From population changes to rural healthcare and farming and food access. On January 9, Gov. Laura Kelly announced that she had reached a deal with Republicans who control the Legislature to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Senate Bill 252 to expand Medicaid is scheduled to have four days of hearings in the [...]
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by Amy Hadachek When four Kansas state legislators and a policy analyst converged in front of an overflowing public audience, predicting the ‘hot topics’ for the 2020 Kansas legislative session came as easily as a Kansas breeze. The event was the well-attended panel discussion during the Kansas Farmers Union state convention Wednesday, December 4th [...]
KFU adopts policy, elects officers and board, and charters new chapter at annual convention in Lawrence
Grassroots policy development took center stage at the annual Kansas Farmers Union (KFU) State Convention in Lawrence earlier this month when more than 100 members gathered to debate and adopt policy for the 2020 legislative session. KFU has a rich history of working to protect and promote the interests of family farmers and ranchers [...]
2019 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention to Consider Future of Agriculture, Kansas and Rural Communities
By Mercedes Taylor-Puckett The Road Ahead: Framing a future for agriculture, Kansas, and our communities is the focus of the 2019 Kansas Farmers Union state convention, December 4-5 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Lawrence. In addition to exploring what a truly progressive farm program would look like and how we can make it [...]
DELEGATE CREDENTIALING Our state convention is rapidly approaching. It’s going to be in Lawrence at the Double Tree by Hilton December 4th and 5th. As the years have gone by, we have gotten very casual about our credentialing of delegates being seated for the business meeting and the creation of the coming year’s policy of [...]
By SEAN GATEWOOD This session was a much shorter session. Usually Sine Die is simply a ceremony that half of the members don’t even show up to. This year was different. There were several veto overrides and failed attempts as well as a protest. As always I have enjoyed being [...]
By Tom Parker To hear Ron Wilson tell it, Linda Katz’s entry into one of the most improbable and outlandish business schemes in the annals of entrepreneurship started out as a joke.Like many families in rural areas, hers had scattered across the nation in pursuit of more lucrative opportunities. Some lived nearby and some lived [...]
Tawnie Larson Kansas State University Project Coordinator The Kansas AgrAbility Project’s primary purpose is to assist Kansas farmers/ranchers, their employees, and family members who have become injured, have a health condition, or a limitation to remain actively engaged in production agriculture for as long as they choose. It is estimated that more than [...]
Would you like to be better heard in Topeka or Washington, D.C.? Do you feel as though your voice isn’t heard in Topeka or Washington, D.C.? Maybe you’ve considered visiting with your reps in the past, but felt unsure how to present your perspective clearly and effectively? Kansas Farmers Union’s Policy Advocates Program provides [...]
The Policy Committee meets in October! Review the 2019 KFU Policy Statement and contact Donn with your proposed changes or additions. KFU members are welcome to attend the Policy Committee meeting on Friday, October 25, beginning at 10:00 am at the KFU State Office, McPherson. The committee will review suggested policy changes and additions. The [...]