Kansas Commodity Classic To Be Held On January 24 In Manhattan


All Kansas farmers are invited to the Kansas Commodity Classic on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

The Kansas Commodity Classic is the annual convention of Kansas’ top crops – corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybeans, and will take place at the at the K-State Alumni Center, Manhattan, Kan., with registration and breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thanks to the generous support of the Kansas corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybean associations and our sponsors, registration is free for farmers and friends.

The Kansas Classic will be emceed by Greg Akagi, farm editor for WIBW. The morning session will open at 8:30 a.m. with welcome remarks. Elected officials have been invited to give updates on the new farm bill and other pertinent issues affecting Kansas farmers.

Also, on the day’s agenda is a weather outlook from Meteorologist Ross Janssen from KWCH in Wichita, and a Farm Bill Panel will include Robin Reid, Extension Associate in Kansas State University’s Department of Agriculture Economics, and Kansas FSA Director David Schemm.

Matt Roberts will end the day with a presentation on “Marketing Through Touch Economic Times.” He is an agricultural economist at The Kernmantle Group, a commodity risk management and education consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio. He frequently speaks on grain, petroleum and biofuels markets, and is also an active consultant to the commodity industry.

The Kansas Commodity Classic is hosted by the Kansas Corn Growers Association, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association and Kansas Soybean Association. Industry sponsors at the platinum level are Kansas Soybean Commission, Bayer CropScience, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Corteva and Syngenta. Sponsors at the silver level are AgriGold, Ag Risk Solutions, AgroLiquid, Central Valley Ag, Fairbanks Scales & Perten Instruments, Farmers Business Network, K Coe Isom, Midland Genetics & Polansky Seed and Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Thanks to these generous platinum and silver-level sponsors, the event is free to attend and includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch; however pre-registration is requested for food count purposes.

Visit to register.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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