The 94th annual Kansas Farm Bureau convention will bring together more than 1,000 Farm Bureau members from Kansas at the Manhattan Convention Center and Hilton Garden Inn through Wednesday.
The annual conference opened Monday with workshops, public policy issues and meetings tailored to county leaders. Morning activities allowed participants to view presentations by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and other groups on topics ranging from how to build connections with consumers to discussions on what consumers want to know about their food. Tuesday’s registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with workshops starting at 8 a.m. Covered topics will include crop insurance and risk management, Kansas’s animal agriculture, succession planning, animal disease traceability and drought preparation. An award ceremony will take place, recognizing the county Farm Bureau and county coordinators for their services. The young farmers and ranchers contest winners will also be announced.
At Tuesday’s dinner banquet, the Peterson brothers of Assaria will be recognized for their viral YouTube video, “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” performed to the song, “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” by LMFAO. Their video has had more than 7.5 million views on YouTube. In addition to the Peterson brothers, 10 Kansas farm families will be recognized for service to the Bureau and their communities. An award for natural resources will also be given out.
Wednesday’s events will start with registration at 8 a.m. Program topics will include the adoption of 2013 policy statements by 400 voting delegates and discussions for farm and ranch leaders on subjects including water, animal care and school finances.
The Kansas Farm Bureau was established in 1919 as a non-profit advocacy organization to support farm families through leadership development, agriculture education, legal defense, environmental advocacy, farm safety, risk management, rural development and international trade.