Upcoming events, workshops, and conferences.

The RAM workshop is a timely education program that will provide farmers with new ideas and risk skills to survive this market down turn.  In addition to low commodity prices, the lack of convergences in the futures contracts will impact the results from short hedges-forward contracts and crop revenue insurance that pays based on a zero basis.  Storage is one method for dealing with the lack of convergence in the futures market, but that will open a new set of risks.

February 28, 2017

In preparation for the 2017 grazing season, K-State Research and Extension is providing a series of six workshops across Kansas to discuss range management concepts and risk management strategies.  These events are supported through grant funding provided by USDA’s Risk Management Agency and its Risk Management Education Partnerships Program.

EASTERN KS locations:  Minneapolis, Cassoday, Williamsburg
WESTERN KS locations:  Syracuse, Ness City, Phillipsburg

February 28, 2017

The share of U.S. farms operated by women nearly tripled over the past three decades, from 5 percent in 1978 to 14 percent by 2012, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Since 2012, the trend is certainly continuing. Whether it be from inheriting farm ground, continuing the family operation, marrying into a farm family, or a host of other reasons, women find themselves in a position that requires knowledge of managing a farm operation with little background experience or training to do so.

March 2 - 9, 2017

This workshop is designed to help Kansas crop producers make profitable marketing decisions for their crops in 2017 – a period forecast to be one of continued large supplies, low selling prices, and limited profitability. 

March 3, 2017
Providing hands-on Excel training

The ability to use Excel spreadsheets allows users to have the capability to benefit from the many Excel calculators and tools publicly available. These day-long workshops will provide hands-on Excel training. The workshops will use laptop computers to allow participants to create their own spreadsheets. Various spreadsheets will be created which will teach the following skills: creating appropriate mathematical formulae and using the correct functions, linking between sheets, using absolute and relative references, formatting, copying, look-up tables, and what-if analysis.

July 25, 2017
Great Bend
August 17 - 18, 2017

The Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics invites you to attend the 69th annual Kansas Income Tax Institute. The program is intended for tax professionals and is designed to provide up-to-date training on current tax law, regulations, and updates. This years program will review recent cases and rulings and key legislation, provide an in-depth review and analysis of a number of tax areas, and cover newly enacted regulations and procedures critical to tax practitioners.

October 31, 2017 to November 1, 2017
Garden City

This one-day workshop will help crop insurance agents, agricultural lenders, farmers/ranchers, and other financial consultants provide better risk management information and advice to their clients or apply to their farm-ranch. If you are involved in the crop insurance industry, either as an agent, a producer, or an ag lender, you should consider attending this workshop.

November 2, 2017