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Kansas Applicator Institute: Where applicators and certified crop advisors discuss tomorrow’s precision application – today.

Keynote Speakers

Katie Strathman // BASF

Katie Strathman is the Technical Service Representative in eastern and central Kansas for BASF. Prior to her current role, Katie worked for BASF at the BASF Midwest research farm in Seymour, IL where she oversaw the technical marketing research trials. Katie holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy-Farm Business Management with a minor in entomology and a Master of Science in Agronomy-Crop Production & Physiology, both from Iowa State University. Having grown up on a corn and soybean farm in northwest Iowa, Katie has roots in agriculture. She currently resides in northeast Kansas where, when her schedule permits, she is a stand-in farmhand for her husband and his family.

Gary James // Hypro Pentair

Eric Hanson // WinField United

Eric Hanson Region Agronomist for WinField United. He earned his BS from FHSU and has 10 years of experience as Crop Consultant, 3 years in Retail Sales, 3 years as Seed and Agronomy Advisor for WinField United and 6 years as Region Agronomist for WinField United.

Dr. Jeff Whitworth // KSU Entomology

Dr. Whitworth is a professor and Extension Specialist for KSU Entomology. He has 30+ years of experience in identifying and managing insect pests.

Dr. Holly Davis // KSU Entomology

Dr. Davis is a research associate in Entomology pursuing her Ph.D. She has experience in identifying and managing insect pests.

Jami Locker // Syngenta

Jami Loecker is an agronomist for Syngenta. She began her career with Syngenta 11 years ago in seed sales and then transitioned into retail crop protection. Prior to that she worked for Edenspace, a cellulosic ethanol research company. She received her B.S and M.S in agronomy with a soil fertility focus and a secondary major in natural resources and environmental science at KSU. Currently, she resides in Manhattan with her husband Bill and their two children, Martin and Kinsey.

Jeffrey Ellis // Corteva Agriscience

Jeff Ellis, PhD: Market Development Specialist has worked for Corteva for 10 years with in Research & Development prior to moving to his current role within their commercial organization.


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Kansas State Fairgrounds | Encampment Building
2000 N. Poplar Street
Hutchinson, KS 67502
(620) 669-3600

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Pricing & Value

  • Workshop Only

  • $180
    • Registration Includes:
    • Different pricing for non-members
    • Evening reception
    • Exhibits
    • Equipment Demonstrations
      • and much more…

  • Workshop & Exam

  • $270
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    • Different pricing for non-members
    • Ride-and-drive
    • Exhibits
    • Evening reception
    • and much more…

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