Event to explore physical therapy and the workplace

Area employers interested in learning about the benefits of functional employee testing can attend a seminar featuring occupational therapist Jeff Weeks, chief operating officer of the Athletic & Rehabilitation Center in Overland Park.

Testing employees at the time of hiring for jobs with a physical component can help ensure those individuals are capable of safely performing the activities of the position. Benefits can include lower turnover rates, fewer work injuries and overall cost savings. Weeks will address how to implement a testing program that is compliant with employment laws and is based on a thorough job analysis resulting in an effective screening tool for hiring.

The seminar is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and will be hosted by Accelacare Physical Therapy, 1800 Palace Drive, Suite C. Lunch will be served. The event is free of charge, but attendees must pre-register by calling 805-6212.

Senior center to host supper

The Senior Center of Finney County will be hosting a chicken noodle supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 25.

On the menu are homemade chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and dessert. The cost is $6 per person.

Musical entertainment will be provided by "Too Many Strings."

Proceeds from the event will go to fund activities for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the senior center.

The Ruth V. Gordanier Charitable Trust is sponsoring the event.

For more information, contact Marty Dinkel at 275-5566 or Barbara Jensen at 272-3620.

Chamber breakfast set for Wednesday

The Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the first Chamber breakfast of 2013 Wednesday.

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at The Golf Club at Southwind, and will be presented and sponsored by the City of Garden City. The 2013 presenting sponsor for the Chamber breakfast is EmbroidMe/Plan Ahead Events.

To RSVP, contact the Chamber at 276-3264 by noon Tuesday.

Business After Hours scheduled

January's Business After Hours event is scheduled for Jan. 24, sponsored by New Sunflower Inn.

Samy's Spirits Steakhouse, 1911 E. Kansas Ave., will host the event from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Business After Hours is Garden City's premiere opportunity to network with other community members in a relaxed setting away from the office.

In addition to food provided by Samy's, there will also be a chance to win prizes.

The event is open to the public.

Speakers chosen for ag conference

The Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association would like to announce the speakers for the 16th Annual Precision Agricultural Technologies Conference, being held Thursday and Friday in Salina. This annual event brings hundreds of agricultural producers and industry leaders for a two-day interactive workshop on the ever-changing precision agriculture industry.

The funds generated through the association dues and conference registrations are used to provide grants to facilitate on-farm research projects and instructional workshops on the hardware and software necessary to conduct agricultural research trials.

Those in attendance at the conference will hear presentations from dynamic speakers on a wide variety of topics dealing with precision agriculture.

Speakers include:

* Josh McGrath, University of Maryland "Nutrient Management"

* Wes Porter, Oklahoma State University "Nozzle Control Systems"

* Dr. Terry Kastens and Dr. Kevin Dhuyvetter "Telematics & Economics"

* Kevin Price, Kansas State University "Use of sUAS for Crop Monitoring"

* Dave Mengel, K-State Research & Extension "Greenseeker & Crop Circle on Wheat"

* Jesse Polland, USDA-ARS "New Technologies in Wheat Breeding"

* Kraig Roozeboom, K-State Research & Extension "Opportunities for On-Farm Research"

The two-day event also includes vendor displays, the KARTA Annual Meeting, research presentations from grant recipients, and an interactive evening discussion that is always an attendee favorite.

"We have big plans for growing the statewide conference this year," said KARTA board president Dietrich Kastens. "In addition to the line-up of speakers addressing cutting edge developments in the precision agriculture industry, we have added two new elements that will hopefully bring in new participants and broaden our audience."

A new subsidized student registration option is catered to agricultural students at all of the state's post-secondary educational institutions. A discounted registration of only $50 will allow students at all levels of their education to network with producers and industry leaders.

"We think it is important that students have the opportunity to participate in this growing event," Kastens said. "We want the next generation of farmers to gain insight on their field of work from first-hand producers who are on the cutting edge of precision agriculture."

The second element that has been added to the conference is a new online registration form. Anyone who signs up for the conference by downloading the registration form from www.kartaonline.org can indicate on their form that they would like to pay with a credit card. After they mail in the form, they will be contacted by email with a link to an online payment platform that they can conveniently access at any time.

Producers, lenders, researchers, students and service providers can register for the conference for $225 per person, with meals and refreshments included.

The KARTA Precision Agricultural Technologies Conference will take place at the Ramada Conference Center in Salina on Thursday and Friday. For more information about KARTA and its research projects, or to download a registration form for the winter conference, visit www.kartaonline.org.

American State Bank to sponsor ag seminar

The Garden City Area Community Board Members of American State Bank Trust Company would like to invite the public to a free day-long agriculture seminar featuring Kansas State University professors, Dr. Bryan Schurle and Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh. The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 22 at St. Dominic Parish Center, 615 JC St. Both speakers are nationally-known industry experts who are actively involved in ag marketing, economics and politics.

Dr. Schurle is a professor of agricultural economics whose teaching experience includes agricultural economics and finance, optimization methods and risk management. His presentation will center on ag real estate prices and economic trends.

Dr. Flinchbaugh is also an agricultural economics professor who is a nationally recognized author and expert on agricultural and economic policy. He will discuss the farm bill and other current economic and political issues.

The seminar will also feature representatives from the Kansas Geological Survey along with several state and local water agencies who will conduct a round-table discussion on Kansas water issues.

According to Marvin Anliker, American State market president, the seminar is open to anyone wishing to know more about current trends and the future of agriculture. Lunch will be provided and there is no cost to attend.

R.S.V.P.s are requested by calling (620) 348-2385 or (888) 305-4058, or by emailing American State Bank at macksville@americanstatebankna.com.