Joining together for the third Ag Ed Symposium, members of the Kansas Young Farmers Educational Association, the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators (KAAE) and the State FFA Alumni members will meet Jan. 28 and 29 to jointly host all three state conventions.

The symposium will be conducted in Hutchinson, at the Ramada Inn.

While everyone cherishes the rich traditions of the agricultural industry and agricultural education, everyone must prepare for the dramatic changes and challenges families, businesses and communities will face in the 21st century. As the future unfolds for agricultural education, a person won't want to miss the opportunity to attend and participate in the fifth Ag Ed Symposium and help the visions of ag ed become a reality.

Friday, at 1 p.m., symposium participants will have the opportunity to select a hands-on workshop. Options include global vision, floriculture and plant propagation and Global Position Systems.

K-State night will be celebrated Friday evening. Jamie Clover Adams, Kansas secretary of agriculture, will be the featured speaker, at the banquet, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday will begin with a continental breakfast, at 7:30 a.m., followed by a joint opening session, with the introduction of presenters and association leaders. During the morning session, participants will have the opportunity to attend rotational workshops. The workshop topics and presenters include: creating alliances, today's technology, grain marketing, a presentation by a commodity broker and welding technology. At 11:15 a.m., each group will have delegate sessions. The KYF and alumni awards' luncheon will be at 12 noon.

Participants will choose one tour to attend during the afternoon. Tours include Mega Manufacturing, KSU Experiment Station, Stutzman's Greenhouse and the Kansas Cosmosphere.

A silent article auction will be held throughout the day. At 5:45 p.m. will be the banquet, with the presentation of major awards for all three groups. After the banquet, there will be the article auction. The dollars raised during the two auctions will be used to provide scholarships for FFA members to attend the Washington Leadership Conference, in Washington, DC.

Plan to attend this exciting and educational weekend, as the FFA Alumni, YF and the KAAE are "Adding Value to Kansas Agriculture."

The mission of agricultural education is to provide a total dynamic educational system. It is all three groups' goal to aspire to excellence as they recruit, prepare and support individuals in agricultural careers. The family of ag ed works together jointly to serve the people and inform them about agriculture, its needs, opportunities and challenges.

For more information and to receive a registration packet, please call the State FFA office, at 785-532-6424.

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