Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association releases 2020 training programs

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association releases 2020 training programs

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) staff will be covering all corners of the state in 2020 providing invaluable industry-specific training programs to its members and interested parties.

“This year we asked our board of directors to help us revitalize our training offerings so we could better serve our membership,” KARA President and CEO Ron Seeber said. “I’m proud of the flexibility our stakeholders and staff have shown to evolve and create new opportunities for our members to gain useful, productive knowledge at these courses that will help them become safer and more efficient at their profession.”

One of the new changes KARA is offering to its members are ‘house-call’ training sessions where for a guaranteed number of participants, the association will travel anywhere in the state to provide any of the following training programs at an agreed upon rate.

Also new in 2020, KARA will be offering a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Exam Preparation Course six times throughout the year. These one-day courses will walk attendees through the Kansas CDL Manual with the goal of obtaining their Commercial Learners Permit (CLP). These courses will be capped at 25 registrants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Information on the CDL preparation courses is below:
Jan. 7, 2020 // Garden City // Garden City Coop
Jan. 9, 2020 // Maize // Corporate Safety Compliance
Jan. 16, 2020 // Parsons // Commercial Bank
March 26, 2020 // Manhattan // Kansas Dept. of Agriculture
April 16, 2020 // Hays // KSU Ag Research Center
Aug. 4, 2020 // Hutchinson // Kansas State Fairgrounds

In February, KARA will cover the state offering six NH3 Safety Workshops. These programs include a combination of demonstrations and presentations that will cover the characteristics of anhydrous ammonia, facility safety, emergency response and product handling. Information on the NH3 Safety Workshops is below:
Feb. 11, 2020 // Topeka // Propane Marketers
Feb. 12, 2020 // Parsons // Commercial Bank
Feb. 13, 2020 // Wichita // Sedgwick County Extension
Feb. 18, 2020 // Garden City // Garden City Coop
Feb. 19, 2020 // Colby // City Limits Center
Feb. 20, 2020 // Salina // Hilton Garden Inn

Just after the 4th of July, KARA will be in Manhattan working with K-State Agronomy to put on the annual KSU Field Days workshops where participants can get into the weeds on herbicide efficacy and injury, crop insect pests, crop diseases, weed ID, environmental and water quality and so much more. Information on KSU Field Days is below:
– July 7 – 8, 2020 // Manhattan // KSU Agronomy Farm
– July 9 – 10, 2020 // Manhattan // KSU Agronomy Farm

Rounding out the summer months, KARA will be in Hutchinson hosting the premier applicator institute in the region, the 9th annual Kansas Applicator Institute. The applicator institute features exhibitors and a popular ride-and-drive where attendees can test drive the latest and greatest in precision agriculture equipment. Information on Kansas Applicator Institute is below:
– Aug. 5 – 6, 2020 // Hutchinson // Kansas State Fairgrounds

The association will offer full 1A Recertification in one day in conjunction with the Kansas Agri Business Expo in November. The day-long course features presentations ranging from pasture and rangeland improvement to spineless pests affecting agricultural crops and earns attendees a year’s worth of continuing education credit. Information on 1A Recertification is below:
– Nov. 19, 2020 // Hyatt Hotel // Wichita

KARA will close out its 2020 training slate with its Crop Production Update in early December. This training provides the latest research and technological advances in the crop production industry. The presentations include the latest technology on weed and insect control, fertilizer and chemical recommendations, soil fertility concerns and much more. Information on Crop Production Update is below:
– Dec. 1 – 2, 2020 // Salina // Hilton Garden Inn