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PAGES FROM A BOOK: Federal Reserve publication ignites interest in developing food systems

By Tom Parker Helen Schnoes was on a return leg from western New York State when she stopped in Omaha, Neb., to meet supporters trying to develop a community food system similar to the framework of the Douglas County Food Policy Council, of which she was the Sustainability and Food Systems Planner. It was [...]

PAGES FROM A BOOK: Federal Reserve publication ignites interest in developing food systems2019-03-06T14:33:24-05:00

Snapshots of the 2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention

Photos by Tom Parker KFU State Convention was held November 29-30, 2018 at the Prairie Band Resort, Mayetta. Special guests for the two-day event were Roger Johnson, Marci Penner, Ron Wilson, & Dale Strickler. Our theme of Rural Resilience appeared many times as we discussed opportunities & challenges facing Kansans: [...]

Snapshots of the 2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention2019-03-08T10:48:42-05:00

Thinking Outside the Box: North Central Farm Tour

by Tom Parker By Dale Strickler’s reckoning, he should have hosted a farm tour weeks earlier. Days had been blazing hot under cloudless skies, but as soon as vehicles began rolling in, a cold, steady rain began falling. His farm was the first stop of “Thinking Outside the Box,” a tour spotlighting [...]

Thinking Outside the Box: North Central Farm Tour2019-03-14T14:18:15-05:00

Backwards from Conventional: Courtland’s Dale Strickler redefines pasture

by Tom Parker Shortly after the first drivers turned onto a narrow two-track leading into what appeared to be an overgrown pasture a few miles south of Courtland, the low rounded hills to the east disappeared behind a translucent veil. Within minutes, a steady cold drizzle settled in. The rutted entrance to [...]

Backwards from Conventional: Courtland’s Dale Strickler redefines pasture2019-03-14T16:17:54-05:00

2019 Kansas Farmers Union Policy

DOWNLOAD the 2019 Kansas Farmers Union Policy PDF Adopted by Kansas Farmers Union Delegates to the KFU State Convention on November 30, 2018 2019 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. Support for Single-Payer Health Care The [...]

2019 Kansas Farmers Union Policy2018-12-05T13:27:50-05:00

2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention to Highlight Opportunities to Enhance Rural Resilience

Rural Resilience: Opportunities and challenges facing rural Kansans is the focus of the 2018 Kansas Farmers Union state convention to be held November 29-30 at the Prairie Band Resort, Mayetta. In addition to building resilient communities, conference sessions will focus on economic opportunities with food systems development, alternative financing for food and ag projects, healthcare, [...]

2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention to Highlight Opportunities to Enhance Rural Resilience2018-11-09T03:05:18-05:00

Support Rural Hospitals by Expanding KanCare

The following op-ed ran in the Topeka Capital Journal on October 30. It’s been a few weeks since the announcement that Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott will close by the end of the year. The residents of Fort Scott and surrounding communities are now confronted with the same grim realities faced by other communities, including [...]

Support Rural Hospitals by Expanding KanCare2018-11-16T10:39:19-05:00

2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention to Highlight Opportunities to Enhance Rural Resilience

Rural Resilience: Opportunities and challenges facing rural Kansans is the focus of the 2018 Kansas Farmers Union state convention to be held November 29-30 at the Prairie Band Resort, Mayetta. In addition to building resilient communities, conference sessions will focus on economic opportunities with food systems development, alternative financing for food and ag projects, [...]

2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention to Highlight Opportunities to Enhance Rural Resilience2018-11-16T10:32:26-05:00

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 was [...]

THE FORGOTTEN CROP: Kansas legislature legalizes cultivation of industrial hemp2018-11-16T10:12:59-05:00

Kansas Farmers Union Fly-In 2018

by Zack Pistora As we head into the voting booths this November, one issue that may make a difference to many of us in farm country is who can help pass a good farm bill. With its direct effect upon commodity payments, crop insurance, food assistance, conservation and local foods programs, research [...]

Kansas Farmers Union Fly-In 20182018-11-16T09:58:58-05:00