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Kansas Wheat District Meetings coming soon to a town near you


All wheat farmers are invited to attend the 2009 Kansas Wheat District Meetings, held in eight Kansas communities, beginning Feb. 3.

The District Meetings feature a number of topics of interest to today's wheat producers. Presentation topics and presenters include:

--Fungicide and Disease Update. Representatives of Bayer Crop Science;

--Is Your Farm Adequately Insured? Representatives of KFSA, Inc.;

--Biomass for Ethanol: an Emerging Marketplace. Researchers from K-State Research & Extension;

--An Update from Kansas Wheat: Biotechnology, Policy, Urban Outreach, Plant Innovation Center and more. Kansas Wheat staff.

"Our goal is to generate discussion on new tools and industry changes so that farmers can be more innovative," said Dana Peterson, producer policy specialist with Kansas Wheat--the cooperative agreement between the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. "These meetings are designed to ignite innovation in those who choose to participate."

Eight locations throughout the state have been secured for the District Meetings. Dates, times and locations are:

--Feb. 3 9 a.m. Finney County Fairgrounds Grandstand Meeting Room, Garden City;

--Feb. 3 4 p.m. Colby Community Building Little Theater, Colby;

--Feb. 9 9 a.m. KSU Ag Research Center Auditorium, Hays;

--Feb. 9 4 p.m. Cloud Co. Community College Cook Theater, Concordia;

--Feb. 18 9 a.m. Southeast Area Experiment Station Auditorium, Parsons;

--Feb. 18 4 p.m. Rusty Eck Ford Conference Room, Wichita.

Each meeting is expected to last about three hours and will end with a free meal, Peterson said.

"We hope farmers will gain new insight into the practical aspects of insurance and regulations and participate in discussion about big picture changes in our agriculture industry," she said.

Attendance to the 2009 District Meetings is free, but reservations are requested to provide an accurate meal count. Call 866-75-WHEAT to reserve your seat.

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