Conference Agenda


2017 Conference Agenda (subject to change)


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 (optional pre-conference events)
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tours of Hildebrand Farms Dairy and Liquid Art Winery 
Cost: $35 (includes transportation)
Pre-registration is required.



Location: Participants meet in Hilton Garden Inn lobby (410 S. 3rd St.) for departure at 1 p.m. Bus returns at 5 p.m.


The beauty of the Estate vineyard along with the 360-degree views of the Flint Hills and Manhattan are breathtaking. It is something worth sharing and we want to enjoy it with you over a nice glass of wine. Save the date for a unique experience found no where else in Kansas. 


From grass to glass, the Hildebrand Farms Dairy family shares the full cycle of their glass-bottled milk product. The Hildebrand Family has been selling their milk directly to their customers since 2008 and in the process has given hundreds of tours to thousands of individuals from all over the world. The on-site farm stores sells their fresh, glass bottled milk in addition to various other locally produced Kansas products. The walking tour of the farm goes through each step of milk production and provides the details of life day-to-day on Hildebrand Farms Dairy. The tour details: nutritional importance of good feed, how the feed is grown, calving, milking and finally processing and distributing the end product. Often visitors can witness the milk being pasteurized and bottled. Hildebrand Farms Dairy host an open house each October they've dubbed their Harvest Festival. The one-day event draws more than 2,500-3,000 guess throughout the day and is yet another opportunity for the Hildebrand family to educate and advocate for the dairy industry. 

Liquid Art Winery and Estate in Manhattan, Kansas is perched on top of a hill and includes a full production winery, tasting room and event center. The Oak Grove Amphitheater and Vineyard Knoll are outdoor venues surrounded by vineyard and the Flint Hills for outdoor ceremonies or private parties. In Spring 2015 10 acres were planted. The event center hosts weddings, corporate meetings and other special events. The winery is a full-production winery and the vintner, David Tegtmeier, does all the wine making on site, including crushing, pressing, fermentation and bottling of the wine.
Flight of 5 wines or hard ciders are $5+tax.  Wine or cider by the glass is $5+tax.  You can also purchase wine by the bottle to take home.  Pricing ranges between $15-$25 per bottle.



Harnessing the Power of Excel
Cost: $25. Pre-registration is required. Limited to 20 participants.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn & Manhattan Conference Center, 410 S. 3rd St.


Presenter: Rich Llewelyn - Extension 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 break-even 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.


This 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.



A Farmer's Guide to Quickbooks
Cost: $25. Pre-registration is required. Limited to 12 participants.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S. 3rd St.


Presenter: Mark Dikeman - Economics and Coordinator of Professional Development and Training, Kansas Farm Management Association, Kansas State University


Computers will be provided for session participants.


This session will provide participants a hands-on introduction to QuickBooks as a farm business bookkeeping program.  Participants will receive a printed manual and will be given examples that will allow them to create a sample farm company file, add bank accounts and loans, enter checks and deposits, work with bills (accounts payable), and create and manage invoices. Participants who complete the session should be equipped to begin using QuickBooks in their farm bookkeeping.



Maximizing Productivity with Ag Technology
Cost: $25. Pre-registration is required.

Location: Stanley Stout Center, 2200 Denison Ave., Manhattan, Kansas (Participants are responsible for their own transportation.)

Presenter: 


Information shared at this session will focus on agricultural technology systems that are currently available and in use. Higher technology equipment will be demonstrated. 

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 9
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

General Session Presenter
David Kohl, President, AgriVisions, LLC

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Breakout Session 1


Farm Service Agency (FSA) Price Support Options - Marketing Assistance Loans/Loan Deficiency Payments/Commodity Certificate Exchanges - McDowell
Jean Kunze Peterson, USDA-Farm Service Agency


Financial Opportunities in Specialty Crop Production Tuttle
Marlin Bates, K-State Research and Extension

Incorporating Yoga into Our Everyday Lives - Alcove
Dusti Gallagher, Flint Hills Fitness

Meals for Harvest - Flint Hills
Anita DeWeese, AJ Farms

Keys to a Successful Landowner-Tenant Relationship - Kings
Janet Pasker, Landowner and Farmer in Brown County, Kansas

Am I Ready for E-Commerce? - Konza Prairie
Cheryl Boyer, K-State Research and Extension

11:00 a.m. - Noon
Breakout Session 2

Feeding the World, Global Food Systems, Plant Pathogens and Public Health - McDowell
James Stack, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University


FSA Farm Loan Opportunities Tuttle
Robert White, USDA-Farm Service Agency

Advance Health Care Planning in Kansas Alcove
Erin Yelland, K-State Research and Extension

Conflict: A Fairy Tail Flint Hills
Victoria Smith, Smith Mediation and Consulting

Land Value/TrendsKings
TBD

The Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement: Helping the Green Industry Navigate the Challenges of Social Media Konza Prairie
Cheryl Boyer, K-State Research and Extension

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


General Session Presenter
David Kohl, President, AgriVisions, LLC

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


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 Managers - Konza 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.


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

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


Communicating on Controversial SubjectsMcDowell
Lawrence Scharmann, University of Nebraska


Knife Skills 101 / Freezer Meals Tuttle
Jennifer Kern, Certified Chef and Culinary Consultant / Erin Petersilie, K-State Research and Extension

Positioning for Success During the Downturn in the Ag Economy Alcove
Chad Gent, Frontier Farm Credit and Farm Credit Services of America

Economics of Reproduction - Cow/Calf Flint Hills
Sandy Johnson, Northwest Research Extension Center, Kansas State University

Saving the Family Barn Kings
Bob Neier, Kansas Barn Alliance

Marketing SessionKonza Prairie
TBD


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:


Cows, Cookin' and Cultivating Meaning McDowell/Tuttle

Join cattle rancher Debbie Lyons-Blythe and Chef Alli for an evening of fun, engagement, and empowerment! Together, these two will bring insight and perspective to the importance of encompassing each of our own unique voices to share the story of agriculture. 

This event is hosted by Kansas Farm Bureau. 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
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

General Session Presenter:
Kristy Archuleta, Program Director and Associate Professor, Personal Financial Planning, Kansas State University


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

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


Health Care Choices McDowell

Erin Petersilie, K-State Research and Extension


Quickbooks Top 5 Tips for Effective Bookkeeping / Top 5 Tax Tips Tuttle
Tammy Bryant, Varney & Associates CPAs, LLC / Julie Spiegel, Varney & Associates CPAs LLC

Mending Fences through Communication, Relationship Building and Timely Resources Alcove
Char Henton, Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services

Her Agriculture Business - Keeping it All in Balance! Flint Hills
Cathy Musick, Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Visioning for Your Farm Kings
Glenn Newdigger and Mark Ploger, K-State Research and Extension, Stafford County

Biofuels Konza Prairie
TBD

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

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

Nuts and Bolts of GMOs McDowell
Harold Trick, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University


Farm Family Transitions: The Good, The Bad and the In-Laws Tuttle
Paige Pratt, Kansas Farm Bureau

Managing Self and Exercising Leadership in Challenging Times Alcove
Patty Clark, Kansas Leadership Center

Production/Finance Protection with Crop Insurance Flint Hills
TBD

Tools for Job Search Kings
TBD

TBD Konza Prairie
TBD


Noon
Lunch and Keynote Speaker - Big Basin/Kaw Nation
Discovering Your Rainbows: Future and Past

Presenter:
Kriss Avery, Owner, Rainbow Sound, St. Louis, Missouri

Have you ever seen a rainbow so vibrant it takes your breath away? Amazing that its emergence depends on a storm.
Storms, rainbows...troubles, triumphs. Most of our lives happen in between our lows and highs in the context of culture. Culture helps us express ourselves and give meaning to our experiences. It shapes our values, gives us ways to ‘fit in’ our communities through the work we choose, the ideas we debate, the holidays we celebrate, even the people we hug...or not.
When we look back on our lives, our memories are entangled with a range of emotions: delight, pride, humor, pain. We open an old photo album, diary or memory box, and we are transported back in time. In a flash, we are reliving the good times, laughing and enjoying the ‘warm, fuzzy feeling’ in our hearts. Then, there are the struggles, especially those dreams that never worked out. Didn’t we learn from them; aren’t they worth honoring, too?
Nowadays, social media provides new ways to exchange memories, especially with the younger set. They respond with their latest selfie—it’s quick fun, and a great way to stay connected when we are far flung.
But, we ask, what do we want to preserve, for our own enlightenment or to pass along to our children and grandchildren so they know where they came from...especially their connection to farming and to the land? What precious stories can we coax from our elders? And what of our dreams, those future rainbows we envision, if only we can clear away the clouds?
Let’s sort through our big piles of life, and review both new and old ways to express, capture, archive, and share what makes life worth living. As we savor each moment, we uplift each other, knowing that “A day is not wasted when a memory is created.”

2:00 p.m.
Adjourn