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Updates from key commodity groups, a look at markets in the upcoming year and a keynote address from Attorney Gen. Derek Schmidt are on tap

January 17, 2016

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February 11 is the day to learn all about the prospects for the grain markets, both locally and around the world as members of the Kansas Corn, Wheat and Grain Sorghum associations meet at the Kansas Commodity Classic in Manhattan,

There will updates on all the activities of Kansas's key commodities groups as well as a keynote address by Kansas Attorney General Derek.

The Kansas Commodity Classic is the annual convention of the Kansas Corn, Wheat and Grain Sorghum Associations, and will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.


There is no registration charge and lunch is complimentary, but pre-registration is requested to help organizers with planning the event.


The Classic will be emceed by 2011 National Farm Broadcaster of the Year Greg Akagi, from WIBW and the Kansas Agriculture Network.

The morning session will open at 9 a.m. where Darrell Holaday, of Country Futures in Frankfort,  will provide an update on commodity markets.

Representatives of national grain organizations will give updates in some of the state's key commodities such as Chris Novak, CEO, National Corn Growers Association, Tim Lust, CEO, National Sorghum Producers, and Dalton Henry, Director of Policy, U.S. Wheat Associates.

Mike Dwyer, chief economist, U.S. Grains Council, will discuss international trade. Dwyer provides regular reports and analysis of developments in global supply and demand for coarse grains and products as well as develops and maintains information on changing market conditions that will benefit the Council's overseas contacts.

The U.S. Grains Council is a private, non-profit partnership of agribusinesses and producers committed to building and expanding international markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and their products. The Council has 10 international offices that oversee programs in more than 50 countries.

After lunch, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will be the featured keynote speaker.

Derek Schmidt was elected the 44th attorney general of Kansas in 2010 and was reelected to a second term in 2014. Before being elected attorney general, Schmidt served as a Kansas State Senator representing part of Southeast Kansas, as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and as the Senate Majority Leader.

The Kansas Commodity Classic is hosted by the Kansas Corn Growers Association, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association. The event is sponsored by the following industry sponsors: Syngenta, Farmway Coop and Farm Credit Association of Kansas

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