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Young farmers and ranchers to build leadership, advocacy skills

Kansas Farm Bureau 'YF&R' event set for January in Wichita


More than 400 farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35 are expected to gather next month in Wichita to network, learn and position themselves as leaders in agriculture and rural Kansas.

The Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Leaders Conference will take place Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Hyatt Regency, 400 West Waterman, Wichita.

"We hope young farmers and ranchers gain knowledge they can take back to their operations, as well as enjoy a weekend of fellowship and networking," said Derek Sawyer, a McPherson County farmer who serves as chair of the KFB Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. "The committee has worked hard to come up with a program that is worth time away from the farm."

General session speaker, Jolene Brown, will help conference participants "talk our walk" as they lead and navigate their journeys in changing times. Gracia Burnham, a former missionary taken captive in the Philippines, will offer the closing session remarks.

During the Jan. 31 afternoon address, the group will have the opportunity to "Stump Steve," in an unscripted, back-and-forth dialogue with KFB President Steve Baccus, an Ottawa County farmer. Baccus also serves on the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.

Other workshops and discussion topics include balancing family and business, land stewardship, livestock profitability, animal welfare and rural development.

A complete agenda is available at Registration is available from County Farm Bureau Association offices through Jan. 16.

Young Farmers & Ranchers, an integral part of Kansas Farm Bureau, are hard-working agriculture professionals dedicated to developing their leadership skills and empowering others to become actively involved in agriculture advocacy, promotion and education.

Kansas Farm Bureau represents grassroots agriculture. Established in 1919, this non-profit advocacy organization supports farm families who earn their living in a changing industry.

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Date: 1/20/09


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