Kansas Soybean Expo 2014 to share opportunities, vision for farmers
Soybean farmers and their industry partners will gather Jan. 8, 2014, in Topeka for the Kansas Soybean Expo. The Kansas Soybean Association organizes the annual event, with financial support from the Kansas Soybean Commission, to coincide with the Topeka Farm Show.
It is at the Capital Plaza Hotel’s Maner Conference Center at the Kansas Expocentre. Registration and exhibits open at 8:30 a.m., with the program scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. A reception will follow from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The opening session will feature a “Soybean Update” moderated by Gary Kilgore, a Kansas State University professor emeritus of agronomy. The presenters will be William Schapaugh, Ph.D., K-State professor of soybean breeding and genetics; David Mengel, Ph.D., K-State professor of soil fertility and nutrient management; and Xiuzhi Susan Sun, Ph.D., K-State distinguished professor of grain science and industry. Their respective topics will be soybean-variety research, use of different fertility rates and nutrients for soybean production, and new uses for soybeans.
Next, representatives from the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, U.S. Soybean Export Council and Cargill will discuss sustainability and international opportunities for U.S. soy.
During the morning break, members of the KSA policy committee will be on hand to answer questions and take input about the association’s positions for 2014. The current resolutions are available at http://KansasSoybeans.org/policy.
Bruce Vincent from Libby, Mont., will present the keynote address “With Vision, There Is Hope.” As a Montana logger 20 years ago, activists targeted his business through legislation and vandalism. Vincent will tell the audience how important it is for people with a vested interest in agriculture to prevent activist interference in farming by heightening their involvement in the public-policy arena and industry membership organizations.
Duane Toews, the farm director for KFRM-AM 550 in Clay Center, will be the master of ceremonies at the luncheon, where Gov. Sam Brownback is the invited speaker. KSA and KSC will present awards and recognitions, including the DuPont Young Leader, the Conservation Legacy Award, the Kansas Soybean Yield and Quality Contests winners, and meritorious service awards.
KSA President Terry Reschke, Hiawatha, then will preside over the association’s annual meeting, which will include the approval of policy resolutions and the board of directors elections.
The afternoon session will focus on planning for the future when Darin Newsom, DTN senior analyst, will present “2014 Soybeans: Last Man Standing?”
The complete schedule and registration form are available at http://KansasSoybeans.org/expo or by calling the Kansas Soybean office at 877-KS-SOYBEAN (877-577-6923). All soybean farmers are welcome to attend. The registration fees are $15 for KSA members ($20 with a spouse) and $20 for other guests, with a $5 discount for anyone who registers by Jan. 2, 2014.
The Kansas Soybean Association, headquartered in Topeka, is the voice and advocate for soybean farmers on local, state, national and international issues of importance. Founded in 1973, its advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary memberships of about 550 farmers and industry supporters. It also is the primary, administrative contractor to the Kansas Soybean Commission.
The Kansas Soybean Commission includes nine volunteer farmer-commissioners who are elected by their peers. They oversee investments of the legislated “soybean checkoff” assessment in research, consumer information, market development, industry relations and farmer outreach to improve the profit opportunities for all Kansas soybean farmers.