Conference Agenda

2016 Conference Agenda (subject to change)

2017 agenda will be posted early November.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 (optional events)
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Amazing Grazing III: How to Handle Cattle...Without Getting Handled 
No cost. Pre-registration required.

Location: Stanley Stout Center, 2200 Denison Ave.

(Participants are responsible for transportation.)

Presenter: Lucinda Stuenkel - owner/manager of Sunny Day Farm, Palmer, Kansas

With the right tips, tools and technologies, farmers and ranchers no longer have to rely on physical strength for effective and safe livestock handling. From working chutes to calving, from the routine chores of tagging to weighing, learn tips and tricks to increase your safety and enjoyment – along with animal performance – through lower-stress handling strategies. The women at the Women Managing the Farm Conference can attend this pre-conference workshop to learn how to “handle livestock safely, using less muscle.”  
Lucinda became the manager of her ranch overnight, with the untimely death of her spouse in an automobile accident. Many of the changes on her ranch were made to work safer and smarter, not harder. The techniques in this workshop will also work well for older farmers. Her hope in presenting this workshop is to share her lessons learned; saving other livestock producers the path of trial and error.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Harnessing the Power of Excel
$25. Pre-registration required. Limited to 20 participants. Session is full.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S. 3rd St. (Participants are responsible for transportation.)

Presenter: Rich LlewelynExtension Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University

This hands-on workshop will help participants to better utilize the power of Excel spreadsheets. Participants will work on five different exercises in Excel designed to develop skills in mathematical calculations and formulas, including equations for breakeven prices and yields and using what-if analysis. They will also learn to use "Sum", "Sumproduct", "PMT" and "If" functions, link information from other spreadsheets and create and use look-up tables.

The workshop is entirely hands-on, and attendees will use Excel to create four different spreadsheets, including estimation of machinery costs, budgeting and enterprise analysis, calculating principal and interest payments and analysis of livestock economics. Participants will easily and confidently learn Excel skills by executing them in an interactive setting. 

Laptop computers will be provided for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. The pre-conference session is limited to 20 participants.

Rich Llewelyn is an Extension Assistant in the Department of Agricultural Economics at K-State. Raised on a farm near Riley, KS, he is a three-time graduate of K-State with a B.S. degree in Agronomy, and a Masters and PhD in Agricultural Economics. He spent 13 years teaching economics and working with urban and rural community development in East Java, Indonesia before returning to Kansas in 2006 to work with the website and departmental conferences. He has also taught the “Price Analysis and Forecasting” course for undergraduate students at K-State and uses Excel in class as well as for a multitude of projects.

Growing Grain Knowledge: Safety from Farm to Plate

$25. Pre-registration required. 

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

As producers, we know that the U.S. grows the safest, most affordable food in the world. How do we assure customers that they can feel confident eating the foods we produce? This session will cover issues from on-the-farm safety to marketing the safe foods we grow.

Brandi Miller, IGP Institute, will present on grain engulfment safety. Why does engulfment happen? What should you do if someone becomes entrapped on your farm?

Dr. Bill Schapaugh, Kansas State University soybean breeder, will then take a look at the science perspective behind seed technologies. He will discuss plant breeding in general, including GMOs and conventional plant breeding and the process and safety measures in place. He will emphasize what makes something ‘biotech’ and the differences, similarities, pros/cons of the different plant breeding methods. 

Terry Vinduska, Kansas Corn Commission, will share information he presented during last fall's U.S. State Department/U.S. Grains Council-sponsored mission to China. He will relate the reactions he received from individual Chinese farmers and agribusiness cooperatives that manage large farms. K-State faculty introductions of biotech benefits and the questions that Terry was asked by Chinese who in many cases are told what they can plant by the government will surprise those who have not visited China or interacted with that nation's farmers. Terry will also share photos from the mission as well as his personal observations.

Finally, participants will get some food safety tips for preparing foods in their own homes.

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 4, 2016
7:30 a.m.
Registration Check-in and Continental Breakfast- Conference Center Foyer
Silent Auction opens (ends 9:45 a.m. Friday)
8:30 a.m.
Welcome and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

Think Like a Man, Work Like a Horse, Look Like a Girl: Kansas Women in Agriculture
Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, Associate Professor, Department of History, Kansas State University

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 Session 1

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and General Session - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

Agriculture in Transition: Are You Prepared?
Amy H. Gales, Executive Vice President, CoBank

This session will explore the changes we are experiencing in agriculture as a result of the sharp decline in key commodity prices. We will discuss some of the things we can do as business owners/operators to successfully prepare for the change.

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Session 2

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Break and Sponsor Exhibits - Conference Center Foyer

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Breakout Session 3

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Research Posters
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.

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

Chef Alli hosted by Kansas Farm Bureau - McDowell/Tuttle

Under Pressure? Let's Make Sure It's DINNER, not YOU!
Join Chef Alli for some quick lessons on an old-turned-new kitchen appliance: the pressure cooker! Gone are the days of Grandma's hissing, rattling stove-top contraption that may or may not explode. Instead, the electric pressure cooker of today is safe, efficient, quiet and reduces cooking times by 70 percent. Join Chef Alli and Kansas Farm Bureau to learn the secrets of preparing delicious grains, legumes, soups, stews and tender meats.

Workshop participants will have an opportunity to win a Cuisinart 6-Quart Electric Pressure Cooker!

Friday, February 5, 2016
6:00 a.m.
Yoga (optional) - Conference Center Foyer outside Flint Hills/Kings/Konza Prairie meeting rooms

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

Navigating Negotiations
Mykel Taylor, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University

Agricultural land leases are some of the most important business dealings we encounter in production agriculture. Dr. Taylor will draw from her research and extension programs to offer economics-based strategies for improving lease negotiations and the relationships between landowners and tenants.

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

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Session 4

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

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Session 5

Lunch and Keynote Speaker - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

The American Dinner Plate
Mary Lee Chin, Registered Dietition, Nutrition Edge Communications

One of the most significant developments over the last two decades is a national conversation about food and how it can be sustainably grown. The problem is that it hasn't been much of a conversation, but instead, a rancorous food fight. Consumer attentiveness to environmental sustainability, nutrition and safety fuels movements such as local and organic, urban farming, and community supported agriculture. Meanwhile farmers, who are less than two percent of the population, are challenged to produce affordable food for the rest of the 98 percent in a tough agricultural climate, utilizing modern conventional and innovative technologies often little understood by the public. Examine consumer's food philosophies and compare conventional, organic and GMO food production by nutritional, economic and environmental measure, and weigh the necessity for co-existence to meet current and future food needs.

2:00 p.m.