Set for March 15 at the Martin Community Center in Marshall, the all-day event is headlined by nationally known Temple Grandin, subject of an award-winning HBO movie. The other speakers are nationally known agriculture advocate Trent Loos, ag humorist Susie Oberdahlhoff of Bowling Green and Saline County Probate Judge Hugh Harvey.
The strong speaker line is one of the reasons they are opening registration two months in advance. The sign-up will continue until they reach the 500-person capacity.
"Because we've pulled out all of the stops for this year's 10th anniversary conference, we are anticipating a big turnout," Singer said. "If we do have to cut-off registrations prior to the conference, we won't be able to accept registrations at the door like in the past."
Lunch this year, will also be special, featuring prime rib. A brass band will entertain during the lunch hour.
As a change this year, registrations are being taken at the USDA Service Center, 704 N. Miami in Marshall, instead of the Extension office, as in past years. Registration is just $20 per person.
"I think we've worked hard to try to keep the cost for participants as low as we possibly can," Singer said. "I think we would all agree we feel we are giving a great value with the level of speakers we are bringing to Marshall. We couldn't do it without the generosity of our sponsors."