Information on grain markets, the weather outlook for the coming year and projects in some of the state's key commodities will all be part of the annual Kansas Commodity Classic in Manhattan on Feb. 13. Mitch Holthus, the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, will be the featured speaker.
Registration for the annual convention begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Four Points Inn, 530 Richards Drive in Manhattan. The Classic is the annual convention of the Kansas Corn, Wheat and Grain Sorghum Associations.
The Commodity Classic is open to all producers without charge and includes a complimentary lunch.
The emcee for this year's Commodity Classic will be 2011 National Farm Broadcaster of the Year Greg Akagi, from WIBW and the Kansas Agriculture Network.
On the agenda
The morning session will open at 9 a.m., with remarks from Acting Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey, followed by a presentation on the Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas. The Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas will align the priority of growing the Kansas economy with the strategies and actions necessary to ensure a reliable water supply is available to support that growth. Growers will have the opportunity to discuss the vision and ask questions.
A meteorologist will discuss the weather outlook for 2014. John Floros, dean of K-State College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension will make comments about current projects.
Shannon Schlecht, director of policy, U.S. Wheat Associates, will discuss exports and trade. Schlecht is located in USW Headquarters in Arlington, Va. He has also had stints in USW's Middle East, East and North Africa Region in Cairo, Egypt, and West Coast Office in Portland, Ore.
Darrell Holaday, of Country Futures in Frankfort, Kan., will provide an update on commodity markets.
After lunch, Mitch Holthus, the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, will be the featured speaker, sponsored by Frontier Farm Credit.
Holthus is the longest tenured and most decorated play-by-play "voice" in franchise history. Holthus is also the host of the Hy-Vee Chiefs Insider television show. In addition, he originates the "Minute with Mitch" radio and television series which is seen and heard in five states. His work is also featured on kschiefs.com.
Registration and other information
The Kansas Commodity Classic is sponsored by the Kansas Agriculture Network, Kansas Corn Growers Association, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association. Pre-registration for the event is encouraged and can be made by calling 866-759-4328 or online at kswheat.com.