This year's plenary session theme:
"Changing Conservation Communications:
Shifting Values, Techniques, and Priorities"
The plenary session and Kansas Conservation Champion Award will take place online January 27, with poster presentations occurring online January 27, 28, and 29.
Poster presentations by professionals and students on any natural resource-related topic of importance to Kansas and the region will be considered. Past topics have included aquatic species, rangeland, wildlife, and forest and riparian issues, but are NOT limited to these categories. Accepted abstracts will be published within the online event. 

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through THIS LINK.
(Please see below for example abstract.)


Accepted abstracts will be allotted into one of five main topic categories. Each topic category will have its own virtual poster session. Subscribers to the conference will have 10 days prior to the conference to view posters. Poster sessions during the virtual E-conference will begin with a brief 2-minute elevator talk overview by each poster presenter, followed by a moderated, open question and answer period of all posters for that session. Each session will be limited to 2 hours. Poster presenters will be required to register for the conference.  

Accepted poster presentations need to be completed and submitted for viewing by January 18, no late posters will be accepted. Poster presentations could occur at any of the session time slots on January 27 -29. Posters should be loaded as a PDF file, and made to fit a size no more than 4 by 4 feet if printed.  

Direct questions regarding this call for papers to:
Keith Harmoney
Kansas State University - ARCH
1232 240th Avenue
Hays, KS 67601
785-625-3425 ext. 221

  • Provide the presentation title, author(s) name, and contact author’s address and email.
  • Provide the text of the abstract, no more than 200 words.
  • Authors will be notified of the status of their submission via email by December 15, 2020.  


Abstract Example

A Comparison of Stocking Systems for Shortgrass Rangeland

Matt I. Maidup, Keith R. Harmoney, and Harv Jansonius. Kansas State University Ag Research Center – Hays, 1232 240th Ave., Hays, KS 67601 | 785-625-3425  |

A comparison of animal gains and vegetation trends was made from 2002-2008 between a continuous season-long stocking (SLS) system and a modified intensive-early stocking system with late season grazing (IES 1.6X + 1) on shortgrass native rangeland of western Kansas. Average daily gains and total animal gain were different between the continuous season-long stocked and the intensive-early stocked animals during the first half of the grazing season. No difference was found between average daily gain and total animal gain for the continuous season-long stocked and intensive-early stocked with late season grazing animals during the last half of the season. Total individual animal gain and average daily gain was not different between the continuous season-long stocked and the intensive-early stocked system animals that were on pasture the entire grazing season. Total beef gain on a land area basis (85 vs. 68 lb/acre, P=0.008) was greater for the modified intensive-early stocked system with late season grazing with greater early animal densities. Changes in residual biomass and most key vegetation components at the end of the grazing season were not different between the two systems.  

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