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Published 12/8/2012 in Business : Business

K-State to host cow-calf conference

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine will host a cow-calf conference for veterinarians and producers to advance their knowledge of reproduction, calving, and calf care in breeding herds.

The conference is specifically geared toward simultaneous exchange of information among ranch owners, ranch hands, and veterinarians. University faculty and staff will present topics at the forefront of those who manage breeding herds.

The latest information on supplementing cows and heifers on moderate to poor quality winter forage, selection to improve feed efficiency, management plans to prevent calf scours, current thinking on parasite control and use of a new BVD management tool in cow-calf herds are some of the presentation topics scheduled.

The conference will also feature a look into a better understanding of nutrition, breeding, calving, and disease management for application to the breeding herd.

All lectures will be held in Frick Auditorium in Mosier Hall of Kansas State University from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11. Contact hours for veterinarians are 7.5 hours.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact the office of events at (785) 532-4528 or online at www.k-state.edu/vet/cowcalf13.

Conference to focus on agriculture

GOODLAND — The direction of commodity prices, changes in the farm bill, land leasing and fair values, and increasing input costs are key issues facing Kansas farmers. To address challenges in today's agriculture, K-State Research and Extension will host the Grain Markets, Cropland Leases and Farm Bill Conference on Jan. 8 in Goodland.

The Thomas and Rawlins county extension offices, along with the Sunflower and Golden Prairie extension districts, coordinated the conference, which is open to all Kansans and producers from surrounding states. The conference is part of Kansas State University's 2013 Agricultural Profitability Conference series, and will take place at the Goodland Elks Lodge, 1523 Arcade St. in Goodland. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

"Grain Market Outlook for 2013" is the featured topic, presented by Alan Brugler, president of Brugler Marketing and Management LLC. Brugler is a consulting analyst for DTN, writer of the Market Watch blog for Farm Journal's AgWeb.com and is a guest analyst for PBS' Market to Market, Farm Journal's U.S. Farm Report and AgDaily.

"Farm Bill Prospects for 2013" will be addressed by Troy Dumler, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist.

The afternoon portion of the conference will focus on 2013 cropland leases. Presentations will include 2012-13 Farmland Cash Rental Rates in Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska; New Generation Flex Leases and Traditional Cropland Leases; and Cropland Lease Cost and Returns Using Northwest Kansas Farm Management Association Budgets. K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Farm Management Association agricultural economists Daniel O'Brien, Troy Dumler, Kiel Roehl, Mark Wood and Clint Milliman will address 2013 farmland leasing trends and prospects.

Early registration is requested by Jan. 4. A complete brochure and registration form can be picked up at the above extension offices or go to www.sunflower.ksu.edu and click on the conference information.

The conference is sponsored by: K-State Department of Agricultural Economics; Frontier Ag Inc., Sunopta; Sherman County Farm Bureau Association; Farm Credit of Western Kansas; People's State Bank of Oakley and Kansas Farm and Ranch Radio (KLOE and KXXX).

Kansas workforce summit coming up

DODGE CITY — Western Kansas Manufacturers Association is sponsoring the 12th Annual Kansas Workforce Summit. The 12th Annual Kansas Workforce Summit, "Taking Education, Economic Development and Employment to the Next Level: Kansas, Are We Ready?," will be held Jan. 23 and 24, 2013, at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Maner Conference Center in Topeka. The summit is an annual forum for employers, educators, community members, chamber representatives, legislators and government officials and local workforce board members to address the new realities facing the workforce and economic development issues in Kansas.

Sunny Ackerman, Manpower vice president and general manager, is the 2013 keynote speaker. Ackerman will discuss what businesses are doing to hire and retain the right talent in a world where 49 percent of U.S. employers are struggling to fill mission-critical positions. She'll make connections to how the workforce system, economic development and education can support these evolving talent strategies, creating collaborative relationships and sustainable jobs.

The first day will also include other programs discussing drop-out prevention, school-to-career transition, improving collaboration between employers and workforce investment boards and human resource departments, as well as information about the ACHIEVE after school and community learning network.

The Kansas Celebration will complete the first day with the presentation of SDA Performance Awards sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the presentation of "The Relationship of Higher Education Programs to Workforce Needs" by Larry Isaak, president of Midwestern Higher Education Compact.

The 2013 summit will be completed Jan. 24 with the 2013 legislative update, the importance of innovation, degree completion as an economic development strategy, an update from the U.S. Department of Labor, and veteran's re-employment coordination in Kansas.

Registrations are being taken and are limited to 300 participants.

For more information, visit http://www.3ishow.com/kws or contact WKMA directly toll-free at (877) 405-2883 or locally at (620) 227-8082.

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