Soldiers Return: Veterans reintegrating with society through farming

By Tom Parker After two tours of combat in Iraq, U.S. Army Major Ty Martin was feeling the strain. Though he wasn’t exhibiting clinical symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he was, in his words, “wrapped sort of tight.” This was particularly troubling because his pending retirement from the service gave him qualms [...]

Soldiers Return: Veterans reintegrating with society through farming2016-11-04T21:46:05-06:00

CRISIS DEFERRED: Urban farming and second-generation farm diversification promise new models for small farm success

By Tom Parker “You can all hear the roadway, right?” asked Josh Smith, manager of Gibbs Road Farm. “It never stops, day or night. That’s a constant reminder that we live in the city.” Smith had to raise his voice to be heard above the roar of a nearby interstate. His audience, [...]

CRISIS DEFERRED: Urban farming and second-generation farm diversification promise new models for small farm success2016-12-11T15:33:11-06:00

Summer Fun Farm Tour Series Kicks-off August 1

Kansas Farmers Union and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas are offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit nine Kansas and Missouri farms and learn from educators, producers and other experts about topics ranging from farm food safety to business planning. The Summer Fun Farm Tour Series runs every other Monday in August [...]

Summer Fun Farm Tour Series Kicks-off August 12016-11-04T21:46:10-06:00

NFU Farm Safety Videos Aim to Reduce Farm Accidents Through Education, Awareness

As farmers busily work on the farm this time of year, National Farmers Union (NFU) hopes to raise awareness about farm safety issues and best practices through a series of 10 educational videos. The videos, available at www.NFU.org/farmsafety, educate farm and ranch families, agriculture workers, consumers who visit a farm, and members of the public [...]

NFU Farm Safety Videos Aim to Reduce Farm Accidents Through Education, Awareness2016-11-04T21:46:10-06:00

Handling Cattle Without Getting Handled

Bad cows are bad influences, smart cows never forget and other insights into handling cattle for women By Tom Parker Cows are big and beefy and muscular and most women aren’t, so for the latter to manage the former it helps to not only understand how cows think and socialize, but also how cows remember [...]

Handling Cattle Without Getting Handled2016-11-04T21:46:12-06:00

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?”2016-11-04T21:46:13-06:00

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 says2016-11-04T21:46:13-06:00

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 install2016-11-04T21:46:13-06:00

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 finds2016-11-04T21:46:13-06:00

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 legislature2016-11-04T21:46:13-06:00