It is time to mark your calendar make your reservation for the annual Kansas Soybean Expo, which will be held at the Capital Plaza Hotel's Maner Conference Center in Topeka on Jan. 8.
The Kansas Soybean Association, with financial support from the Kansas Soybean Commission organizes the annual event, which is open to soybean farmers and their industry partners. Each year, it coincides with the Topeka Farm Show.
Registration and exhibits will open at 8:30 a.m. at the Kansas Expocentre, with the program set for 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. A reception follows from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.
The opening session will feature a "Soybean Update" moderated by Gary Kilgore, a Kansas State University professor emeritus of agronomy. The presenters will be William Schapaugh, K-State professor of soybean breeding and genetics; David Mengel, K-State professor of soil fertility and nutrient management and Xiuzhi Susan Sun, K-State distinguished professor of grain science and industry. Their respective topics will be soybean-variety research, use of different fertility rates and nutrients for soybean production, and new uses for soybeans.
Next, representatives from the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, U.S. Soybean Export Council and Cargill will discuss sustainability and international opportunities for U.S. soy.
During the morning break, members of the KSA policy committee will be on hand to answer questions and take input about the association's positions for 2014. The current resolutions are available at the KSA website.
Bruce Vincent from Libby, Mont., will present the keynote address, "With Vision, There Is Hope." As a Montana logger 20 years ago, activists targeted his business through legislation and vandalism. Vincent will tell the audience how important it is for people with a vested interest in agriculture to prevent activist interference in farming by heightening their involvement in the public-policy arena and industry membership organizations.
Duane Toews, the farm director for KFRM-AM 550 in Clay Center, will be the master of ceremonies at the luncheon, where Gov. Sam Brownback is the invited speaker. KSA and KSC will present awards and recognitions, including the DuPont Young Leader, the Conservation Legacy Award, the Kansas Soybean Yield and Quality Contests winners, and meritorious service awards.
KSA President Terry Reschke, Hiawatha, then will preside over the association's annual meeting, which will include the approval of policy resolutions and the board of directors elections.
The afternoon session will focus on planning for the future when Darin Newsom, DTN senior analyst, will present "2014 Soybeans: Last Man Standing?"
The complete schedule and registration form are available at the KSA website or by calling the Kansas Soybean office at 877-577-6923. All soybean farmers are welcome to attend. The registration fees are $15 for KSA members ($20 with a spouse) and $20 for other guests, with a $5 discount for anyone who registers by Jan. 2, 2014.