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“Soybeans—the Seeds of Success” is the 2008 Kansas Soybean Expo theme chosen by the Kansas Soybean Association. The day-long meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 9 in Topeka.

All Kansas soybean producers are encouraged to attend.

The Soybean Expo begins with registration and exhibits at 8:30 a.m. Exhibits will include research projects funded by the Kansas Soybean Commission (KSC) and a variety of corporate exhibits. The morning session begins at 9:00 a.m. with extension specialists from Kansas State University providing updates on soybean varieties, no-till and strip-till, nutrition management, and price outlook.

John Phipps will be the featured speaker discussing, “Prosperity for Dummies - Managing Success After a Long Layoff.” Phipps is familiar to farm audiences from the pages of Farm Journal and Top Producer magazines, as well as the host of the nation’s longest-running TV farm show “U.S. Farm Report.”

Phipps has a gift for humor and passion to help farmers lead happier lives.

The one-day event also includes John Hoffman, American Soybean Association (ASA) President reporting on the upcoming programs of ASA, an update from the National Oilseed Processors Association and an afternoon panel featuring new varieties of soybeans.

Congresswoman Nancy Boyda (invited) will address the group during the luncheon, unveil KSA’s new logo, and recognize the winners of the KSA logo contest. KSA held a logo competition this fall encouraging middle and high school students in Kansas to submit their designs. A total of 284 entries were received. KSA believed this was a good opportunity for students to use their creativity and artistic talent, learn more about soybeans, and compete against each other for cash prizes. Other presentations will include the Friend of Soy, DuPont Young Leader, and ASA Western Region Conservation Legacy Awards, and other service and meritorious recognitions. The annual Kansas Soybean Association yield contest results will also be announced during the luncheon.

Kansas Soybean Association President, Lance Rezac, encourages producers to attend to learn the latest in technological research and national issues for the soybean industry. Rezac says it is a great opportunity for producers to visit with other soybean growers throughout the state. The Kansas Soybean Expo is held annually in conjunction with the Topeka Farm Show.

The Soybean Expo begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Capital Plaza Hotel Manor Conference Center, Sunflower Ballroom, in Topeka. A reception to meet the 2008 Kansas Soybean Association Directors and Soybean Commissioners is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. following the afternoon session with the Expo concluding by 4:30 p.m.

Registration forms and additional information is available by calling the Kansas Soybean Association at 800-328-7390, or visiting the web site at www.kansassoybeans.org.

The one-day meeting is jointly sponsored by KSC and KSA.

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