Upcoming KDA Events Postponed, Cancelled


MANHATTAN, Kan. —   Based on the operational and workplace guidelines for state agencies shared over the weekend, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has made changes to plans for scheduled events through the next few weeks. The following events have either been cancelled or postponed to a later date:

• Focus on Food Safety training in Topeka, March 16: cancelled

• Interviews for the Executive Director of the Division of Conservation in Manhattan, March 18-19: postponed

• Agribusiness Development Workshop in Ashland, March 18: postponed

• Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam in Colby, March 18: cancelled

• Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam in Dodge City, March 19: cancelled

• Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam in Olathe, March 23: cancelled

• Focus on Food Safety training in Manhattan, March 24: cancelled

• Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam in Topeka, March 25: cancelled

• Agribusiness Development Workshop in Manhattan, March 25: postponed

• Kansas Dairy Industry Conference in Garden City, April 1: cancelled

• Livestock Export Seminar in Hays, April 3: postponed

More information may be added to this list in the future. As events are rescheduled, all efforts will be made to contact those who registered for the events to inform them about new plans.

All further changes to scheduling can be found on the KDA Schedule Changes document at

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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