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2017 KFU Convention Day Two
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Saturday morning sessions move to the American Legion Post. Barbara Patterson, National Farmers Union, explains the “Food Safety Modernization Act: A Bridge We Must Cross”. A panel discussion “Bridges to a New Farm Bill” is moderated by Bill Spiegel, editor of High Plains Journal. Panelists are Lisa French, Cheney Lake Watershed Inc.; Jim French, Center for Rural Affairs; Sandy Proctor, KSRE; and Sharon Karr, Kansas Farm Service Agency committee member.

In the convention keynote, “Thoughts and Reflections on the Farm Crisis of the 1980s, and How We Came Through It,” Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker has a conversation with Nick Levendofsky about her time in the Senate, her role during the Farm Crisis of the late 70’s and early 80’s, women in politics, and how things have changed since she left office 20 years ago.

We move back to the Best Western for the annual convention banquet and the presentation of prestigious 2017 Ruth Hirsh Award.

Hop on the Bus, Get Schooled! Saturday afternoon showcases several area farms with a bus tour for beginning farmers and other interested members. The tour highlights three local farms by Madison: Our Seven Acres has a small-scale family vegetable and fruit operation incorporating hoop houses, small livestock, an a CSA. Hear from Mandy about how she connects with consumers, supports her community, and inspires young farmers. Preston Beeman, is a transitioning farmer south of Madison, who rents his farm from his mother and siblings. After joining Gail Fuller on a tour of Gabe Brown’s farm in North Dakota, he discovered cover crops can be profitable when grazed. Preston has changed his farming practices and now plants cover crops on his farm and custom grazes yearlings. Jacob Knobloch is a young farmer who took over his grandpa’s farm in 2005. He did conventional cropping for the first three years, followed by two years of strip till. Jacob took advantage of some cost share opportunities to try no-till and is slowly making a move to drastically reduce commercial inputs.

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National Farmers Union’s Barbara Patterson from talks about the Food Safety Modernization Act and why it matters to all producers and consumers. The regulatory landscape in DC is constantly changing. Farmers know better than anyone that regulations can have big impacts on their farms. The Food Safety Modernization Act is not going anywhere and has consequences for family farmers. This session will outline the food safety landscape, identify best practices, share the consequences of the act, and discuss FSMA in the context of regulatory reform.
All Saturday Morning sessions held at the American Legion

Ballots available beginning at 9:30 a.m. Voting ends at 9:50 a.m.
All Saturday Morning sessions held at the American Legion

Moderator: Bill Spiegel, Editor, High Plains Journal

Kansas is fortunate to have many diverse perspectives on the Farm Bill. Members of this panel will discuss their own perspectives and take questions about what the Farm Bill, up for reauthorization in 2018, will mean for the state.

Panelists:

  • Lisa French, Watershed Project Coordinator, Cheney Lake Watershed Inc.
  • Jim French, Senior Advocacy Advisor, Center for Rural Affairs
  • Sandy Procter, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Coordinator, Kansas State Research and Extension
  • Sharon Karr, Kansas Farm Service Agency State Committee

All Saturday Morning sessions held at the American Legion

In the convention keynote, Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker has a conversation with Nick Levendofsky about her time in the Senate, her role during the Farm Crisis of the late 70’s and early 80’s, women in politics, and how things have changed since she left office 20 years ago.
All Saturday Morning sessions held at the American Legion

We move back to the Best Western for the annual convention banquet and the presentation of prestigious 2017 Ruth Hirsh Award.

Farm tour bus departs from the Emporia Best Western at 2:00 p.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.

Hop on the Bus, Get Schooled! Saturday afternoon showcases several area farms with a bus tour for beginning farmers and other interested members. The tour highlights three local farms by Madison: Our Seven Acres has a small-scale family vegetable and fruit operation incorporating hoop houses, small livestock, an a CSA. Hear from Mandy about how she connects with consumers, supports her community, and inspires young farmers. Preston Beeman, is a transitioning farmer south of Madison, who rents his farm from his mother and siblings. After joining Gail Fuller on a tour of Gabe Brown’s farm in North Dakota, he discovered cover crops can be profitable when grazed. Preston has changed his farming practices and now plants cover crops on his farm and custom grazes yearlings. Jacob Knobloch is a young farmer who took over his grandpa’s farm in 2005. He did conventional cropping for the first three years, followed by two years of strip till. Jacob took advantage of some cost share opportunities to try no-till and is slowly making a move to drastically reduce commercial inputs.

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