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Wednesday, Oct.  17, 9:20 a.m., Forum Hall
"Thriving During Disruption: Extension Professionalism to the Rescue"


Nancy Franz, Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University, retired after 33 years of service with Cooperative Extension Systems as a county extension agent, campus specialist, and administrator in Wisconsin, New York, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Iowa. She currently consults on organizational development with nonprofit organizations and higher education and serves on the Story County Conservation Board. She loves to volunteer, read, travel, be outdoors doing silent sports, and consume dark chocolate.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, , Wildcat Chamber
1:30 p.m. — Kansas Alternative Crop Research Act, Rules and Regulations, and Understanding Licensing
3:30 p.m. — Requesting Permission to Conduct Industrial Hemp Research in Kansas

Jeff Vogel is the program manager for plant protection and weed control for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. He joined KDA in 2006 since 2006 as the state weed specialist. He earned a B.S. in agronomy in 2002 and an M.S. in weed science in 2005, both from K-State.  

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2:20 p.m., Wildcat Chamber
Industrial Hemp Research from the Perspective of a Land-Grant University

David Williams is a professor of agronomy and director of the University of Kentucky (UK) Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability. His research interests are agronomy science as related to optimizing production systems for industrial hemp and feedstock crops. Williams has been directly involved in agronomic science for his entire career.  This includes positions as a practitioner, researcher, and teacher. He has also served in leadership positions in several national, regional, and UK organizations/committees. He has led the industrial hemp agronomic science research efforts within the UK Department of Plant and Soil Sciences since 2014. He has provided many local, regional, national, and international presentations on the science of industrial hemp production. Williams received a B.S. from Eastern Kentucky University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in crop science from the University of Kentucky.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 3:30 p.m., Wildcat Chamber
Understanding the Market and Economic Impact of Industrial Hemp

Brent Young serves as an agricultural business management economist with Colorado State University Extension (CSUE). He strives to develop, market, deliver and evaluate noncredit educational programming and information delivery to assist producers/managers in operations of all sizes in making comparative, profitable decisions among strategic financial, production, marketing, legal and human resources alternatives. Additionally, he provides information on succession planning and liquidation of assets, crop and livestock enterprise analysis, drought management strategies, and direct marketing for small-scale and organic producers. He previously  served nine years as an agricultural marketing agent in the Tri River Area. 

Before joining CSUE, he was as an associate professor of agricultural and extension education at North Dakota State University. Brent and his wife Karla have three children and 10 grandchildren. They enjoy camping and fishing. 

Thursday, Oct. 18, 8:15 a.m., Forum Hall
"Understanding Changing Demographics in Kansas"


Matthew R. Sanderson, the Randall C. Hill Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Kansas State University, is a social scientist with interests in population, environment, and development. His recent research investigates how social relations inhibit or allow natural resource conservation. His projects examine how social structures influence groundwater management at multiple scales (from community to global); how social networks shape participation in group decision-making within common pool resource settings; how social factors affect adoption of irrigation technologies; and how culture influences perceptions of the science, knowledge, and information used to make decisions about agricultural adaptations.