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CHASING THE FLAVOR: Produce Farm Twilight Tour highlights specialty crop farms and basics of post-harvest handling

By Tom Parker “Peaches,” Tom Brown said. “For five years I asked hundreds and hundreds of people in the Wichita area about what kinds of produce they would pay a premium for, and, I’m serious, I think 99 percent of them said fresh peaches.” That’s because a fresh-picked, straight-off-the-tree peach is a succulent [...]

CHASING THE FLAVOR: Produce Farm Twilight Tour highlights specialty crop farms and basics of post-harvest handling 2017-08-30T13:10:17+00:00

NFUF Launching Needs Assessment Survey to Inform Food Safety

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017) – The Local Food Safety Collaborative, a collaboration between National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) and the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), today launched a nationwide food safety survey. The results will help the organization address the needs of small producers and processors with regards to food safety and compliance with [...]

NFUF Launching Needs Assessment Survey to Inform Food Safety 2017-07-24T09:53:01+00:00

July 2017

Hi, just a few comments, I don’t want to take up precious space in this Kontact with my ramblings…. Sean did a really good job reviewing our legislative session this year in Topeka. He does a really good job for us. One tidbit of gossip I want to share is that I heard through [...]

July 2017 2017-07-22T08:09:34+00:00

Join KFU & Friends for Farm Bill Listening Sessions

The working of our next farm bill is rapidly coming at us. The last farm bill, although well intended when passed, had its funding cut so much it was pretty much useless as a safety net as we have found out so glaringly as the farm economy has collapsed. We need a new farm [...]

Join KFU & Friends for Farm Bill Listening Sessions 2017-07-21T14:22:24+00:00

Bus Tour to Showcase Wichita-area Farms and Food Safety Management

By TOM PARKER Like most farmers, Tom Brown, co-owner of Meadowlark Farm outside of Wichita, takes a dim view of what he considers unnecessary government regulations meddling in his operation. One such piece of legislation is the Produce Safety Rule—the first mandatory federal standard for growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce. Published [...]

Bus Tour to Showcase Wichita-area Farms and Food Safety Management 2017-07-21T14:04:30+00:00

A Son’s Tribute: FINAL GIFT WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED

We recently lost a long-time active Farmers Union member, John Strunk. He was the president of the Sedgwick County Farmers Union and pretty much told everyone what he thought they needed to hear, and I never really knew for sure what that was. He kept his cards close to the vest. He was one [...]

A Son’s Tribute: FINAL GIFT WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED 2017-07-21T13:59:07+00:00

Washington Corner: July 2017

July 2017 The national farm economy is deteriorating, forcing many family farmers and ranchers to make tough financial decisions that will impact their families, communities, and the entire country. In response to these tough conditions, NFU and Farmers Union state divisions have initiated a national campaign to raise awareness for the current farm crisis. [...]

Washington Corner: July 2017 2017-07-21T12:41:12+00:00

Amidst a Severe Economic Downturn for Farmers, Congress Must Create a Functional, Adequately Funded Farm Safety Net

As American family farmers and ranchers navigate the most severe economic downturn since the 1980s farm crisis, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors is urging the U.S. Congress to allocate more money to the farm safety net to make it work for family agriculture. Family farmers and ranchers provide an essential service in [...]

Amidst a Severe Economic Downturn for Farmers, Congress Must Create a Functional, Adequately Funded Farm Safety Net 2017-07-21T12:03:12+00:00

U.S. Should Enforce Trade Agreements, NFU Says

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) joined a number of other manufacturing and agricultural organizations to support the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to investigate aluminum and steel imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Should the investigation determine that imports threaten national security, the administration is authorized to act to [...]

U.S. Should Enforce Trade Agreements, NFU Says 2017-07-21T08:06:53+00:00