2014 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention

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  • Cole Cottin, Kansas Rural Center. on Feeding Kansas: Because Feeding the World Must Include Feeding Ourselves
  • Mark Rude is Executive Director, Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3.
  • Dale Strickler, Star Seed, and Herb Bartel, KFU board, discuss forages.
  • Chris Sramek and Chris Schmidt, High Plains Food Co-op
  • Leon Atwell, High Plains Food Co-op
  • David and Ramona Heiens
  • Larry Mitchell, USDA GIPSA Administrator
  • Linda Hessman, KFU board, and Mary Fund, Kansas Rural Center on the family farm advocacy panel.
  • Ed Reznicek, Kansas Organic Producers General Manager, on the family farm advocacy panel.
  • Linda Hessman, KFU board, on the family farm advocacy panel.
  • Rachel Myslivy, Program Director for the Climate + Energy Project, on the family farm advocacy panel.
  • Nick Levendofsky discusses the 2015 Kansas Family Farm Day planning.
  • Cody Holmes, Rockin H Ranch, shares Farm Transition Opportunities with KFU members Friday afternoon.
  • Forrest Buhler, Staff Attorney for the Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services (KAMS), provides insight on the upcoming farm and ranch succession planning workshops.
  • Cody Holmes, Rockin H Ranch, Jerry Karr, KFU members, and Chandler Goule, National Farmers Union Senior Vice President.
  • 2014 KFU Convention Banquet on Friday, December 5.
  • KFU President Donn Teske addresses the audience during the 2014 KFU Convention Banquet.
  • Lavern Potuzak, KFU Vice-President, receives the 2014 Ruth Hirsh Award from President Teske.
  • Jeff Downing, Midwest Regional Agency General Manager, gives the MRA annual report. MRA is a Farmers Union company.
  • National Geographic photographer and Kansas native Jim Richardson provies insight on Feeding 9 Billion during the banquet keynote.
  • Norm Oeding, KFU member, with his annual Kansas Farmers Union Foundation–bread from his Little Red Hen Bakery.
  • Christy Davis, Executive Director of Symphony on the Plains, keeps an eye on KFUF bidding for two tickets to the 2015 event.
  • Tim Olmstead, KFU member and professional auctioneer, gets the crowd going during the 2015 KFUF Auction.
  • Nick Levendofsky, Republic County Farmers Union President and Matt Ubell, Pottawatomie County Farmers Union President, present an auction item to the crowd.
  • KFU convention banquet attendees enjoy typical auction antics.
  • Nick Levendofsky describes a quilt donated by Becky Craig held by Tim Olmstead and Kristen Swanson.
  • Greg Frank, MRA agent from Smith Center, and Rick Lindblom, MRA District Manager, already win big during the KFUF auction.
  • Kristen Swanson displays an auction item. KFUF Auction proceeds support education programming throughout the year.
  • Jeff Davidson's Where the West Begins presentation leads audiences through the history of the great state of Kansas, from the time of Coronado to the end of the 1800's.
  • Jeff Davidson sings about the wagon trains across Kansas.
  • Zach Teske, MRA agent in Wamego, Donn Teske, KFU President, and Chandler Goule, NFU Senior Vice-President discuss convention events.
  • Ty Racette, MRA agent from Larned, and Tim Olmstead admire a photo donated by Tom Parker to the 2015 KFUF auction.

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Kansas falling behind in feeding its own, study says

By Tom Parker

The good news is, Kansas consumers spend $7.2 billion on food each year. The bad news is, $6.5 billion of it comes from beyond the state’s borders, obesity is on the rise, 56 percent of Kansas farmers […]

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