How to Feed Nine Billion People: a National Geographic photographer’s perspective

By Tom Parker If population continues to increase at its current pace, the world will tip the nine billion mark by 2050. That’s up from seven billion now, a number that during most stages of human development would have been unfathomable. The big question now being asked is how to feed them while coping with [...]

How to Feed Nine Billion People: a National Geographic photographer’s perspective2016-11-04T21:46:29-06:00

Satisfying producers as well as consumers critical for building a successful co-op

By Tom Parker When the High Plains Food Cooperative in Atwood opened for business in May of 2008, its first shipment of 21 orders totaling $785 in products fit in the trunk of a car. Since then the cooperative has grown at the rate of almost 40 percent per year and now consists of nearly [...]

Satisfying producers as well as consumers critical for building a successful co-op2016-11-04T21:46:29-06:00

Kansas falling behind in feeding its own, study says

By Tom Parker The good news is, Kansas consumers spend $7.2 billion on food each year. The bad news is, $6.5 billion of it comes from beyond the state’s borders, obesity is on the rise, 56 percent of Kansas farmers require secondary income and only eight percent of Kansans have healthy diets, according to a [...]

Kansas falling behind in feeding its own, study says2016-11-04T21:46:29-06:00

Creating a New Paradigm in Ranch and Farm Management

By Tom Parker “What if we could create a new system?” Missouri rancher and farmer Cody Holmes asked members of the Kansas Farmers Union and the Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition during their annual convention in early December. His question wasn’t merely rhetorical. Holmes had asked himself the same question a thousand times, but answers remained [...]

Creating a New Paradigm in Ranch and Farm Management2016-11-04T21:46:30-06:00

As Ogallala aquifer empties, group advocates for aqueduct to tap Missouri River

By Tom Parker Thinking Outside the Box, the theme for the annual Kansas Farmers Union convention held in early December, focused on alternative, if not visionary (and occasionally contrary, at least to the status quo) approaches to food production and distribution, livestock management and water conservation. Cole Cottin, program coordinator for the Kansas Rural Center, [...]

As Ogallala aquifer empties, group advocates for aqueduct to tap Missouri River2016-11-04T21:46:30-06:00

New Kid in Town: Goat milk and dairy products rising in U.S.

Upcoming workshop to assist Kansas goat and sheep producers in exploring dairy enterprises By Tom Parker For 65 percent of the world’s population, the answer to the advertising jingle, “Got milk?” would be a resounding yes. The milk in question, however, is not from cows. In the United States, milk and products made from milk, [...]

New Kid in Town: Goat milk and dairy products rising in U.S.2016-11-04T21:46:30-06:00

Kansas Farmers Union Members Adopt Five Policy Special Orders for 2015

Kansas Farmers Union members adopted five special orders of business during the state convention, held Dec. 4 through 5 in Manhattan. Resolutions on Beef Checkoff Reform, USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, Kansas’ Corporate Farming Law, Hydraulic Fracturing, and National Farmers Union’s Educational Center were among those discussed and voted on by county delegates. [...]

Kansas Farmers Union Members Adopt Five Policy Special Orders for 20152016-11-04T21:46:30-06:00

It CAN Happen to You: Panel discusses emergency preparedness for livestock operations

By Tom Parker As the storm intensified, the sky grew darker, the driving rain stung like buckshot and a small herd of cattle outside of Bennington sought shelter behind an L-shaped windbreak. In ordinary conditions it would have been a likely place of refuge, but this storm was anything but ordinary. A deep-throated roar swallowed [...]

It CAN Happen to You: Panel discusses emergency preparedness for livestock operations2016-11-04T21:46:30-06:00

Kansas Farmers Union convenes to think outside the box

By Tom Parker When it comes to agriculture, there are few places in the state of Kansas more applicable to the phrase “thinking outside the box” than GreenFin Gardens, James Sperman’s blue tilapia, fig and banana aquaponic operation located west of Wamego. Which was why several dozen Kansas Farmers Union members visited the place on [...]

Kansas Farmers Union convenes to think outside the box2016-11-04T21:46:30-06:00

Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition to hold Third Annual Meeting in Manhattan

The Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition (KBFC) invites beginning farmers and ranchers of all ages to its third annual meeting, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, KS. The event is being held in conjunction with Kansas Farmers Union’s annual convention which takes place December 4-5. Cody Holmes of Rockin’ H [...]

Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition to hold Third Annual Meeting in Manhattan2016-11-04T21:46:32-06:00