Monday, Dec 4 Schedule

Monday, Dec 4 Schedule

7:30 am

  • Registration -- East Hallway
  • Benefit Silent Auction -- Konza Prairie
    • Bidding ends at 10:40 am Tuesday
    • Proceeds benefit the KFB Foundation for Agriculture
  • Tradeshow -- West and South Hallways
  • Tradeshow Tent -- Northwest Entrance Parking Lot
    • Visit with vendors and sign up for the KFB Roadtrip Giveaway!
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8:00 am

  • Kickoff General Session -- Ballrooms
    • Friends of Ag Awards
    • Natural Resources Awards
    • Photo Contest Winners
    • YF&R Awards
    • Membership Traveling Trophy
    • Partnership Award
    • Legislative Update with Mary Kay Thatcher, Senior Director of Congressional Affairs, AFBF

Mary Kay Thatcher has worked as a lobbyist for the American Farm Bureau Federation for 30 years. She currently serves as Senior Director of Congressional Relations where she lobbies primarily on issues covering farm programs, crop insurance, conservation and credit.

In the past few years, she has also spearheaded AFBF’s participation about the topic of farm data, security and privacy. She serves as President of the Ag Data Transparency Evaluator, a tool developed by Ag Tech Providers and farm/commodity groups to help farmers understand the contracts they sign to share their farm data. She also serves as Secretary of the Ag Data Coalition, a group of 14 members consisting of farm groups, land grant universities, ag equipment manufacturers and technology companies and providers. The coalition is working to develop an ag data cooperative to confidentially maintain a farmer’s data and to facilitate collaboration in the new era of data-driven agriculture.

Mary Kay served in the “first” Bush Administration as a political appointee as the director of congressional and public affairs of the Farm Credit Administration. In that capacity, she was responsible for the policy direction and management of the agency’s congressional and public affairs activities.

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9:15 am

  • Tradeshow Break
  • County Photos -- East Hallway
    • One Station

9:45 am -- Round 1 Workshops

11 am

  • People's Choice Award Photo Contest Voting Ends

11 am -- Workshops Round 2


  • Lunch in the Little Apple                   
    • Discover the many restaurants Manhattan has to offer.
  • County Coordinator Luncheon -- Train Depot
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  • Masters Luncheon -- Cottonwood Room
  • YF&R Committee Luncheon -- Flint Hills Discovery Center
  • Resolutions Committee Luncheon -- Big Blue River / Fort Riley
  • County Women's Chair Luncheon (By Invitation Only) -- Holiday Inn (Campus)

1:20 pm

  • Open Discussion of Resolutions -- Ballrooms

1:30 pm

  • General Session -- Ballrooms
    • Awards for Excellence
    • New Horizon Awards
    • County Progress Awards
    • Leadership KFB Graduation
    • People's Choice Photo Winner
    • Gen. Richard B. Myers, President, Kansas State University                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers has returned to his home state and alma mater to serve as Kansas State University President. He graduated from the university in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and joined the Air Force through K-State’s ROTC program.

The native Kansan from Merriam served his country and retired as a four-star general. From 2001-2005, he served as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was the principal military adviser to the U.S. president, secretary of defense and the National Security Council.

Throughout Myers’ active duty, he continued his close relationship with K-State. In 2000, he presented the 118th Landon Lecture at Kansas State University, and the Gen. Richard B. Myers Hall, home of the Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs, is named in his honor.

Myers is a foundation professor of military history and leadership at K-State. He and his wife, Mary Jo, serve as co-chairs of the Kansas State University Innovation and Inspiration Campaign to raise $1 billion.

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2:30 pm

  • Tradeshow Break
  • County Photos -- East Hallway
    • One Station
  • Book Signing -- South Hallway
    • "OUR LAND, OUR LIVES" by John Schlageck
    • "OUR LAND, OUR LIVES" kicks off KFB's centennial celebration, beginning in 2018. This hardcover book features photos and essays by KFB's John Schlageck, dating back five generations of Farm Bureau members.

3 pm -- Workshop Round 3

4:15 pm -- Workshops Round 4

6:30 pm -- Early Entry to the Foundations Fundraiser for Legacy Partners

7 pm -- KFB Foundations Fundraiser -- K-State Student Union Forum Hall