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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 hemp 2018-10-30T00:29:58+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 22-23 2018-10-05T09:59:52+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 2018 2018-09-24T13:08:54+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 tour 2018-09-13T10:55:42+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 Foundation 2018-11-16T15:53:13+00:00

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 2018-12-05T13:14:25+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