Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association releases 2021 training programs


Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association releases 2021 training programs

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) staff will once again be covering all corners of the state in 2021 providing invaluable industry-specific training programs to its members and interested parties.

“The pandemic showed us even though our country could be shut down, our industry and the resources we provide as an association are essential. We worked hard in the last year to adapt and in some cases modernize our training programs so we can continue to offer value no matter the situation,” 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.”

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. Contact Samantha Tenpenny (samantha@kansasag.org | 785.234.0463) for more information.

KARA will be offering six Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Exam Preparation Courses 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. 5, 2021 // Garden City // Garden City Coop
  • Jan. 7, 2021 // Parsons // Southeast KSU Research-Extension Center
  • Feb. 4, 2021 // Topeka // Propane Marketers Association
  • April 15, 2021 // Hays // KSU Ag Research Center
  • Aug. 3, 2021 // Hutchinson // Kansas State Fairgrounds
  • Oct. 28, 2021 // Andover // Butler Community College

In January, 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:

  • Jan. 12, 2021 // Garden City // Garden City Coop
  • Jan. 13, 2021 // Colby // City Limits Center
  • Jan. 14, 2021 // Salina // Salina Chamber Visitors Center Annex
  • Jan. 26, 2021 // Wichita // Sedgwick County Extension
  • Jan. 27, 2021 // Parsons // Southeast KSU Research-Extension Center
  • Jan. 28, 2021 // Topeka // Propane Marketers Association

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 6 – 7, 2021 // Manhattan // KSU Agronomy Farm
  • July 8 – 9, 2021 // Manhattan // KSU Agronomy Farm

Rounding out the summer months, KARA will be in Hutchinson hosting the premier applicator institute in the region, the 10th 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:

  • August 4 – 5, 2021 // 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. 18, 2021 // Hyatt Hotel // Wichita

KARA will close out its 2021 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, 2021 // Lindsborg // J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center

For more information on KARA training programs, please visit www.ksagretailers.org/events-training.