Last month, more than a dozen members and friends of the Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association traveled to Germany to attend Agritechnica, the world’s largest agriculture exposition in the world. The global event happens every other year and draws 2,900 exhibitors from 47 countries with an estimated 100,000 visitors from around the world.
Twelve people participated in the group travel opportunity, representing all parts of the state of Kansas. Included in the group were Terry and Marilyn Kastens, Gary and Dianna Kastens, Mark and Kim Viets, Tony Stueve, John Krueger, Lee Scheufler, Dan Taylor, Denton Haag, and Matt Wolters. Each participant received a small scholarship from KARTA to help underwrite the cost of the trip.
Two of KARTA’s volunteer board members, Matt Wolters and Ajay Sharda, organized the educational travel experience. “The goal for the trip was to provide our members with an opportunity to experience the premiere agriculture equipment show and learn alongside other producers and researchers,” Wolters says. “We also incorporated numerous tours, sightseeing opportunities, and experiences with the food and culture of Germany. It was a memorable trip for everyone.”
In addition to spending two days at Agritechnica, the group toured both Fendt and Horsch manufacturing facilities along with the KWS Global Headquarters and several German farming operations. “A portion of this travel experience was in conjunction with a group of Agriculture Engineering Faculty from Land Grant Institutions across the country,” Wolters says. “This provided participants a unique opportunity to interact and build relationships with the precision ag, technology, and academic leaders from across the United States.”
The group will share a report on their trip, along with lots of interesting photos, during a presentation at the 19th Annual Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference January 21-22, 2016 in Junction City, Kansas. Registration for the conference is now open online at www.kartaonline.org. For more information, email [email protected] or contact Wolters at 785-626-2791. A complete photo gallery is available on our Facebook page.