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The early bird registration deadline for the Women Managing the Farm conference is coming up on January 17, 2020.


Breakout sessions have been added to the website at womenmanagingthefarm.com. Attendees can choose six of 30 breakout sessions on topics ranging from livestock management, financial options, farm succession planning, coping with stress, farm policy, crop marketing and many others.


The award-winning Women Managing the Farm conference is set for February 13-14, 2020, in Manhattan, Kansas. Since 2005, the event has brought together women farmers, rural business leaders and landowners. The Women Managing the Farm conference provides a supportive setting in which women can develop the skills, resources and knowledge needed for success in a competitive agricultural environment.


Registration for the conference is available at http://womenmanagingthefarm.com/registration, with an early bird rate of $150 available through January 17. After January 17, registration is $175.


Conference sessions are designed to keep women up-to-date on the latest advancements in agriculture and thriving within their rural communities. During the two-day conference, attendees select from presentations covering many topics, including farm finances, relationships and health, agricultural and estate law, crop production and marketing, management and more. Attendees also choose networking sessions tailored to the different roles women hold, such as agricultural partners and helpers, independent producers, absentee landowners, ag industry career women and business managers. An optional pre-conference workshop is still available on Wednesday, February 12. This tour includes stops at Hildebrand Farms Dairy near Junction City and Liquid Art Winery and Estate near Manhattan.


The 2020 conference will open Thursday morning with a dramatic presentation on farmland transition, performed by Lindsay Bauer, and created by Mary Swander, Poet Laureate for the state of Iowa and executive director for AgArts. Other general session presenters will include Dr. Chad Hart, ISU Associate Professor of Economics, who will discuss “Trade’s Impact on U.S. Agriculture;” and Lance Woodbury, a family business adviser who will lead a panel of experts discussing challenges in health and well-being. The two-day conference will wrap up with Vance Crowe, a communications consultant and story architect who will share how women in agriculture can use stories that deeply connect with listeners.


The Women Managing the Farm conference is sponsored by various agricultural organizations, including Kansas Farm Service Agency, Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, Kansas Soybean, Kansas Insurance, Inc., Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Wheat, USDA-National Resources Conservation Service, Kansas Corn and many others. More information about speakers, programs, exhibitors and registration can be found at the website, womenmanagingthefarm.com, or by calling 785-532-2560. Keep up-to-date with the latest Women Managing the Farm news through Facebook.com/WomenManagingtheFarm.


All Kansas farmers are invited to the Kansas Commodity Classic on Friday, January 24, 2020.


The Kansas Commodity Classic is the annual convention of Kansas’ top crops – corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybeans, and will take place at the K-State Alumni Center, Manhattan, Kan., with registration and breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thanks to the generous support of the Kansas corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybean associations and our sponsors, registration is free for farmers and friends.


The Kansas Commodity Classic will be emceed by Greg Akagi, farm director for WIBW. The morning session will open at 8:30 a.m. with welcome remarks.


Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers will kick off the event with an update from the Kansas Governor’s office.


John Feldt, Founder and President of Blue Water Outlook, will provide a weather outlook. Blue Water Outlook provides a wide variety of information to help provide informed decisions for farm management. Blue Water Outlook is focused along two primary areas of emphasis: Water Resources Insight and Intelligence and Decision Support Services.


Elected officials have been invited to give updates from Washington, including the Senate Ag Committee, a trade outlook, Farm Bill update and other pertinent issues affecting Kansas farmers.


Dr. Allan Gray, Director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University, will end the day with a presentation on “Capitalizing on the Greatest Sustainability Story in History.” He currently holds the position of Land O’Lakes Chair in Food and Agribusiness. Gray works with food and agribusiness managers in the center’s professional development seminars and workshops, while also continuing to teach. Gray’s research interests are agribusiness management, strategic planning, decision making in uncertain environments and simulation. He also works on the Large Commercial Producer Survey, conducted every five years by the center, which explores the attitudes and buying behaviors of large commercial producers.


The Kansas Commodity Classic is hosted by the Kansas Corn Growers Association, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association and Kansas Soybean Association. Signature sponsors are Kansas Corn Commission, Kansas Soybean Commission and Kansas Wheat Commission. Industry sponsors at the platinum level are Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Kansas Department of Agriculture. Sponsors at the gold level are Ag Risk Solutions, Corteva and Syngenta. Sponsors at the silver level are AgriGold, Fairbanks Scales & Perten Instruments, Hannebaum Grain, KCoe Isom, KFB Health Plans and Midland Genetics & Polansky Seed.


Thanks to these generous sponsors, the January 24 event is free to attend and includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch; however pre-registration is requested for food count purposes.


Visit www.kansascommodityclassic.com to register.