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State events and contests offer online, in-person options

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KANSAS DIGEST: Opportunities for learning and competition abound across the state of Kansas in July and August.
Kansas Digest: Risk and profit and other learning opportunities for farm managers, cowboy poetry contest, photography contest and more.

The 2021 Risk and Profit Conference, hosted by the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics, will be a combination online and in-person learning experience this year.

The live, in-person meeting will be held Aug. 19 and 20 at the K-State Alumni Center, in Manhattan, Kan., and will include four general sessions and seven breakouts over the course of two days. Participants can register for two days or just one day. Registration for the in-person meeting also includes access to the online sessions the next week.

The live online sessions will be Aug. 23 to 27, and will include two breakout sessions each day from noon to 1:30 pm. Online registration includes access to recordings of the general sessions from the in-person meeting.

To register and get more speaker details, visit

Cowboy poetry contest

The Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development announces that its 2021 Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest will be conducted online. Poets are invited to enter by posting videos of themselves presenting their self-written, original cowboy poems. Contestants from any state are welcome, and winners in the humorous and serious categories will each receive the Governor’s Trophy Buckle. Entries are due online by July 23.

The Youth Roundup competition will also be online, and is open to Kansas youth ages 18 and younger. There is no charge to enter, and youth contestants will write an original Western-themed poem and post a video of themselves presenting it online. Top winners will receive educational scholarships of $500, $300, and $200, as well as other prizes. Youth Roundup entries are due by Aug. 6.

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Kansas Governor’s Summit on Ag Growth

The Kansas Department of Agriculture will host the state’s agriculture community in person for its sixth annual Kansas Governor’s Summit on Agricultural Growth Aug. 26, at the Manhattan Conference Center in Manhattan, Kan.

The 2021 Ag Growth Summit will be a blend of in-person events and online meetings. The summit’s main event will be held at the Manhattan Conference Center, with in-person attendance highly encouraged. For several weeks prior to the summit, which began July 1, a series of virtual sector breakout sessions will lead up to the summit’s main event.

Those sector breakout sessions will again be held via Zoom, with a strong emphasis on collaborative discussion. The individual meetings will vary based on the needs and interests of each sector. A full schedule of the sector breakout sessions, along with registration information, can be found at

Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation, with Farm Credit, is accepting applications for the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge through Aug. 20. This national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies that are providing solutions to challenges faced by America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Farm Bureau will award $165,000 in startup funds. This year’s theme is solutions to traditional or new and emerging challenges.

To learn more, visit

K-State Ag Lenders Conference

Kansas State University’s annual Agricultural Lenders Conferences are designed to provide the Kansas financial community with updates on current agricultural topics. Producers, landlords, crop insurance agents and agribusiness managers, as well as lenders and bankers, can all find useful information.

This year’s conferences will be Sept. 28 at the Clarion Inn in Garden City, Kan., and Sept. 29 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kan.

For more information, visit

Farm Bureau photo contest

The Kansas Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee is accepting entries for its annual photo contest through Oct. 1. The contest is open to all Farm Bureau members of any age in Kansas, either amateur or professional. Cash prizes up to $300 will be awarded. Details can be found at





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