Using Technology to Impact Yield -- Big Blue/Fort Riley
Speaker: Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti, Kansas State University
This session will show you how to use satellite imagery to better understand yield variation on your farm and more effectively forecast crop yields.
Creating More Value with the Same Resources -- Alcove
Speaker: Mike Kasten, Quality Beef by the Numbers
This session will explore opportunities to make your cattle herd more profitable.
Precision Ag ROI -- Tuttle
Speaker: Cory Gilbert, On Target Ag Solutions
This session will use examples and data to demonstrate how to use precision ag data to measure your return on investment. We’ll cover both how to make positive financial decisions for your precision ag usage and generally how to increase your overall ROI.
Being a Doer not a Poser: How to Efficiently Engage in a Rural Community -- McDowell
Speaker: Ashley Hutchinson, Cloud Corp
Creating positive change in rural America requires everyone bursts out of their individual silos to start working on one team. How can you move to a rural environment or move back home and become a positive agent for change? This session will empower you to communicate effectively and break through the barriers holding your community back.
Dicamba Applicator Training (9:45 to 11:15 a.m.) -- Big Basin/Kaw Nation
Speaker: Dr. Dallas Peterson, Kansas State University
A review of factors affecting offsite movement of dicamba and best management practices with dicamba applications. This session will fulfill the mandatory training for dicamba use in 2018.
Engage: The Key to Personal Success -- Alcove
Moderator: Mike Matson, KFB
Panelists: Dan Kerschen, Kansas Senate
Dana Pieper, Rooks County Rancher
Jenny Burgess, Rice County Farmer
Ever wonder what you get from serving in organizations like Farm Bureau? Join this panel of a state legislator, a full-time third generation rancher, and a first generation farmer and ag advocate, to hear how their Farm Bureau involvement translated into personal success.
Benchmarking Farm Financials During Challenging Times -- Tuttle
Speaker: Robin Reid, Kansas State Agricultural Economics
In these times of low agricultural profitability, knowing your financial ratios and how they compare to similar farms in Kansas can shed light on strengths and weaknesses in the farm business. Join Robin as she shares financial management tools and training for understanding your farm’s financial position.
Keeping it Local - How to Make a Grassroots Impact through Advocacy -- McDowell
Speaker: Dr. Jill Casten, KFB
Have you ever heard the expression, “It takes a village?” In Farm Bureau we rarely accomplish anything without starting at the county and grassroots level. Finding ways to bring value to members at the local level through advocacy work can have a great impact. Learn about tools and ideas to reinvigorate advocacy in your county Farm Bureau.
Options for Stock Water Development -- Alcove
Speaker: Herschel George, K-State Research and Extension
With an increased interest in rotational grazing and grazing cover crops, producers are looking for alternate water sources. Learn about traditional and alternative stock water systems and tanks— ponds, springs, solar pumps, limited access to ponds, tire tanks and installing two-inch PVC pipelines through a pond dam full of water.
How Many is Too Many? Running Multiple Prescriptions on a Single Area -- Tuttle
Speaker: Cory Gilbert, On Target Ag Solutions
At what point do you need to run multiple prescriptions to meet your crop’s needs? We’ll cover soil testing and management zones to discuss variability within a field and how to write and use multiple prescriptions to address each issue individually for maximum success across the field.
Emergency Preparedness and Ways to Help in Disaster Relief -- Big Blue River / Fort Riley
Speaker: David Hogg, KDA
Disasters can and do happen anywhere. The response to such events can look different depending on the size of the jurisdiction affected. In rural communities, there is often an all-hands-on-deck approach to the response and recovery efforts. This session will highlight ways to take an active approach while preparing for threats that may affect homes, farms, animals and businesses.
Women’s Roundtables -- Kaw Nation / Big Basin
Join other women in ag and choose three tables for 20-minute conversations about issues relevant to your life. Topics and speakers include:
Crop Insurance Update and Overview -- McDowell
Speakers: Steve Vollrath & Amy Roeder, Agra View LLC
Join Agra View LLC to learn more about crop insurance basics, whole farm revenue program, recordkeeping requirements, pasture, rangeland forage, annual forage, apiculture, livestock insurance and FSA’s NAP, LIP and LFP.