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 crisis2018-03-29T09:49:12-05:00

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 Award2018-03-29T11:34:27-05:00

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 world2018-03-29T11:52:48-05:00

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 bill2018-03-29T12:36:27-05:00

Long Road Ahead: A legislative update from the trenches

By TOM PARKER What might have been a fairly routine update on agricultural legislation and the 2018 farm bill was overshadowed by the U.S. Senate’s promise to ramrod through a tax reform bill that would add an estimated $1.47 trillion to the deficit over the next decade, provide corporate America unprecedented tax cuts, and enrich [...]

Long Road Ahead: A legislative update from the trenches2018-03-29T13:36:06-05:00

Reflections on the Evolution of a Beginning Farmer

By Tom Parker When Jason Schmidt returned to his family farm to take over from his parents, he was experienced in sustainable and regenerative agricultural systems from South Africa to Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas, and filled with an unwavering optimism that the knowledge and ideas he espoused would transform their conventional dairy operation [...]

Reflections on the Evolution of a Beginning Farmer2018-09-13T11:36:43-05:00