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K-State Ranching Summit planned for Oct.7

Registration is now open for event that will focus on strategic management decisions.

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Registration is now open for the K-State Ranching Summit. This first-time event is designed to equip managers with the skills to address the challenges of ranching in the business climate of today and tomorrow.

“Market forecasts point to declining revenues for cow-calf producers over the next several years. To ensure profitability, ranch managers will need to make a number of strategic management decisions.” said Bob Weaber, K-State Research and Extension cow-calf specialist. “The Ranching Summit was designed from the ground up to bolster the managerial knowledge and skills of beef producers.”

Hosted by the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension, the event will be Friday, Oct. 7 in Manhattan, Kansas, at the K-State Student Union Grand Ballroom. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program starts at 10 a.m.

The Ranching Summit will include a wide range of topics important for beef producers to consider. These include defining the unit of profit in cow-calf operations, evaluating new and alternative grazing opportunities, how to use a systems approach to solve complex ranch problems, an update on the projected business and farm economic climate, and how to build communities to support ranching in 2050. 

The top flight speaker line-up includes, Burke Teichert, Teichert Consulting; Mykel Taylor and Dustin Pendell, K-State Department of Agricultural Economics; Rick Machen, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management; Trey Patterson, Padlock Ranch; Allen Featherstone, K-State Department of Agricultural Economics; and Chuck Schroeder, Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska. 

The K-State Ranching Summit is made possible through the support of business donors including platinum sponsor, Key Feeds – Fourth and Pomeroy Associates, Inc., Clay Center, Kansas, and media partner, Drovers.  

For more details, including registration information and a complete schedule, visit www.KSUBeef.org. For questions about the event, contact Bob Weaber at bweaber@ksu.edu or 785-532-1460; or Lois Schreiner, lschrein@ksu.edu or 785-532-1267. The early registration deadline is Sept. 30. Individuals can register for $35 or $60 per couple. Walk-in registration will be available at $50 per person.

Attendees are also encouraged to attend the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry Family & Friends Reunion that evening at the Stanley E. Stout Center in Manhattan. For more information about the reunion and to pre-register by Sept. 23, visitwww.asi.ksu.edu/familyandfriends.


K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans.  Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

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For more information:
Angie Stump Denton – angiedenton@ksu.edu or 785-562-6197