01 Sep 2020 Kansas Agri Business Expo Canceled Due to COVID-19
Due to ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the boards of directors for Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) jointly made the decision to cancel the 2020 Kansas Agri Business Expo scheduled for Nov. 18 – 19 at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita.
The Expo, a jointly-coordinated venture between KGFA and KARA, is annually the largest indoor agribusiness tradeshow in the Midwest, drawing more than 1,100 attendees and 150 exhibitors.
“We wish to be as respectful as possible to our attendees, exhibitors, vendors and service providers,” said Ron Seeber, President and CEO of KGFA and KARA. “Both boards of directors met and it was a very sad, but necessary decision to cancel our show for 2020. The logistics around social distancing and city enforcement procedures would have made the Expo take a significant step back and we did not want to put on a subpar experience for everyone involved.”
KGFA and KARA staff are already headed to the drawing board on ideas and themes for November 2021 which will mark the 35th Kansas Agri Business Expo.
“We have high hopes for our 35th show,” said Shari Bennett, Vice President of Event Planning and Expo Manager. “We hope things return to normal next year and we can have the biggest, most well-attended show we’ve ever had.”
The scheduled dates for the 2021 show are slated for November 17 – 18.
1A Recertification held in conjunction with Expo to be Nov. 5
As announced in previous emails, Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association’s annual 1A, ag plant and commercial application recertification course held in conjunction with the Expo will be in EITHER Salina or Lindsborg on Thursday, November 5, 2020.
For the first time, attendees will have the option to recertify in-person or online via recorded Zoom sessions.
Both in-person and online programs are slated to be FULL RECERTIFICATION programs, including the Core Hour, needed to recertify.