Risk and Profit Conference

Register online: http://commerce.cashnet.com/KSUagecon

See 2018 presentations HERE

Policy Perplexity: Farm Bill, Trade, and Profitability

An annual conference hosted by the Department of Agricultural Economics that provides an opportunity for key agricultural decision makers to interact with each other and with faculty on important topics in agriculture.

Questions? Rich Llewelyn at rvl@ksu.edu or 785.532.1504.

Dates & Location
August 22 - 23, 2019


K-State Alumni Center
100 Alumni Center 1720 Anderson Ave
Manhattan , KS

Register online: http://commerce.cashnet.com/KSUagecon

Questions? Rich Llewelyn at rvl@ksu.edu or 785.532.1504.


10:30 am                         REGISTRATION

11:30 am – 12:15 pm      LUNCH

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm        GENERAL SESSION
                Sara Wyant,  Agri-Pulse

  1:40 pm – 2:30 pm         BREAKOUT SESSION I
  2:40 pm – 3:30 pm         BREAKOUT SESSION II
  3:40 pm – 4:30 pm         BREAKOUT SESSION III
  4:40 pm – 5:30 pm         BREAKOUT SESSION IV

  5:30 pm – 6:15 pm         Social & Cash Bar

  6:15 pm – 7:00 pm         PRIME-RIB DINNER

  7:00 pm – 8:15 pm         GENERAL SESSION
        A Conversation With a Kansas Producer


  7:45 am – 8:15 am            ROLLS and JUICE

  8:15 am – 9:15 am            GENERAL SESSION
         Grain Market Situation and Outlook
        Dan O’Brien, Kansas State University

  9:30 am – 10:20 am      BREAKOUT SESSION V
10:30 am – 11:20 am      BREAKOUT SESSION VI
11:30 am – 12:20 pm      BREAKOUT SESSION VII

12:45 pm –   1:30 pm       LUNCH

  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm         GENERAL SESSION
                 Livestock Market Outlook
        Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

  2:30 pm – 2:45 pm         FINAL QUESTIONS and WRAP-UP

Keynote speakers

Sara Wyant is President of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., a diversified communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and Camdenton, Missouri. As a veteran farm policy reporter, she is recognized on Capitol Hill, as well as with farm and commodity associations across the country. Her newsletter and website, Agri-Pulse, include the latest updates on farm policy, commodity and conservation programs, trade, food safety, rural development, and environmental and regulatory programs.

Wyant formerly served as chairwoman on the Farm Foundation's board of trustees and as past president of the American Agricultural Editor's Association. In 2015, Wyant was named to the Folio: "Top Women in Media" recognition in the Entrepreneurs category. She has been awarded a producer communications award from the United Soybean Board, and Oscar in Agriculture award for excellence in agricultural reporting from the American Agricultural Editor's Association and a leadership award from Agriculture Future of America. She is currently President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Foundation. In 2013, Wyant was recognized for outstanding service to agriculture by the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Wyant gained first-hand knowledge of crop and livestock production while growing up on a farm near Marengo, Iowa. She and husband Allan Johnson, parents of sons Jason and Jordan, also own the farm where her husband's family originally established a homestead near Almont, North Dakota. 




Phillip and Sharron Knox have farmed in three NW Kansas counties for the past 42 years.  Phil was an assistant professor at Colorado State University and decided to return and become a 4th generation member in the family business.  His education consists of a BS in Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University and a MS and PhD in Agricultural Economics from University of California in Berkeley.

Phil and Sharron met at a Farm Bureau Scholarship dinner at KSU.  She has a BS in Dietetics/Institutional Management from K-State and a Masters in Public Heath Nutrition at the University of California in Berkeley.  She was employed part-time as a consultant nutritionist for 30 years. 

The current family farm operation consists of 9000 acres of no-till crop ground on which they raise corn and wheat.  1800 acres are irrigated property. Their enterprises include a 200 head cow and calf operation on 2100 acres of pasture land.  The calves are finished, along with purchased calves, in a 2,500 head feed lot. Marketing of the finished beef is through membership in US Premium Beef.  To provide an increased vertical integration of their businesses, a steam flaking entity was added in 2004.  It processes 2.5 million bushels of corn a year with one-third coming from their production. Flakes are sold to small feedlots and dairies in western Kansas as well as fed at the Knox lot.

Phil has served on the NW Kansas Groundwater Management Board and numerous other community boards.  Sharron currently serves on the board of the NW Kansas Farm Management Association.  They are members of Thomas County Farm Bureau and Kansas Corn Growers Association.  Both provide many hours of service to various organizations in the NW Kansas area. One goal that has not been attained is a 5th generation Knox family farmer.  A different type of farm transfer has been planned with assistance from three adult children; Mark Wood, NW Kansas Farm Management economist; and our attorney.


Breakout sessions
Summaries will be posted for Breakout Sessions in July. 





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Registration information

Register online: http://commerce.cashnet.com/KSUagecon

By August 19, 2019
Two-day Fee:          $225
Additional member: $200
One-day Fee:          $150
Additional member: $125
(Discount available if paying by check, but not by credit card)

After August 19, 2019
Two-day Fee      $250
One-day Fee      $175

Questions? Rich Llewelyn at rvl@ksu.edu or 785.532.1504.

Trade show

Download trade-show brochure HERE

More information, contact Rich Llewelyn: rvl@ksu.edu or 785.532.1504 .


To Manhattan, Kansas and the K-State Alumni Center (17th & Anderson):

From the east: I-70 to exit 313. North on Hwy 177 to Ft. Riley Blvd then west to 17th Street. North (right) on 17th to Anderson Ave. 

From the west: I-70 to exit 303. North on Hwy K114/K18 (Ft. Riley Blvd) to 17th St. North (left) on 17th to Anderson.

From the north: Hwy 77 south to Seth Child Rd (Hwy 113). South on Seth Child to Anderson Ave. East (left) on Anderson to 17th St.

Hotel accomodations
Holiday Inn - Campus
1641 Anderson
 Manhattan, KS 66502
 Conference Rate: $99.95 + tax / night
Single or Double
 Rates valid August 21, 22, or 23, 2019
 Cut-Off Date: August 2, 2019
 Use Group Code:
Four Points, By Sheraton
 530 Richards Dr
 Manhattan, KS 66502
K-State Rate: $80 + tax / night
Single or Double
No Cut-Off Date: Ask for K-State Rate



Parking is available in the parking garage, but costs $1.50 per hour. In other lots, permits are required to park on the Kansas State University campus from 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Limited parking is available at the Alumni Center without a permit. A parking permit is included in the registration fee, but does NOT include the parking garage.

Permits will be available 10:00–12:00 on Thursday, August 22 at the Alumni Center driveway and at the entrance to the parking lot west of the Old Stadium or at the registration table throughout the conference.  You MUST obtain your conference parking permit before parking your vehicle on campus.  Hang this permit on your rearview mirror, facing the front of your vehicle.  This permit is not valid in metered lots.

  • Parking is permitted only in areas designated for parking

  • Parking is not permitted on campus streets or drives

  • Please observe HANDICAP, RESERVED and NO PARKING zones; these are TOW ZONES and violators will be towed.

  • Limited parking is available in the Alumni Parking. Be sure to get an Alumni Center parking tag from the registration desk.

  • More parking is available in the lot west of Old Stadium (across Denison Avenue), north of the Catholic Church, using the parking permit.

For more information, contact Rich Llewelyn at the phone or email below:
Phone: 785-532-1504  Email: rvl@ksu.edu