MANHATTAN – More than 800 Farm Bureau members from across Kansas will be in Manhattan Dec. 5-6 for their organization’s 98th annual meeting.

Held at the Manhattan Conference Center, the meeting will examine public policy issues, and workshops on water, markets, global trade and estate planning will be offered.

Speakers include American Farm Bureau Federation President Vincent Duvall; Keni Thomas, a former Army ranger and national spokesman for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation; and Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation director of congressional relations.

The meeting begins Monday, Dec. 5, with the general session and a welcome by Kansas Farm Bureau President Rich Felts.

Awards will follow, including Friends of Ag and Natural Resources. Walmsley will address the recent GMO labeling battle that assured farmers’ access to biotechnology and innovations in plant breeding.

The first round of workshops is from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Topics include water, agricultural markets, big data, advocacy, and oil and gas development.

At 10:45 a.m., the second round of workshops includes income tax and estate planning, global marketing, antibiotics and animal production, and Farm Bureau participation opportunities.

The general session at 1 p.m. Dec. 5 features county Farm Bureau awards for excellence, progress awards and leadership awards.

After the general session, the third round of workshops at 2:45 p.m. includes conservation stewardship, risk management, consumers’ perception of agriculture and a Kansas Department of Agriculture update.

The fourth round of workshops begins at 3:45 p.m. and includes the farm financial situation, soil science and GMO labeling.

During the evening banquet, 10 Kansas farm families will be recognized for their service to Farm Bureau. KFB President Rich Felts will deliver his state of agriculture address, followed by remarks from AFBF President Duvall.

The Peterson Farm Brothers from Dickinson County will provide entertainment.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, more than 400 voting delegates will debate and adopt policy statements for 2017 and elect the KFB president and board members from the even-numbered KFB districts.

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