Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is scheduled to speak to over 100 agribusiness men and women on August 23 at the Holiday Inn at the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. Agribusiness industry professionals from across Kansas gather annually to network with fellow colleagues before the fall harvest season.
The Attorney General is one of three featured speakers at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) and will be presenting his vision and role in agricultural policy, specifically regarding water and environmental law.
Other highlighted speakers will include Dr. Ron Trewyn, Vice President of Research at Kansas State University, who will share the latest developments of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan and the ongoing research projects at KSU's Pat Roberts' Research Center.
Jay Vroom, President and CEO of CropLife America in Washington D.C., will then update attendees on the newest U.S. Department of Agriculture's initiatives on coexistence of genetically modified crops with conventional and organic agriculture.
The registration includes a welcome dinner on Monday night, Aug. 22 as well a "Nite at the Races" in Aggieville. Golf on Tuesday morning is not part of the registration package.
"A Nite at the Races" is actual horse racing that's been video taped using cameras and narrated from start to finish by many of America's top-rated announcers. Six races will take place with with six payouts. This event will take place in Aggieville at Kite's Legend Room.
Several association business items will also be conducted during the Annual Meeting including a report to the membership on 2010 activities, as well as board of director elections. A complete agenda and registration information can be found at www.ksagretailers.org.
The Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association is a volunteer organization whose membership includes over 700 agribusiness firms that are primarily retail facilities that supply fertilizers, crop protection chemicals, seed, petroleum products and agronomic expertise to Kansas farmers. KARA's membership base also includes ag-chemical and equipment manufacturing firms, distribution firms and various other businesses associated with the retail crop production industry.