American healthcare getting more expensive, less effective

By Tom Parker When Walter Cronkite spoke, America listened. His unbiased reporting on events from Vietnam, President Kennedy’s assassination and Watergate earned him the title of “the most trusted man in America.” Cronkite’s words carried weight, and though he strictly adhered to the standards of objective journalism, he still managed to make his [...]

American healthcare getting more expensive, less effective2019-03-04T14:26:58+00:00

Climate Changes: NFU president assesses the uncertain farm economy

The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law on December 20, 2018. Read NFU President Roger Johnson's statement on the passage here. By Tom Parker The National Farmers Union, while admittedly leaning left of center on the political spectrum, has always been staunchly nonpartisan on issues facing America’s farmers and ranchers, NFU President [...]

Climate Changes: NFU president assesses the uncertain farm economy2019-03-08T10:26:40+00:00

Convention Delegates Adopt 2019 KFU Policy Priorities

Delegates to the 2018 State Convention adopted seven Special Orders of Business during policy debate. The orders address a wide range of concerns, from healthcare and mental health services to the rural economy and beginning farmer support. New orders include: On the rural economy, members connect grain surpluses from over-production and high crop yields [...]

Convention Delegates Adopt 2019 KFU Policy Priorities2019-03-06T17:19:29+00:00

Forrest Buhler and Char Henton Receive KFU’s 2018 Ruth Hirsh Awards

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 [...]

Forrest Buhler and Char Henton Receive KFU’s 2018 Ruth Hirsh Awards2019-03-08T10:57:38+00:00

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+00:00

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+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 crisis2018-03-29T09:49:12+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 Award2018-03-29T11:34:27+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 world2018-03-29T11:52:48+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 bill2018-03-29T12:36:27+00:00