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UNDERSTANDING BACKWARDS:
Lessons from the 1980s farm crisis

Farm advocates reflect on the 80s farm crisis
to share knowledge that could prevent farmers,
mediators and advocacy workers from
making the same mistakes again

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PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION:
New Administration Poses Questions for NFU

Struggling rural and farm economies,
continued ag business consolidation,
and a push to get started on the next farm bill
are key issues for National Farmers Union.

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“IT WAS A HELL OF A RIDE”
GIPSA Administrator Looks Back

Larry Mitchell’s Reflections of a Texas Plowboy in Washington, D.C.
touches on tractorcades, lobbying, farm bills,
and heading the United States Department of Agriculture’s
Grain Inspectors, Packers and Stockyards Agency.

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KFU Vice President Linda Hessman

Hessman Elected KFU Vice President

Longtime Kansas Farmers Union board member Linda Hessman was elected state vice president on Thursday, December 8 during the organization’s annual convention in Wichita.

Hessman is a generational farmer’s daughter. She married into a generational farm family from Dodge City where she and her husband Jerry farmed and raised a cow herd in a family partnership for 34 years.

She is a Certified Mediator specializing in ag issues as well as a national Farm Aid Advocate. In 2015, Farm Aid honored Linda as one of its 1985 original Farm Advocates during its concert in Chicago. She’s also received the prestigious KFU Ruth Hirsch Award in 2012, and the National Catholic Rural Life Award for her work with farm & ranch families developing programs for rural areas. She served a 4-year term as a Kansas Wheat Commissioner. Rural communities and families, including her own, continue to be her passion.

Rosanna Bauman, new member of the KFU Board of Directors

Bauman Joins KFU Board of Directors

Rosanna Bauman is a farmer and serial ag entrepreneur from Garnett. Together with her parents and five siblings, Bauman has developed businesses that expand opportunities for local food production in eastern Kansas through USDA-inspected poultry and meat processing facilities and a non-GMO feed hub.

At the age of 17, Rosanna became the youngest certified HACCP writer in K-State’s training program. She used those skills when launching ANCO Processing, the only on-farm poultry processing facility in Kansas to process not only the farm’s birds, but also the neighbors. Once the smallest USDA-certified plant in the nation, ANCO has now grown to processing 50,000 birds in 2015. 

In 2014, Bauman was one of 24 farmers selected from the U.S. to present in the National Slow Money Entrepreneur Showcase. Her family’s Feed Hub project was chosen to receive the 1st place, 0% interest loan. This innovative aggregation center for local grains provides non-GMO livestock grains for Baumans’ farm, and other’s in the region. Bauman’s Farm Feeds sold 70 tons of grain in 2015.

KFU members developing policy.
2017 Policy

2017 KFU Policy Statement

Adopted December 8, 2016

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KFU has teamed up with Cruise Planners, Cyndi and Lonnie Morris, to offer a Denali Adventure and Alaskan Cruise.
Join Us August 18-28, 2017, for our Denali Adventure.
Then board the beautiful Norwegian Sun as we host friends, family and area farmers on a fabulous week sailing the inside passage of Alaska.

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Farmers Market on Wheels: Producer fills gap in Wichita-area food desert

by Tom Parker For Donna Pearson McClish, it all started with a question. It wasn’t her question, not then, though it would become hers in the weeks and months and years to come, and uttered in such a way [...]

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Transition into New Presidential Administration Poses Questions for NFU

by Tom Parker As a new presidential administration prepares to take office following the most divisive election campaign in recent history and with a Congress whose members are increasingly distanced from the realities of common Americans, the National Farmers [...]

“Hell of a ride”: GIPSA Administrator Looks Back at Career in Politics

by Tom Parker Larry Mitchell, fresh out of college and back on the farm, was building fence when the phone rang. His father answered, listened for a minute, said he’d be right back. Got a call, he told his [...]

  • Farm Crisis Panel Quote by Charlie Griffin

Understanding Backwards: Lessons from the 1980s farm crisis

By Tom Parker Prior to a panel discussion on the 1980s farm crisis and its implications for the future, a documentary about the crisis was aired for members of the Kansas Farmers Union during their annual convention in [...]

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Meet Our Board

KFU’s board is composed of eight members. The state’s North & South Districts are each represented by three members. The President and Vice President are elected annually.

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Meet Our Staff

In addition to the main KFU State Office in McPherson, Kansas Farmers Union also has three staff members that work from home-based offices.

Learn About Our History

The Kansas Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union, founded early in the last century, has made significant and varied contributions to agriculture and family farming in our state.

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The key to the success and credibility of the NFU organization has been Farmers Union’s grassroots structure in which policy positions are initiated locally.

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NFU Says Farmer Fair Practices Rules a ‘Step in the Right Direction’ for Fair Market Practices

National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased by today’s announcement that the long-awaited Farmer Fair Practices Rules, which aim to level the playing field for family livestock producers and poultry growers, have been released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) [...]

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No-Vote Action on TPP a “Significant Victory” for Family Farmers and Ranchers, NFU Says

A staunch opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) commended Congress for agreeing to forgo a last minute vote and reexamine the deeply flawed trade agreement. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement in [...]

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NFU Backs ‘American Food for American Schools’ Legislation

Recognizing the need to improve sourcing of American-grown food products by U.S. schools, National Farmers Union (NFU) applauded the introduction of the “American Food for American Schools Act of 2016.” The legislation aims to enforce provisions of the Richard B. [...]

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NFU Beginning Farmers Travel to California for On-Farm Learning Sessions

The National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI) reconvened in Salinas, California, on Friday, November 4, for the second of three annual programming sessions. Seventeen beginning farmers and ranchers from across the country attended the two-day, hands-on learning session [...]

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