KARTA Concludes KATCON 2023 with Momentum Toward Future

Rachel LeadholdClient News, Lifestyle Feature

Attendees listen to presentations on the future of AgTech

Speakers and Attendees Get Education on AgTech Developments

Junction City, Kansas – Jan 23, 2022 – The Kansas Ag Research & Technology Association (KARTA) just concluded KATCON 2023, its first since 2020 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Junction City, Kansas.  The popular event, which looks closely at AgTech and its benefits to production agriculture, had great attendance and a lineup of speakers across agriculture, academia and industry that brought topics to the table such as Regenerative Ag ROI, Quantifying Carbon, Precision Farming, Supplying Nitrogen with Microbes, Regenerative Farming with Use of Robots, Ultra Long-Range Weather Data and Forecasting Insights.

This year’s keynote speakers included a variety of industry leaders such as Dan Poston, V.P. of Field Research and Development at Pivot Bio. Poston is an experienced research manager skilled in agrochemicals, farms, crop protection and Sustainable Agriculture with a PhD focused on Plant Physiology/Weed Science from Virginia Tech.

“KARTA has been a trusted source for almost 25 years, bringing the most current AgTech concepts and real-world applications to the agriculture industry across Kansas and beyond,” said Darren Hofmann, KARTA president for 2022. “As we conclude KATCON 2023, we have had amazing feedback from attendees, sponsors and speakers alike.  We have a great board of directors and great momentum for the remainder of 2023 and the next event in January 2024. We look forward to another great year of AgTech!”

In addition to gaining insight from leaders and educators across AgTech, KATCON attendees heard from growers and farmers that have had access to grants from KARTA to conduct on-farm ag research, had open dialog across multiple participants and spent time with exhibitors during the event to see how AgTech can help maximize yield and thrive during difficult times.

KARTA would like to thank its sponsors this year including Great Plains Ag, Greener Crop, Heartland, HitchPin, Indigo Ag, Swihart Sales, Veris Technologies and Verdova. KATRA would also like to thank K-State Research & Extension, which provides advisors, key education resources and overall support to KARTA and its mission. 


The Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association is an organization of innovative people including farmers, researchers and industry persons who share a common desire to learn more about production agriculture. KARTA is the premier resource for providing information about agricultural technologies and on-farm research. Originally known as KARA (Kansas Ag Research Association), a new name and logo was adopted in 2012 to more closely reflect the focus on technology and to uniquely identify the organization in Kansas. KARTA is a non-profit organization and is governed by a Board of Directors whose members represent the producers, Kansas State University, and the agricultural industries in Kansas.

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