More than 300 farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35 are expected to gather in Wichita to network, learn and position themselves as leaders in agriculture and rural Kansas.
The Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Leaders Conference will take place Jan. 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency, 400 West Waterman, Wichita.
"We hope young farmers and ranchers gain knowledge they can take back to their operations, as well as enjoy a weekend of fellowship and networking," says Orrin Holle, a Rawlins County farmer who serves as Chair of the KFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. "The committee has worked hard to come up with a program that is worth time away from the farm."
General session speaker, Mark Mayfield, will use his own Kansas roots and a little humor, to teach five behaviors that help balance life by learning how to deal with life's biggest stressor – people.
During a Saturday afternoon address, the group will hear from KFB President Steve Baccus, an Ottawa County farmer, who will share thoughts and insight into how young farmers and ranchers can influence consumer attitudes.
Other workshops and discussion topics include managing change, water, livestock profitability, transportation, women managing the farm, estate planning and a Capitol Hill update.
A complete agenda is available at www.kfb.org/yfr/conference.htm. Registration is available from County Farm Bureau Association offices through Jan. 11.
Young Farmers & Ranchers, an integral part of Kansas Farm Bureau, are hard-working agriculture professionals dedicated to developing their leadership skills and empowering others to become actively involved in agriculture advocacy, promotion and education.