More than 200 grain handlers are expected to gather in Wichita on April 13 and for the 119th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association. Grain and feed industry professionals from across Kansas gather annually to network with colleagues before the summer harvest season.
This year's meeting will begin on Monday night with a prime rib dinner and hospitality receptions.
A full day of activities begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday with breakfast and the presentation of the Sunflower Award. Kansas Farm Bureau president Richard Felts will be the breakfast speaker. Felts, a Montgomery County farmer was elected president of the organization in 2014. He and his wife, Shirley, have four grown children.
KFGA members will also get an update on national issues from Randy Gordon, National Grain and Feed President. Gordon has been with NGFA for 36 years and was selected as president in September 2012, following the retirement of his predecessor.
Gordon is a Nebraska native with degrees in journalism, history and political science. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Serve Award from the Association of American Feed Control, one of only eight industry members to earn that recognition in the organization's 100-year history.
A final speaker will be Jeff Lanza, who was an FBI Special Agent for more than 20 years. Lanza will address the topic of cyber security and business fraud protection.
As an FBI agent, he investigated corruption, fraud, organized crime, cyber-crime, human trafficking and terrorism.
He was head of operations and security for the Kansas City FBI and is an FBI certified instructor as well as a professional speaker who has provided over 1,000 presentations on theh topics of leadership integrity, crisis communication, ethics, identity theft, cyber-crime and more.
Other important business including a report to the membership on 2014 activities as well as board of director elections will be conducted . A complete agenda can be found at www.ksgrainandfeed.org.
Founded in 1896, the Topeka-based KGFA is a voluntary non-profit, trade organization providing governmental representation, educational opportunities and a wide variety of other services to the vast and indispensable grain and feed marketing system.
KGFA’s 900 members include country elevators, sub terminal and terminal elevators, feed manufacturers, flour mills, grain merchandisers and allied industries such as grain exchanges, equipment manufacturers, insurance firms and railroads. KGFA is proud to represent 98% of the federal or state licensed grain storage in the state of Kansas.