Farm Talk

January 8, 2013

Precision agriculture event set for Jan. 17-18


Parsons, Kansas — The 16th annual Precision Agricultural Technologies Conference will held January 17-18, at the Ramada Conference Center in Salina, Kan.

Sponsored by the Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association (KARTA), the event brings hundreds of agricultural producers and industry leaders for a two-day interactive workshop on the ever-changing precision agriculture industry.

Participants who sign up before January 10 will receive a $50 discount, bringing the conference price to $175 per person (which includes meals and refreshments).

There is also a $50 discount for KARTA members, and new members can always sign up on their conference registration form.

Funds generated through association dues and conference registrations are used to provide grants to facilitate 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 dynamic speakers on a wide variety of topics dealing with precision agriculture. 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 big plans for growing the statewide conference this year,” says KARTA board president Dietrich Kastens. “In addition to the lineup of speakers addressing cutting edge developments in the precision agriculture industry, we have added two new elements that will hopefully bring in new participants and broaden our audience.”

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 only $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,” Kastens says. “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.”

The second element that has been added to the conference is a new online registration form. Anyone who signs up for the conference by downloading the registration form from can indicate on that they would like to pay with a credit card. After they mail in the form, they will be contacted by email with a link to an online payment platform they can access at any time.

For more information about KARTA’s past research projects or to download a registration form for the winter conference, visit £