Can’t Miss Events

11/19
Tuesday

KABC Sporting Clay Shoot

Lynbrooke Sporting Clays | 10 a.m.

Bring your best aim and bust some clay pigeons to support the Kansas Agri Business Council, your association’s political fundraising entity.

Kick-off Party

Hyatt Hotel | Trails Room | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

We’re taking the words ‘surviving and thriving’ to a whole new level this year. Check out the kick-off party, our thank you to your generous support of the 2018 Kansas Agri Business Expo.

11/20
Wednesday

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Tradeshow Floor | 10 a.m.

Join Kansas Grain and Feed Association Chairman, Bob Tempel, Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association Chairman, Lance Nelson, and Association President and CEO, Ron Seeber, as we cut the ribbon to officially open the 2019 Kansas Agri Business Expo.

Lunch on the Tradeshow Floor

Tradeshow Floor | Noon

A delicious selection of home-cooked style food.

Agriculture Workforce Development
Russell Plaschka
Kansas Dept. of Agriculture

Tradeshow Floor | 1:30 p.m.

The Agriculture Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach team works with farmers/ranchers and agribusinesses to identify current and future needs in regards to the skills needed for workforce.

The team also works with secondary and post-secondary educational institutions to develop training solutions for the workforce needs of the industry. Creating partnerships between industry and education that ensures a pipeline of qualified individuals to fill the needs of the agricultural employers is the primary workforce development goal at KDA.

CRISPR-Based Precision Breeding in Wheat
Dr. Eduard Akhunov
Kansas State University

Tradeshow Floor | 2:00 p.m.

Eduard Akhunov received his PhD from the Institute of Genetics in Moscow, Russia, where he focused on regulation of gene transcription in wheat. He came to the University of California, Davis as a visiting scientist and now is an associate professor at Kansas State University in the Department of Plant Pathology. His interests lie in understanding the genomic architecture and biology of modern wheat. This includes the development and applications of next-generation genotyping and sequencing tools, comparative genomics, population genetics, and bioinformatics to ultimately improve wheat production.

Kansas Fuel Retailers’ Benefits from Offering Higher Ethanol Blends
Josh Roe
Kansas Corn

Tradeshow Floor | 2:30 p.m.

Josh Roe serves as the Vice-President for Market Development and Public Policy for Kansas Corn. He previously worked for the Kansas Department of Agriculture as Assistant and Deputy Secretaries.

Josh is a native of northcentral Kansas where he was raised on a family crop and cattle operation that he plays an active role in managing today. Josh represents the 7th generation in his family to own and operate the farm. Josh also has business interests in meat retail and consulting businesses.

He holds B.S. and M.S degrees in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University and Iowa State University. His specialties include economic impact modeling, agricultural finance and taxation, farm management and bio fuel economics.

Tradeshow Floor Reception

Tradeshow Floor | 3 – 6 p.m.

After you’ve walked the 95,000 square foot floor all day, you’re going to need something to eat and drink, so we’re going to continue showering exhibitors and attendees with heavy appetizers and refreshments.

Scholarship Auction

Tradeshow Floor | 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association partner to award deserving Kansas students more than $30,000 annually in scholarships. This is the only fundraiser for the scholarships, so keep the future of agribusiness strong by bidding high and bidding often.

Chairmen’s Reception

Hyatt Hotel | 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Kansas Grain and Feed Association Chairwoman, Deb Miller, and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association Chairman, Lance Nelson, invite you to attend a formal reception celebrating the 2019 Kansas Agri Business Expo.

11/21
Thursday

Through the Eyes of a Patient
Rebekah Gregory
Keynote Speaker

Hyatt Hotel | 7:30 a.m.

Rebekah Gregory is a wife and mother whose life was forever changed due to the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. This act of terrorism may have claimed her leg, but it could not claim her spirit. Since then, Rebekah has used her platform in a huge way by traveling all over the country speaking out against evil, and encouraging people to turn their obstacles into opportunities.

Tradeshow Opens

Hyatt Hotel | 9:30 a.m.

After you’ve listened to a great speaker, go ahead and cruise the tradeshow floor again. You never know what kind of good deals you may get…

Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over?
Technical Troopers Brent Lies and Matthew Mullen
Kansas Highway Patrol

Tradeshow Floor | 10:30 a.m.

My career with the Kansas Highway Patrol began in March of 1995 as a road Trooper assigned to Sedgwick County. I became CVSA Level III certified in 1996, and Level II certified in 2003. I joined the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) in December, 2006 where I conduct roadside safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles. I give numerous safety programs, instruct at the KHP training center and Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. I am required to complete 720 roadside inspections per year. During my time with the Kansas Highway Patrol, I was a firearms instructor/rangemaster for eight years, a training academy coach for two recruit classes, and I am currently a member of the KHP’s Honor Guard detail and the Mobile Field Force team.

My career with the Kansas Highway Patrol began in January 2001, as a road Trooper assigned to Sedgwick County. I became CVSA Level III certified in 2001, and Level II certified in 2006. I joined the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) in December, 2013 where I conduct roadside safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles. I give numerous safety programs, instruct at the KHP training center and Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. I am required to complete 720 roadside inspections per year. During my time with the Kansas Highway Patrol, I held assignments as: a firearms instructor/rangemaster for five years, a field training officer, and a forensic crime scene mapper with the Patrol’s Critical Highway Accident Reconstruction Team. I am currently an instructor for transporting hazardous materials within the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, and a member of the Patrol’s Mobile Field Force unit.

The State of the Biodiesel Industry
Dennis Hupe
Kansas Soybean Commission

Tradeshow Floor | 11:00 a.m.

Dennis Hupe serves as the Director of Field Services for the Kansas Soybean Commission and the Kansas Soybean Association. In that role, he provides outreach and support in programs relating to soybean producers, association members, fuel distributors, first purchasers and school children education.

During his career as a farmer and hog producer, he spent eight years as the first vice-president for the Kansas Farm Bureau. It was in that management role that he worked with policy development, investments, personnel issues, strategic planning and the development of the Kansas Farm Bureau’s political action committee. He later spent a year for the State of Kansas as the Director of Agricultural Product Development under Governor Graves.

Dennis received his undergraduate degree from Kansas University and resides in Perry with his wife and two children.

Using Predictive Agriculture to Leapfrog Technologies in Sorghum
Jesse McCurry and Sarah Sexton-Bowser
Kansas Grain Sorghum & Center for Sorghum Improvement

Tradeshow Floor | 11:30 a.m.

Jesse McCurry, who lives in Colwich, is an experienced agricultural advocate, with expertise in agriculture, ethanol and public policy. He most recently worked for National Sorghum Producers and United Sorghum Checkoff Program as a regional director. Previously, McCurry served as an economic development representative at Kansas Department of Commerce, business development representative at KCOE ISOM and director of individual giving at Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters.

McCurry serves on the KARL Inc. board of directors, the Kansas Technical Committee for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Regional Advisory Committee for the Equus-Walnut.

He holds a master’s in speech communication and a bachelor’s in agricultural communications and journalism from Kansas State University.

Sexton-Bowser brings an extensive background in the grain industry to her new role. She served as a regional director with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and as vice president of membership services and external affairs for the Kansas Grain and Feed Association, Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association and Kansas Association of Ethanol Processors.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics with a specialty in political science at Kansas State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.

Lunch on the Tradeshow Floor

Tradeshow Floor | Noon

A delicious assortment of home-style cuisine.

Evening Entertainment (Dueling Pianos by Howl2Go)

Hyatt Hotel | 5 – 8 p.m.

Howl2GO brings the world famous Howl at the Moon show to your event! We deliver the official traveling version of the Howl Dueling Piano phenomenon to make your party

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