Conference Agenda

2015 Conference Agenda (subject to change)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 (optional events)
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Amazing Grazing II: Meat Processing and Marketing for Optimal Sales No cost. Pre-registration required.

Location: Pottorf Hall, Riley County Fairgrounds, 1710 Avery Ave. (Participants are responsible for transportation.)

Presenters: Brad Dieckmann, Clay Center Locker; Rosanna Bauman, Producer and USDA-Inspected Poultry Processing Facility Owner; Melissa Wahl, Producer

This team of three addresses areas producers need to know when direct-marketing meat. The two processors will discuss differences they see in carcass quality of the animals brought to them, and will help producers better navigate cut lists and learn about available curt that may not be listed. Both will also share tips on how producers can build strong relationships with their processors.

Brad Dieckmann is a third-generation meat processor and soon to celebrate 25 years of owning his own locker in Clay Center, Kansas. Brad does processing for home use, retail sales and catering. He will share his knowledge, ideas for successful business strategies, as well as work through pricing structure to establish the value of a meat product.

Rosanna Bauman runs the only on-farm USDA-inspected poultry processing facility in Kansas. Her facility processes the majority of direct-marketed poultry raised in northeast Kansas. She and her family have raised their own poultry since 2001 and now market their birds exclusively to restaurants, grocers and area co-ops.

Melissa Wahl raises beef and pork in north central Kansas. The majority of her animals are sold in quarters, halves or whole. Her presentation will address how the grower can assist consumers to understand how the animal is turned into various cuts and products. Consumers often need help knowing what to ask for and now to get meat products that fit the family needs and cooking abilities. This presentation will improve producers' ability to increase sales while retaining strong customer satisfaction levels.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tour of KSU Grain Science Complex
No cost. Pre-registration required.

Location: IGP Institute, Kansas State University, 1980 Kimball Ave. (Participants are responsible for transportation.)

Will include stops at the IGP Institute Executive Conference CenterBioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Program facility, Hall Ross Flour Mill, the O. H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center, Kansas Wheat Innovation Center, and Kansas Crop Improvement Association.

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Exhibitor set-up - Conference Center Foyer

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Registration and early check-in available - Conference Center Foyer

Thursday, February 5, 2015
7:30 a.m.
Registration Check-in and Continental Breakfast- Conference Center Foyer
Silent Auction opens (ends 9:45 a.m. Friday)
8:00 a.m.
Welcome and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

"Celebrating Women: Healthy Heroes in Agriculture"
Judi Adams, M.S., R.D., Wheat Foods Council

"Welcome to the Little Apple"
Karen Hibbard, Vice President, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and Director, Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Networking Sessions

Agriculture Partners - McDowell
A woman who shares equal work, responsibilities, or decision-making on all aspects of the farm operation with her husband or other partner.

Independent Agriculture Producers - Tuttle
A woman who manages the farm largely by herself.

Agriculture Helpers - Alcove
A woman who participates in agricultural production mainly during the busy times (e.g., harvest, planting, and calving seasons). Main farm activities involve gofering and traditional household chores.

Absentee Landowners - Flint Hills
A woman who owns farmland but is not involved in day-to-day farm production activities

Agriculture Industry Career Women - Kings
A woman who works in agriculture indirectly through professional service.

Business ManagersKonza Prairie
A woman whose main responsibilities are bookkeeping, information gathering, and financial decision-making, but whose husband or family member is the primary operator of the farm.

Homefront Heroes - Big Blue River
Women with family in the military - A woman who has loved ones (e.g., spouse, siblings, children) currently serving in the Armed Forces.

11:00 a.m. - Noon
Breakout Sessions
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

"Who Will Feed Our Hungry Planet?"
Jim Richardson, Freelance Photographer

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
  • 2014 Farm Bill Programs - Terry Hawk, USDA Farm Service Agency - McDowell
  • Trusts (advanced level) - Tim Larson, Attorney, Wichita, Kan. - Tuttle
  • Water Law and Water Rights in Kansas - David Barfield, Kansas Department of Agriculture - Flint Hills
  • Farm Accounting and Recordkeeping Tools and Tips - Jonie James (McPherson County) and Glen Newdigger (Stafford County), K-State Research and Extension - Alcove
  • Kansas Laws for Farm Vehicles - Sgt. Pauline Ferguson, Motor Carrier Inspector, Kansas Highway Patrol - Konza Prairie
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Break and Sponsor Exhibits - Conference Center Foyer

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Visit vendors, Silent Auction continues - Conference Center Foyer

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Dinner on your own/small groups

The Flint Hills Discovery Center, located across the street from the conference hotel, is offering extended hours on Thursday (open until 8 p.m.) and $2 off admission for conference participants. You must present your Women Managing the Farm Conference name tag to receive discounted admission.

7:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.
Optional evening activities for conference attendees:

Wine and Chocolate Reception hosted by Kansas Farm Bureau - McDowell/Tuttle

Chocolate & Charms Event ($30, pre-registration required) - Alcove
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own jewelry? In this event you will be able to learn some basic jewelry techniques while you design and make a pair of earrings. You will go home with a starter tool kit to boot!  Kits will be available in 4 color options: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter with findings in either silver or gold, so please specify your preference when you register. Prior experience is not necessary.

Friday, February 6, 2015
6:00 a.m.
Yoga (optional) - Big Blue River

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

"Policy Update"
Jackie McClaskey, Secretary, Kansas Department of Agriculture

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Break - Conference Center Foyer

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Break - Conference Center Foyer

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
  • Computer-based Decision Making Tool for Farmland Leases - Mykel Taylor, Kansas State University - McDowell/Tuttle
  • Possibilities and Planning Strategically Using Social Media - Lauri Baker, Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, Kansas State University - Alcove
  • Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate? - Mary Lou Odle, retired, K-State Research and Extension - Konza Prairie/Kings
  • Optional track: Kansas Commodity Classic presentations, 9:15-11:30 a.m. - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

Lunch and Keynote Speaker - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

"Lessons Learned from the 3-year Debate on the 2014 Farm Bill"
Dr. Barry L. Flinchbaugh, Professor Emeritus
Department of Agricultural Economics
Kansas State University

2:00 p.m.