More than 400 farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35 will gather next month in Wichita to network, learn and help position themselves as leaders in agriculture and rural Kansas.
The Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Leaders Conference will be Jan. 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 W. Waterman, Wichita. The theme for this years' conference is "Farming Beyond Your Field."
The KFB Young Farmers & Ranchers program is designed to help identify and develop the next generation of agriculture leaders. The Leaders Conference will help point out ways for young farmers and ranchers to influence farm policy and public opinion through involvement and participation in Farm Bureau.
During a Saturday morning keynote address, the KFB Young Farmers & Ranchers will hear from Dr. Jeff Stamp, recognized globally as a master creative practitioner in over 30 different industries, including food processing, advanced agriculture and venture capital. Stamp's topic is "Creative Innovation: The Entrepreneurial Imperative."
Also on the agenda is a presentation from Troy and Stacy Hadrick, 5th generation ranchers from South Dakota, who will share their success in tapping into public trust of farmers and ranchers and actually influencing hearts and minds of those not directly connected with agriculture.
Detailed information, including the formal agenda, can be found at www.kfb.org/yfr. Registration deadline is Jan. 14.