MANHATTAN, Kan. - A series of K-State Ag Profitability Conferences is on the schedule for nine communities around the state during January, February and March to give Kansas farmers an opportunity to attend the conference most convenient for them.

"High fuel and fertilizer prices, an upcoming farm bill, new insurance products, and the reopening of the Japanese and other markets to U.S. beef are just some factors that are influencing the agricultural landscape," said James Mintert, agricultural economist with K-State Research and Extension. "These conferences are designed to cover numerous topics that affect a farmer's or rancher's bottom line."

Conference sponsors are the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics, K-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. Information about conference topics at particular locations is available by checking on the Web or asking at a nearby county or district K-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 K-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.

    SOURCE: K-State Research and Extension news release.