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2019 KFU Convention Schedule for Day Two

Thursday begins with final 2020 Policy review and adoption by delegates. Next, Chelsea Matzen, National Farmers Union, updates members on the Local Food Safety Collaborative and the Food Safety Modernization Act implementation.

We’ll dive deep in an effort to answer: “What would a truly progressive farm program look like and how do we make it happen?” President Donn Teske moderates an exceptional panel with diverse specialties that will provide historical background and inspire discussion. Panelists are: Austin Frerick, Deputy Director of the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University; Rob Larew, NFU Senior VP; Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, Director of the KSU Chapman Center; Matthew Sanderson, Rural Sociologist at K-State; and KFU’s own Tom Giessel, NFU Historian.

Our lunch keynote explores the stories of Kansans who worked to stop forces of intolerance in the state. John Burchill, author and criminal justice historian who teaches at Kansas Wesleyan University, presents “Four Horsemen and a Sage.” We’ll learn about a rabbi, two priests, and a minister and their travels around Kansas to dispute a Senatorial candidate who bolstered anti-Semitic and Nazi sentiments.

Our final panel takes a look at Industrial Hemp in Kansas. Farmers across the state were enthusiastic about this new crop. With a season of research hemp production under our belts, what have we learned and where are we headed?

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KFU staff will be located in the pre-convene area for check-in and walk-in registration.

Final policy review and adoption, if needed.

A brief overview of what the Local Food Safety Collaborative is, how this work has benefited farmers across the country, and what the future looks like.

We’ll dive deep in an effort to answer: “What would a truly progressive farm program look like and how do we make it happen?”

President Donn Teske moderates an exceptional panel with diverse specialties that will provide historical background and inspire discussion.

Panelists are: Austin Frerick, Deputy Director of the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University; Rob Larew, NFU Senior VP; Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, Director of the KSU Chapman Center; Matthew Sanderson, Rural Sociologist at K-State; and KFU’s own Tom Giessel, NFU Historian.

Ballots available beginning at 10:45 a.m. Voting ends at 11:00 a.m.

We’ll continue our discussion of: “What would a truly progressive farm program look like and how do we make it happen?”

President Donn Teske moderates an exceptional panel with diverse specialties that will provide historical background and inspire discussion.

Panelists are: Austin Frerick, Deputy Director of the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University; Rob Larew, NFU Senior VP; Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, Director of the KSU Chapman Center; Matthew Sanderson, Rural Sociologist at K-State; and KFU’s own Tom Giessel, NFU Historian.

Four Horsemen and a Sage with John K. Burchill
Fighting the rising tide of nativist sentiment in the early 20th century, a few Kansas leaders took a stand. In 1938, a rabbi, two priests, and a minister drove across Kansas to challenge a senatorial candidate who supported anti-Semitic and Nazi beliefs. The group was dubbed “The Four Horsemen of Tolerance,” and they traveled from town to town explaining, “that this kind of hate had no place in America.” A decade earlier, William Allen White, nicknamed the Sage of Emporia for his role as editor of the Emporia Gazette, held a similar concern with the growth of the Ku Klux Klan and launched a bid to become Governor to end its influence. This presentation explores the stories of Kansans who worked to stop forces of intolerance in our state.

Our final panel takes a look at Industrial Hemp in Kansas. Farmers across the state were enthusiastic about opportunities with this new crop. With a season of research hemp production under our belts, what have we learned and where are we headed? Farmers across the state were enthusiastic about opportunities with this new crop.

2019 Kansas Farmers Union Convention officially closes.

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