2014 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention

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  • Cole Cottin, Kansas Rural Center. on Feeding Kansas: Because Feeding the World Must Include Feeding Ourselves
  • Mark Rude is Executive Director, Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3.
  • Dale Strickler, Star Seed, and Herb Bartel, KFU board, discuss forages.
  • Chris Sramek and Chris Schmidt, High Plains Food Co-op
  • Leon Atwell, High Plains Food Co-op
  • David and Ramona Heiens
  • Larry Mitchell, USDA GIPSA Administrator
  • Linda Hessman, KFU board, and Mary Fund, Kansas Rural Center on the family farm advocacy panel.
  • Ed Reznicek, Kansas Organic Producers General Manager, on the family farm advocacy panel.
  • Linda Hessman, KFU board, on the family farm advocacy panel.
  • Rachel Myslivy, Program Director for the Climate + Energy Project, on the family farm advocacy panel.
  • Nick Levendofsky discusses the 2015 Kansas Family Farm Day planning.
  • Cody Holmes, Rockin H Ranch, shares Farm Transition Opportunities with KFU members Friday afternoon.
  • Forrest Buhler, Staff Attorney for the Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services (KAMS), provides insight on the upcoming farm and ranch succession planning workshops.
  • Cody Holmes, Rockin H Ranch, Jerry Karr, KFU members, and Chandler Goule, National Farmers Union Senior Vice President.
  • 2014 KFU Convention Banquet on Friday, December 5.
  • KFU President Donn Teske addresses the audience during the 2014 KFU Convention Banquet.
  • Lavern Potuzak, KFU Vice-President, receives the 2014 Ruth Hirsh Award from President Teske.
  • Jeff Downing, Midwest Regional Agency General Manager, gives the MRA annual report. MRA is a Farmers Union company.
  • National Geographic photographer and Kansas native Jim Richardson provies insight on Feeding 9 Billion during the banquet keynote.
  • Norm Oeding, KFU member, with his annual Kansas Farmers Union Foundation–bread from his Little Red Hen Bakery.
  • Christy Davis, Executive Director of Symphony on the Plains, keeps an eye on KFUF bidding for two tickets to the 2015 event.
  • Tim Olmstead, KFU member and professional auctioneer, gets the crowd going during the 2015 KFUF Auction.
  • Nick Levendofsky, Republic County Farmers Union President and Matt Ubell, Pottawatomie County Farmers Union President, present an auction item to the crowd.
  • KFU convention banquet attendees enjoy typical auction antics.
  • Nick Levendofsky describes a quilt donated by Becky Craig held by Tim Olmstead and Kristen Swanson.
  • Greg Frank, MRA agent from Smith Center, and Rick Lindblom, MRA District Manager, already win big during the KFUF auction.
  • Kristen Swanson displays an auction item. KFUF Auction proceeds support education programming throughout the year.
  • Jeff Davidson's Where the West Begins presentation leads audiences through the history of the great state of Kansas, from the time of Coronado to the end of the 1800's.
  • Jeff Davidson sings about the wagon trains across Kansas.
  • Zach Teske, MRA agent in Wamego, Donn Teske, KFU President, and Chandler Goule, NFU Senior Vice-President discuss convention events.
  • Ty Racette, MRA agent from Larned, and Tim Olmstead admire a photo donated by Tom Parker to the 2015 KFUF auction.

KFU Convention: In the News

2015 KFU Policy and Special Orders

  • 2015 Kansas Farmers Union Policy

2015 KFU Policy: Special Orders

  • KFU members discuss policy at this year's convention.

2015 Kansas Farmers Union Policy

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

  • Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Day 2014, December 6 featuring Cody and Dawnell Holmes

Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition to hold Third Annual Meeting on Dec. 6

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 [...]

About the 2014 State Convention

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Dates and Location

Convention: Thursday, December 4 – Friday, December 5
Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition Day: Saturday, December 6

Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan
530 Richards Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502
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Registration and Lodging

Thursday: Lunch $25, Dinner is Dutch Treat
Friday: Lunch $25, Banquet $25
Saturday: $10 for Beginning Farmers, $20 for others
Complimentary childcare available on Saturday!
Registration Deadline: Thursday, December 4
Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan has a block of rooms at a rate of $75 per night plus tax. Book before Wendnesday, Nov. 26 to lock in your rate. When calling the reservations department please let them know you are with the Kansas Farmers Union: (785) 539-5311.

See the Schedule

Thursday, December 4

Day 1: Thursday

Join the Kansas Farmers Union Board of Directors and National Farmers Union Historian Tom Giessel for lunch and some early NFU history while learning how it developed into a modern-day ag organization. The board holds its quarterly meeting and reviews proposed bylaw changes prior to the General Session. During the General Session, members nominate board candidates and national convention delegates, receive a report on organization finances, and begin drafting 2015 KFU Policy. Evening activities include a visit to the Flint Hills Discovery Center, a dutch-treat dinner, as well as a presentation on early KFU history by Giessel. See the details!

Friday, December 5

Day 2: Friday

The day begins with key findings from KRC’s Feeding Kansas report; an exploration of a potential Kansas aqueduct; and the nuts & bolts of starting a local food co-op. NFU’s Chandler Goule gives updates from D.C. and GIPSA Administrator Larry Mitchell provides the keynote during lunch. A panel discusses ag advocacy and 2015 Family Farm Legislative Day plans are shared. Cody Holmes provides inspiration for farm transition then details on farm succession planning workshops are presented. Following the banquet, National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson considers Feeding 9 Billion and cowboy musician Jeff Davidson entertains. See the schedule!

Saturday, December 6

Day 3: Kansas Beginning Farmer Day

Join the Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition for its 3rd annual Beginning Farmers Day. Featured presenter Cody Holmes of Rockin H Ranch in Missouri explores the evolution of his farm, from conventional crops and livestock to diversified, direct marketing powerhouse. USDA Rural Development, Kansas Forestry Service and Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture address opportunities for both beginning and experienced farmers and ranchers. And we tour the innovative Green Fin Gardens, a pioneering aquaponic farm specializing in pure blue tilapia, figs, and bananas in its fourth season in Pottawatomie County. Learn More!

2014 Convention Keynote Speakers

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Partial funding for this convention was provided by the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Award Number 2012-49200-20032. Established in 2001, the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center funds results-based, producer-focused, competitive grants with funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. We are located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. LEARN MORE…

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KFU’s board is composed of eight members. The state’s North & South Districts are each represented by three members. The President and Vice President are elected annually.

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In addition to the main KFU State Office in McPherson, Kansas Farmers Union also has four staff members that work from home-based offices.

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