Individuals planning to attend the Kansas Soybean Expo January 12 have much to look forward to. After a year hiatus, the Kansas Soybean Association and Commission boards are excited to bring soybean farmers across the state together for a day full of intriguing presentations and networking opportunities. Registration and exhibits open at 8:30 a.m. The program is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with a welcome from KSA president Teresa Brandenburg and KSC chairman Bob Haselwood.
Comedian Larry Weaver keynotes the event during the morning session, preceded by Commission partner reports from the U.S. Soybean Export Council and International Grains Program Institute. According to his website, Weaver grew up in the rural village of Saxapahaw, NC and started performing at a young age. After majoring in accounting at the University of North Carolina, Weaver left his CPA dreams behind to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. He is the President of Trusted Speakers, author of “101 Funny Employee Awards”, and a recognized expert in Online Marketing.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is expected to provide the luncheon address with Greg Akagi, a farm broadcaster for the Kansas Agriculture Network, serving as master of ceremonies. The luncheon also features an American Soybean Association report from Kansas director Charles Atkinson and the Kansas Soybean Association Annual Meeting led by Brandenburg.
Results from the 2021 Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contests kick off the afternoon schedule. Ed Anderson of the North Central Soybean Research Program and Darrell Holaday with Advanced Market Concepts/Country Futures are then lined up to share important industry updates. Beginning at 4 p.m., a reception with KSA and KSC leaders concludes the event.
KSA organizes this annual event with checkoff funding from the Commission. The free event takes place at Hotel Topeka at City Center (formerly known as the Capitol Plaza Hotel). This is a change in venue from previous Expo gatherings, but the event remains in the same complex as the Topeka Farm Show.
Visit kansassoybeans.org/expo to pre-register for Expo and reserve your seat.