TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas soybean farmers and their industry partners will gather Jan. 11 in Topeka for the Kansas Soybean Expo. The Kansas Soybean Association (KSA) organizes the annual event, with checkoff funding from the Kansas Soybean Commission (KSC), to coincide with the Topeka Farm Show.

The free event returns to the Capitol Plaza Hotel’s Maner Conference Center at the Kansas Expocentre. Registration and exhibits open at 8:30 a.m., with the program scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. A reception with KSA and KSC leaders will follow.

The welcome will come from KSA President Raylen Phelon, Melvern, and KSC Chairman Kurt Maurath, Oakley. The opening session will offer checkoff-partner updates from Jay O’Neil, senior agricultural economist at the IGP Institute, and Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition.

The next two presenters will come from K-State Research and Extension. William Schapaugh, soybean breeder and professor of agronomy, will offer “Searching for Genes and New Gene Combinations.” Dallas Peterson, weed-science specialist and professor of agronomy, will lead “The Ongoing Battle With Weeds.”

Clay Patton from Kansas Farm and Ranch Radio will be master of ceremonies at the luncheon, where Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, will be the featured speaker. Phelon then will preside over the association's annual meeting, which will include the approval of policy resolutions and the board of directors elections.

Following lunch, KSA and KSC will present awards and recognitions, including the DuPont Young Leaders and the Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contests winners. The afternoon’s customary “Planning for the Future” session will bring Darrell Holaday from Advanced Market Concepts and Country Futures to present “Managing the Economic Shifts in U.S. and World Production Agriculture.”

A complete agenda and the preregistration form are available at http://KansasSoybeans.org/expo on the web or by calling 877-KS-SOYBEAN (877-577-6923). Those who preregister by Jan. 4 will have guaranteed seats at the luncheon and be eligible for the early-bird gift-basket drawing.

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