleasure of working in Kansas Farm Bureau with an educational program focused on the fundamentals of agriculture. It is called the “Masters”.

The original idea was to provide a “see it first hand” agricultural experience by going to places in agriculture (farm, grain elevator, flour mill, ranch, legislature, processor, research facility, etc…) in order to establish and broaden the farm and ranch knowledge.  It is a learning process to “connect the dots” of agriculture.

The Masters’ participation has grown to include a wide range of people, backgrounds, occupations and interests. It’s been a great success. Over 150 of 230 participants have graduated by attending each of the six one day sessions that are spread over nine months.  Each day’s activities are called capsules because a lot of insight and understanding is captured in a short amount of time.

We welcome application from anyone interested in this learning experience. You can be a teacher, a preacher, a banker, a reporter, a farmer or rancher…anybody. The participants have had a range of experiences from "no" agricultural background to "I live on a farm". All of us can learn and share our insights with others. The class members are great people to meet. 

The program focuses on the fundamentals of today's agriculture, AND you will travel to a few different spots in Kansas so you see agriculture up close with some geographic variety. Our hosts let us visit their operations where they share their agricultural insights. These special Kansans hold the secrets to the program’s success. Their operations are revealing and these hosts are great people to meet.

The capsules are listed below and more details will be confirmed after the participants for this year’s class are selected. 

  • Capsule 1 - Agriculture the Foundation
    • August in Manhattan area
    • Farm, Equipment, Livestock & Crops
  • Capsule 2 - Relating to Agriculture’s Diversity
    • October in Thomas County
    • Food & Fiber in Modern Times 
  • Capsule 3 – Taking a Stand for Agriculture
    • December in Manhattan
    • Policy Development, Becoming One Voice
  • Capsule 4 - Implementing Developed Policy
    • February in Topeka
    • In the Capitol – Legislators & Lobbyists, Impacting the Decision Makers
  • Capsule 5 - Building the Agricultural Network
    • April in Stafford County
    • Growing, Processing and Retailing Agriculture
  • Capsule 6 - Delivering the Message
    • May in Manhattan
    • Agriculture is International, Telling the Stories of Agriculture

If this sounds of interest to you or someone you know:

Click here to apply online 

Click here to download the PDF application 

or contact me directly:

Charlie Sargent
Kansas Farm Bureau
sargentc@kfb.org
785-587-6112.