Region Briefs: Three-state Irrigation Conference planned Feb. 21-22 in Colby

2012-02-07T15:35:00Z Region Briefs: Three-state Irrigation Conference planned Feb. 21-22 in Colby Midwest Producer
February 07, 2012 3:35 pm

COLBY, Kan. - The Central Plains Irrigation Conference and Exposition will be held Feb. 21-22 at the City Limits Convention Center in Colby. The conference is sponsored by Kansas State University, the University of Nebraska, Colorado State University and the Central Plains Irrigation Association.

Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, will give the general session address, "Legislative Initiative to Manage the Ogallala" on Feb. 21. Dan Rogers, agricultural engineer state leader with K-State Research and Extension will present "Kansas Irrigation Trends and Impacts" during the Feb. 22 general session.   

The conference begins with registration and the opening of the expo at 9 a.m. on Feb. 21. Technical sessions start at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The Feb. 22 program begins earlier, with registration at 8 a.m. and technical sessions starting at 8:30 a.m. All technical sessions will be offered both days, but in different order.

Speakers from several universities and USDA's Risk Management Agency will present sessions crop water budgets, optimizing crop water productivity, emerging technologies, support software and crop insurance.

The cost to attend the conference and expo is $85 for participants who are not seeking crop consultant advisor continuing education unit credit. For those seeking CEU credits, the cost is $100.

More information is available at or by contacting Donna Lamm at 785-462-3833 or

Center for Rural Affairs announces return of MarketPlace

KEARNEY, Neb. - The Center for Rural Affairs announced that the sixth annual MarketPlace rural entrepreneurship conference will be Feb. 22 at the Ramada Inn in Kearney.

"Entrepreneurship and small businesses are the economic backbone of Nebraska's rural economy and especially important during times of economic hardship," said Chuck Hassebrook, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs. "MarketPlace is focused on creating jobs and building the rural economy and anyone who is committed to creating their own opportunities and shaping their own destiny through entrepreneurship should attend."

According to Hassebrook, the conference offers a space to share ideas and learn from other attendees and it features strong, hands-on learning opportunities for potential and existing farm, ranch, home-based and mainstreet business owners as well as community leaders and young people interested in entrepreneurship.

"Entrepreneurs who attend MarketPlace tell us it is making a difference. Fifty two percent of small business participants have started, expanded, or made changes to their business because of the conferences; and nearly 88 percent of small businesses who made changes or expanded their business as a result of Marketplace sought financing to do so," Hassebrook said.

Joanne Steele, CEO/owner of the Rural Tourism Marketing Group in Dunsmuir, Calif., will kick off the conference as the opening keynote speaker. She will start off the day sharing the kind of knowledge and enthusiasm each up-and-coming entrepreneur, as well as established entrepreneurs, needs to succeed.

For more on MarketPlace visit:

KARL president Jack Lindquist honored by Kansas legislators

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program president Jack Lindquist, received honors from the Kansas House of Representatives for his work in developing agricultural leadership across Kansas. He was recognized in a ceremony Jan. 19 in the House Chamber.

His name was submitted for the record by State Rep. Don Schroeder, R-Hesston. Schroeder is a graduate of KARL Class I.

Lindquist has served as president and program leader of KARL since 1990. Prior to joining the KARL staff, he worked as an agriculture Extension agent in Douglas County, Kan., and as a 4-H agent in Dickinson County, Kan. He earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural education at Kansas State University and is a graduate of the Indiana University Center of Philanthropy Fund Raising School and Essentials of Management Training Program, as well as the Kansas Health Foundation Master Facilitators Program.

KARL ( is a non-profit, educational organization focused on developing leaders for agriculture, business and rural communities. The program is a two-year course that offers study, training and travel for future leaders in Kansas agriculture and rural communities.

Since its inception and including the current class, 330 Kansans from 98 of Kansas' 105 counties have participated in the program. Many have gone on to local, regional or national leadership roles, including Steve Baccus, the current president of Kansas Farm Bureau, who is also on the American Farm Bureau Board, and Dana Peterson, chief executive officer of the National Association of Wheat Growers.

UNL student from Alliance receives internship award

LINCOLN, Neb. - Bryce Vaughn of Alliance, Neb., is the recipient of the new Keith R. Olsen Agricultural Policy Internship Award at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Vaughn is a junior at UNL studying agricultural economics and public policy. The Olsen Internship Award will enable him to intern in a public policy position in Washington, D.C., this summer. Most internships in the nation's capital are unpaid; the award will support his living expenses.

The award, valued at up to $4,000, was established by Nebraska Farm Bureau to honor Olsen, who served as Farm Bureau president from 2002 to 2011.

Briefly . . .

- The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) board of directors elected officers for 2012-13: Darrell Davis, Ipswich, S.D., chairman; Dan Hughes, Venango, Neb., vice chairman; Roy Motter, Brawley, Calif., secretary-treasurer. Duties begin in July. Hughes is a third-generation wheat farmer in the southwest corner of Nebraska. His operation includes hard red winter wheat for domestic use and export, as well as hard white wheat grown under contract for ConAgra. He also is on the Nebraska Wheat Board, serving as chairman from 2008 to 2010.

- Midwest Dairy Council awarded $604,883 to 181 schools in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and eastern Oklahoma, to support their Fuel Up to Play 60 initiatives. Fuel Up to Play 60, a free in-school wellness program, is now in more than 70,000 schools nationwide.

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