Kansas ag technology conference is Jan. 23-24 in Salina

2014-01-07T12:20:00Z Kansas ag technology conference is Jan. 23-24 in Salina Midwest Producer
January 07, 2014 12:20 pm

SALINA, Kan. - The Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association (KARTA) and K-State Research and Extension are accepting early registrations for the 17th annual Agricultural Technologies Conference, to be held Jan. 23-24 at the Ramada Conference Center in Salina.

This event brings hundreds of agricultural producers and industry leaders for a two-day interactive workshop on the use of technology in the ever-changing agriculture industry. Anyone who signs up by Jan. 15 can receive a $50 discount on their conference registration, bringing the conference price to $175 per person (including meals and refreshments).

The funds generated through the association dues and conference registrations are used to provide grants for 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 speakers on a wide variety of topics dealing with precision agriculture. Speakers include Ajay Sharda from K-State, on "Boom Pressure and Flow - What's Really Happening with our Rate Controllers," and Dan Forgey from Cronin Farms, on "Progress in Precision - Technology Adoption on a Diversified South Dakota Farm."

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 an exciting lineup of speakers on a number of relevant agricultural issues," said KARTA board member Lucas Haag, with K-State Research & Extension. "The conference is open to KARTA members and non-members, as well as agriculture students from all over the Midwest."

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 $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," Haag 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."

Registrations received after Jan. 15 will be $225 per person. There is also a $50 discount for KARTA members, and new members can always sign up on their conference registration form. For more information or to sign up using the new online registration form, visit www.kartaonline.org. Follow KARTA on Twitter and Facebook.

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