Conference Agenda

2016 agenda will be available in late November. Please check back soon.

2016 Conference Agenda (subject to change)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 (optional events)
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Amazing Grazing III: How to Handle Cattle...Without Getting Handled 
No cost. Pre-registration required.

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

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

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.

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.)

Details for this track will be available soon!
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, 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

"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

Amy H. Gales, Executive Vice President, CoBank

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
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.
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 activities for conference attendees:

Chef Alli hosted by Kansas Farm Bureau - McDowell/Tuttle

Friday, February 5, 2015
6:00 a.m.
Yoga (optional) - Big Blue River

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

"Land Leasing and Negotiating"
Mykel Taylor, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University

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
Lunch and Keynote Speaker - Big Basin/Kaw Nation

Mary Lee Chin, Dietitian, Nutrition Edge Communications

2:00 p.m.