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Save the dates for these conferences around the state

Fall and winter are the time when farmers and ranchers gather. Add these dates to your calendar.

Jennifer M. Latzke

November 11, 2022

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TAKE NOTE: Fall and winter conference season is nearing. Be sure to get these dates on your calendar to learn and to add your voice to policy debates.rihardzz/Getty images

When the harvest equipment is put away and cattle are shipped, it’s time for Kansas farmers and ranchers to head to town to gather for annual conventions.

Whether you go for the educational sessions, the motivational speakers, or the agricultural policy updates, there’s something for everyone when farmers gather at their organizational meetings. Here are just a few you may want to add to your calendars:

  • Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas. This 11th annual conference will be Nov. 16-17 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan. Hear from water experts about the latest policy and research developments of water issues in the state, and learn more about the updated Kansas Water Plan. Find registration information and the agenda at Governor's Water Conference.

  • Kansas Farmers Union. The 115th gathering of the Kansas Farmers Union will be held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Salina. Find registration information and the agenda at kansasfarmersunion.com.

  • Kansas Livestock Association. The KLA Convention and Trade Show will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the Hyatt Regency and Century II, Wichita. For registration and schedule details, visit kla.org/events-meetings/annual-convention.

  • Kansas Farm Bureau. The 104th annual meeting of the Kansas Farm Bureau will be held from Dec. 3 to 5 in Manhattan. Along with annual awards, educational sessions and policy updates, the membership will be voting on policy resolutions and a new president. Information can be found at kfb.org/article/kansas-farm-bureaus-104th-annual-meeting.

  • Kansas Commodity Classic. The annual gathering of the Kansas corn, grain sorghum, soybean and wheat associations will be held Jan. 27 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Salina. Watch for further details and registration at kansascommodityclassic.com.

  • Great Plains Cotton Conference. Cotton growers from Kansas, as well as neighboring farmers in Oklahoma and Texas, will meet Feb. 28 at the Pratt County 4-H Events Center, Pratt, Kan., according to the National Cotton Council’s calendar. More details will be announced closer to the event.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer M. Latzke

Editor, Kansas Farmer

Through all her travels, Jennifer M. Latzke knows that there is no place like Kansas.

Jennifer grew up on her family’s multigenerational registered Angus seedstock ranch and diversified farm just north of Woodbine, Kan., about 30 minutes south of Junction City on the edge of the Kansas Flint Hills. Rock Springs Ranch State 4-H Center was in her family’s backyard.

While at Kansas State University, Jennifer was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and a national officer for the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. She graduated in May 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a minor in animal science. In August 2000 Jennifer started her 20-year agricultural writing career in Dodge City, Kan., on the far southwest corner of the state.

She’s traveled across the U.S. writing on wheat, sorghum, corn, cotton, dairy and beef stories as well as breaking news and policy at the local, state and national levels. Latzke has traveled across Mexico and South America with the U.S. Wheat Associates and toured Vietnam as a member of KARL Class X. She’s traveled to Argentina as one of 10 IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism. And she was part of a delegation of AAEA: The Ag Communicators Network members invited to Cuba.

Jennifer’s an award-winning writer, columnist, and podcaster, recognized by the Kansas Professional Communicators, Kansas Press Association, the National Federation of Presswomen, Livestock Publications Council, and AAEA. In 2019, Jennifer reached the pinnacle of achievements, earning the title of “Writer of Merit” from AAEA.

Trips and accolades are lovely, but Jennifer says she is happiest on the road talking to farmers and ranchers and gathering stories and photos to share with readers.

“It’s an honor and a great responsibility to be able to tell someone’s story and bring them recognition for their work on the land,” Jennifer says. “But my role is also evolving to help our more urban neighbors understand the issues our Kansas farmers face in bringing the food and fiber to their store shelves.”

She spends her time gardening, crafting, watching K-State football, and cheering on her nephews and niece in their 4-H projects. She can be found on Twitter at @Latzke.

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