Ag Soybean Promotion Day planned for Jan. 24 at MSU

Ag Soybean Promotion Day planned for Jan. 24 at MSU

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 6:46 am

The Messenger 01.17.12

Murray (Ky.) State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture and the Kentucky Soybean Board will host the Eighth Annual Soybean Promotion Day on Jan. 24.
The event will take place in the Murray Room, located inside the CFSB Center on MSU’s campus. Admission is free and reservations are required.
Registration is set for 4 p.m. Seminars and discussions begin at 4:30, with featured speakers Damian Mason and Kip Cullers. A sponsored dinner will be held at 6.
Mason is a humorist and agriculture economist, and Cullers is a world-record soybean producer.
A professional speaker, entertainer and author since 1994, Mason’s career in entertainment began in southern California when he won a Halloween contest dressed as Bill Clinton. Within months, he resigned his position as sales representative for Cooper Industries, a Fortune 500 company.
Today, he delivers hilarious presentations to corporate and association audiences and has more than 1,100 appearances to his credit across the United States and around the world.
Mason has played Bill Clinton in two motion pictures — “Contact” with Jodie Foster and “2001: A Space Travesty” starring Leslie Nielsen. He has appeared on television, penned four books and produced two comedy CDs.
He is president of Green Horizons Incorporated, a domestic services company, and has a 200-acre beef and grain farm in Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in agricultural economics.
Cullers farms in Purdy, Mo., growing 4,000-plus acres of corn and 600 acres of soybeans in seven of Missouri’s southwest counties. He cuts 2,500 acres of silage per year, grows green beans and winter spinach for a regional cannery, contracts for poultry and broiler production and is farm manager of an additional 6,000 corn acres in Missouri for a large New Zealand dairy operation.
In 2006, Cullers set the world record for soybean yields when he harvested 139 bushels per acre in his contest fields. The next year, he broke his own yield record by harvesting 154 bushels per acre. In 2010, he decided to “start from scratch” with his growing practices for beans. After completely changing all he did to grow soybeans, Cullers set another world record of 160.6 bushels per acre.
In 2011, Cullers won the Missouri Soybean Association Yield Contest irrigated category.
Even with his huge success as a soybean grower, his main interest is corn. In 2008, he came away with first- and second-place national wins from the National Corn Growers Association and four first-place state wins for Missouri. He repeated his four first-place state wins in 2009.
Cullers speaks with growers all over the U.S. and hosted a three-day field event in Missouri, which attracted about 2,000 growers from all over North America. In 2010, he traveled in Brazil with the Pioneer company, sharing farming experiences between American and Brazilian farmers.
Anyone wishing to attend the 2012 Soybean Promotion Day should RSVP by Friday. For more information, contact Rhea Ann Wright at (270) 809-3556 or by email at rwright@murraystate.edu.

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