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Thinking Outside the Box: Rolling Acres Farm adapts to 40 years of change in ag, from dairy to produce

by Tom Parker First impressions are formed within seventeen seconds, psychologists claim, which was roughly the same amount of time it took for the sleek charter bus to inch down the narrow driveway of Rolling Acres Farm. Passengers, attuned to endless fields of corn and soybeans that marked their passage across Iowa, stared out on [...]

Thinking Outside the Box: Rolling Acres Farm adapts to 40 years of change in ag, from dairy to produce2018-11-15T18:28:30+00:00

Thinking Outside the Box: Farm Sweet Farm’s 35 years of organic experience means balancing priorities

by Tom Parker When the charter bus pulled into the driveway of Ron and Maria Rosmann’s farm near Harlan, Iowa, a division surfaced between the passengers that was solidly gender-oriented. The men—farmers mostly—wanted to see the fields first, to inspect equipment, discuss techniques and complain about the weather, while the women wanted [...]

Thinking Outside the Box: Farm Sweet Farm’s 35 years of organic experience means balancing priorities2018-11-15T17:25:21+00:00

Thinking Outside the Box: At Nees Family Farm, health concerns led to organic and eventually profitability

by Tom Parker In 2015, David Nees earned the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award for Sac County, Iowa. It was a big deal. Besides being recognized for his ability to creatively use modern equipment efficiently in an organic operation, for his decades-long focus on developing healthy soils, and for serving as a [...]

Thinking Outside the Box: At Nees Family Farm, health concerns led to organic and eventually profitability2018-11-15T15:53:08+00:00

THE FORGOTTEN CROP: Kansas Legislature legalizes cultivation of industrial hemp

By Tom Parker Like many farmers, Rod Flaman spends a fair amount of time thinking while sitting in his combine. Recently, hemp harvest had just begun, and he wondered if it would be on the upslope or the downslope of the seesaw trajectory that defined his experiences with growing industrial hemp since it [...]

THE FORGOTTEN CROP: Kansas Legislature legalizes cultivation of industrial hemp2018-10-29T23:21:09+00:00

THE FORGOTTEN CROP—Kansas legislature legalizes cultivation of industrial hemp

By Tom Parker Like many farmers, Rod Flaman spends a fair amount of time thinking while sitting in his combine. Recently, hemp harvest had just begun, and he wondered if it would be on the upslope or the downslope of the seesaw trajectory that defined his experiences with growing industrial hemp since it [...]

THE FORGOTTEN CROP—Kansas legislature legalizes cultivation of industrial hemp2018-10-30T00:29:58+00:00

Industrial Hemp Focus of Statewide Meeting Series October 22-23

The opportunity to grow a new specialty oilseed crop in Kansas offers potential for diversification for Kansas farmers looking for an alternative crop, or for new farming enterprises interested in cultivating industrial hemp. In a series of meetings across the state, Canadian farmer Rod Flaman will share how the Canadian hemp market has evolved and [...]

Industrial Hemp Focus of Statewide Meeting Series October 22-232018-10-05T09:59:52+00:00

SEPTEMBER 2018

THE INDUSTRIAL HEMP MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 17-19 HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER DELAYS WITH FLAMAN'S HARVEST SCHEDULE. Get updates on the Events page. HEMP I have a long-time farmer friend, Rod Flaman, from Regina Saskatchewan who farms a bunch of acres up there in Canada. One of his crops is Hemp. He’s [...]

SEPTEMBER 20182018-09-24T13:08:54+00:00

DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY: Iowa’s organic farmers focus of KFU “Thinking Outside the Box” farm tour

By Tom Parker As the big charter bus inched into the narrow entrance to Rolling Acres Farm, one passenger pointed to a blue-and-white “Proud Member of Practical Farmers of Iowa” sign and quipped, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.”Indeed they weren’t, which was a rare thing in itself. For until recently, virtually all field excursions [...]

DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY: Iowa’s organic farmers focus of KFU “Thinking Outside the Box” farm tour2018-09-13T10:55:42+00:00

CHARTERING NEW COUNTIES!

After a series of Farmers’ First Monday events in the Lawrence area, members are ready to move forward with establishing one or more new Farmers Union county chapters in Northeast Kansas. If you live in one of these counties, contact Mercedes to receive updates on chapter chartering meeting this fall: Atchison Douglas Franklin Jackson Jefferson [...]

CHARTERING NEW COUNTIES!2018-09-25T11:28:07+00:00

NEW! DILLONS COMMUNITY REWARDS: Support the KFU Foundation

Are you a Dillons shopper? With the Dillons Community Rewards Program you can support the Kansas Farmers Union Foundation just by shopping at Dillons! All you have to do is enroll your Dillons Plus Card or create an account with Dillons Community Rewards online. After you sign up, KFUF benefits every time you shop and [...]

NEW! DILLONS COMMUNITY REWARDS: Support the KFU Foundation2018-11-16T15:53:13+00:00