Nine communities will play host to a series of Kansas State University Ag Profitability Conferences in January, February and March. The locations are selected to give Kansas farmers an opportunity to attend a conference convenient for them.
"High fuel and fertilizer prices, the upcoming Farm Bill, new insurance products, and reopening of the Japanese and other markets to U.S. beef are just some factors that are influencing the agricultural landscape," says James Mintert, agricultural economist with Kansas State Research and Extension. "These conferences are designed to cover several topics that affect a farmer´s or rancher´s bottom line."
Conference sponsors are the Kansas State Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State Research and Extension, and numerous local sponsors.
Examples of topics to  be covered include: "Do No-Till Benefits Increase Over Time," "Driving Forces and Options for the 2007 Farm Bill," "Grain Marketing," Grain Market Outlook," "Crop Insurance," "Impact of Rising Fuel Costs," "Trends in Agriculture," "Economies of Size," "Fertilizer Economics," "Benchmarking Machinery Costs," "Employee Management," "No-Till Economics," "Leasing and Land Leasing Values" and others.
Not all conferences will include all topics. Specific information about conference topics at particular locations is available by checking at or asking at a nearby county or district Kansas State Research and Extension office.
Conference dates, locations, and contact telephone numbers are:

  • Jan. 16 - McPherson (Call Dale Ladd at 620-241-1523).
  • Jan. 27 - Lewis (Mark Ploger, 620-659-2149).
  • Feb. 8 - Pratt (Carmen Stauth, 620-723-2156).
  • Feb. 9 - WaKeeney (Amy Taylor, 785-743-6361).
  • Feb. 10 - Jewell (Scott Chapman, 785-738-3597).
  • Feb. 16 - Goodland (Dana Belshe, 785-890-4880).
  • Feb. 24 - Scott City (John Beckman, 620-872-2930).

Two more conferences are scheduled for March 1, in Crawford County (contact Dean Stites at 620-724-8233) and March 9, in the Kansas State Research and Extension Walnut Creek District (Lane, Ness and Rush counties; contact David Coltrain at 785-222-2710). The exact locations are still to be determined.