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3i Show marks 70 years in 2024

The 70th annual 3i Show will be March 12-14 in Dodge City, Kan.

Jennifer M. Latzke

December 11, 2023

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The 70th annual 3i Show will be March 12-14 at the Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City, Kan. Jennifer M. Latzke

Organizers are planning celebrations for the 70th annual 3i Show, which will be March 12-14 at the Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City, Kan.

New this year will be a Mobile Dairy Classroom, put on by SouthWest/SouthLand Dairy Farmers, according to the Western Kansas Manufacturers Association, which organizes the show. This traveling milking parlor will feature a live cow and a farmer teaching children about the dairy industry.

The “home business” area of the 3i Show will return by popular demand, according to the 3i Show staff. And once again, the Dodge City Chamber of Commerce will open the show with a ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. March 12, followed by a Posting of the Colors and a gun salute to honor all veterans by the American Legion Post 47 Honor Guard.

For schedule updates or to contact organizers, call the WKMA office at 620-227-8082 or visit 3iShow.com.

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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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