Congratulations to Maggie and Adam Pounds of South Hutchinson! They were awarded the 2019 Innovative Conservation in Agriculture Award from the Reno County Conservation District! Maggie and Adam, owners of Simple Abundance Farm, are first generation farmers and Hutchinson natives and new members of Kansas Farmers Union. Adam and Maggie cultivate fresh nutritious, and [...]
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The Winter 2020 edition of the Kontact is printing . . . Look for it in your mailbox early next week. Can't wait? Read the articles online! View the Winter 2020 Kontact on ISSUU. Download a PDF of the Winter 2020 Kontact (2.8 MB) Inside this issue, you'll find: President’s Report Welcoming 100+ New [...]
For our first FarmHer Friday of February, we're recognizing the extraordinary Linda Hessman. If you've been lucky enough to cross paths with Linda, we bet you have a story! Please share one in the comments... Linda was Kansas Farmers Union’s vice president from 2016 to 2019 and had served on the board for more [...]
Did you appreciate Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow's perspective during the Progressive Farm Program session at last month's convention? Then head over and listen to Bonnie on the Something to Chew On podcast from @kansasstateuniversity Global Food Systems... Agricultural history in the U.S. Southern Great Plains. One story on “who wins.” with Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow: Listen [...]
Between persistently low prices, climate change, and trade uncertainty, times have been particularly tough in farm country - and it's taking a toll on farmers' mental wellbeing. But because 60 percent of rural residents live in areas that suffer from mental health professional shortages, many don't know where to turn when they need help. That's [...]
Be like Keisha . . . a confident voice for Kansas agriculture and family farmers. Keisha McClish Couts joined almost 400 of @nationalfarmersunion family farmer and rancher members on Capitol Hill last fall to meet face-to-face with members of Congress. Keisha is one of seven 2019 KFU Policy Advocates who received guidance and support from [...]
Happy Birthday to KFU BoD member Jason Schmidt of @grazing_plains_farm Jason was recently reelected to the Kansas Farmers Union BoD for the South District. Thanks for all you do and being such a clear, strong voice for sustainable ag and family farming, Jason! Click on over to read the Bethel College, North Newton, KS [...]
Each year, National Farmers Union awards several scholarships to eligible college students. There are three available awards: Stanley Moore National Scholarships are awarded to Farmers Union members enrolled in a two-year or four-year college or university to be used for tuition and books. The Hubert K. JoAnn Seymour Scholarship is awarded to one or [...]
Donn Teske Rob Larew Mike Eby You might notice a familiar face... Three Vie for Farmers Union Presidency As current National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson plans to step down at the end of his term, the organization is preparing for an election for his successor [...]
Welp, I’ve re-written this President’s Report three times already trying to share with you what is in my mind and my soul. Let’s try this one… I have filed as a candidate for the position of president for the National Farmers Union. This sounds simple, but it isn’t. I waffled a long time over [...]