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2018 Kansas Farmers Union Policy

DOWNLOAD the 2018 Kansas Farmers Union Policy PDF Adopted by Kansas Farmers Union Delegates to the KFU State Convention on December 2, 2017 2018 Special Orders of Business All special orders have to be renewed annually as long as the delegates wish them in place. Otherwise they automatically expire. Agricultural Economy “We of the Farmers [...]

2018 Kansas Farmers Union Policy 2018-05-23T10:52:01+00:00

AMERICA AT THE INTERSECTION OF HOPE AND DOUBT: A politician’s perspective on the 1980s farm crisis

By Tom Parker In February of 1979, thousands of disgruntled farmers flooded the streets of Washington D.C. with an estimated 900 tractors and hundreds of support vehicles. The uniquely American protest was organized by the American Agriculture Movement, whose members felt that government and industry leaders were out of touch with the needs of [...]

AMERICA AT THE INTERSECTION OF HOPE AND DOUBT: A politician’s perspective on the 1980s farm crisis 2018-03-29T09:49:12+00:00

Senator Kassebaum Baker Receives KFU’s 2017 Ruth Hirsh Award

KFU proudly honors the legacy of Ruth Hirsh through its award in her name which is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to agriculture and the efforts of the Farmers Union. Hirsh was a strong advocate for a viable education program in Farmers Union; not only for the children, but also [...]

Senator Kassebaum Baker Receives KFU’s 2017 Ruth Hirsh Award 2018-03-29T11:34:27+00:00

BRIDGES: Making connections in a changing world

By Tom Parker As a member of the planning committee for the 2017 Kansas Farmers Union convention, she was instrumental in combining a diverse assortment of speakers, discussions and forums ranging from policy, personal narrative, history and art into a thematic whole, minus the thematic. “Your convention planning team is philosophically opposed to [...]

BRIDGES: Making connections in a changing world 2018-03-29T11:52:48+00:00

Holding the Line: Thoughts on drafting a new farm bill

Before getting into the issues of drafting a new farm bill during tough economic times as Congress is expected to do next year, Bill Spiegel offered his guest panelists the opportunity to draw up their own personal list of things they would like to see included, sort of a Christmas wish list whispered into Santa’s [...]

Holding the Line: Thoughts on drafting a new farm bill 2018-03-29T12:36:27+00:00

WASHINGTON CORNER: February 2018

Senate & House Pass Tax Plan with Few Benefits for Family Farmers Just days before its Christmas recess, Congress passed its sweeping plan for tax reform, putting most of its provisions into effect at the top of 2018. Here’s what changed: the top individual tax rate and the corporate tax rate were both lowered, from [...]

WASHINGTON CORNER: February 2018 2018-03-29T13:02:52+00:00

Long Road Ahead: A legislative update from the trenches

By TOM PARKER What might have been a fairly routine update on agricultural legislation and the 2018 farm bill was overshadowed by the U.S. Senate’s promise to ramrod through a tax reform bill that would add an estimated $1.47 trillion to the deficit over the next decade, provide corporate America unprecedented tax cuts, and enrich [...]

Long Road Ahead: A legislative update from the trenches 2018-03-29T13:36:06+00:00

STATEHOUSE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By SEAN GATEWOOD The Kansas Legislative session is moving right along now. The big issue is K-12 school finance. The Supreme Court has ruled the current funding formula unconstitutionally inadequate and unequitable. This is a decade plus long battle and will require new money being spent on schools. This issue is what is shaping the [...]

STATEHOUSE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 2018-03-29T14:08:10+00:00