Change the World by Asking “Why?”

By Tom Parker As an opening act for a discussion on cultivating healthy rural communities, Rosanna Bauman’s stunt with a big pitcher of water and a small drinking glass were hard to beat. As members of the Kansas Farmers Union kept one eye on Bauman and the other on their lunch, the crisp clatter of [...]

Change the World by Asking “Why?”2016-11-04T21:46:13-05:00

New legislation from Washington, D.C. “an attack on rural America,” NFU’s Driscoll says

By Tom Parker Climate change, country-of-origin labeling, foreign trade, trade deficits, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, biofuels, sequestration, incentive bills for young farmers, education programs and the Food Safety Modernization Act were among the blizzard of legislative discussions coming out of Washington, D.C., National Farmers Union Government Relations Representative Tom Driscoll told members of the Kansas Farmers [...]

New legislation from Washington, D.C. “an attack on rural America,” NFU’s Driscoll says2016-11-04T21:46:13-05:00

New technology and REAP program make solar energy more efficient, affordable and easy to install

By Tom Parker The last thing Cheri Harper wanted to do was to stand in front of a group of semi-strangers and talk about renewable solar energy. It wasn’t due to any lack of knowledge or experience or technical proficiency, or passion, for that matter, because she practically vibrated with intensity when rattling off prices [...]

New technology and REAP program make solar energy more efficient, affordable and easy to install2016-11-04T21:46:13-05:00

Changes to Kansas corporate farming law pose potential health impacts, study finds

By Tom Parker In 2013, Kansas lawmakers considered amending the current Kansas Corporate Farming Law with two bills, one for each legislative branch, that would have removed restrictions for agribusinesses with certain forms of ownership structure—corporate, in other words—to operate within the state. Among other changes, the Kansas Agriculture Growth and Rural Investment Initiative, as [...]

Changes to Kansas corporate farming law pose potential health impacts, study finds2016-11-04T21:46:13-05:00

State needs to expand and support local food movement, task force recommends to legislature

By Tom Parker Ron Brown, Chairman of the Kansas Local Food and Farm Task Force, opened his statements to members of the Kansas Farmers Union during their annual convention in mid-December with a pun that was so hackneyed and so clichéd that it almost obscured what came immediately after. Almost, but not quite. For while [...]

State needs to expand and support local food movement, task force recommends to legislature2016-11-04T21:46:13-05:00

State’s Fiscal Crisis Will Hit Rural Kansas Hardest, Goossen Warns

By Tom Parker Kansas governor Sam Brownback’s fiscal experiment has brought so many unprecedented changes and impacts to the state budget that it’s earned its own designation among other states—even conservative states—seeking similar tax-cutting proposals: “the Kansas Effect.” It is not an endearing term, said Duane Goossen. “As other states are considering different kinds of [...]

State’s Fiscal Crisis Will Hit Rural Kansas Hardest, Goossen Warns2016-11-04T21:46:15-05:00

From Boom to Bust, Writer Explores Water in Kansas

By Tom Parker To the average Kansas resident living in a metropolitan area, water is a given. Turn on the tap and water flows out. The water is clear, free of impurities and, apparently, infinite in supply. It’s more complicated in rural Kansas. Turn on the tap and water flows out, but it isn’t always [...]

From Boom to Bust, Writer Explores Water in Kansas2016-11-04T21:46:15-05:00

Open the Sky: Kansas Farmers Union Convention focuses on cultivating healthy rural communities

By Tom Parker When Rosanna Bauman took the stage at the annual Kansas Farmers Union State Convention in Topeka, she wordlessly held up an empty drinking glass and a saucer, placed them before her in a tray and began pouring water into the glass. Within seconds the water spilled over the rim and spread across [...]

Open the Sky: Kansas Farmers Union Convention focuses on cultivating healthy rural communities2016-11-04T21:46:15-05:00

2015 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention to Highlight Rural Revitalization

Kansas Farmers Union, the state’s oldest active general farm organization, will hold its annual convention at the Ramada Downtown Hotel and Convention Center, Topeka, December 10-11, 2015. The general public is encouraged to attend. This year’s theme is Cultivating Healthy Rural Communities. In addition to rural revitalization through arts, culture and entrepreneurship, conference sessions will [...]

2015 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention to Highlight Rural Revitalization2016-11-04T21:46:15-05:00

Hop on the Bus, Get Schooled on Local Food and Value-Added Production & Processing

Farmers of all experience levels are invited to hop on the bus and gain a better grasp of the opportunities and challenges of our local food systems. The Kansas Beginning Farmer Bus Tour follows convention and a special beginning farmer rate is available thanks to the Midwest Regional Agency. Learn more and register at KansasFarmersUnion.org [...]

Hop on the Bus, Get Schooled on Local Food and Value-Added Production & Processing2016-11-04T21:46:20-05:00