The National Farmers Union (NFU) 115th Anniversary Convention embodies true grassroots policy making, and four farmers representing Kansas Farmers Union will have a seat at the table this year. Delegates to the convention are responsible for reviewing the national organization’s policies, which ultimately provide direction for NFU decision-making and policy priorities throughout the year.

“The National Farmers Union’s annual convention is so important, because this the where we develop our truly grassroots policy. It’s always an awesome experience to witness the development of a national policy, which attempts to blend in the policies of states across the nation,” said KFU President Donn Teske. “We hash it out and it works well, and we continue to be able to be proud that we are representing the best interests of our family-farmer members.”

The convention, held this year in San Diego, California, March 5-8, will bring together NFU farm and ranch members, experts and friends of agriculture for meetings, high-level panels, breakout sessions and a local farms tour.

“As a farmer-led organization, the state delegates are an important part of our truly grassroots process that takes place at convention. The policies we agree upon each year at our convention are the policies that drive our focus and engagement for the year ahead,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “We are proud to host this annual event that provides our family farm and ranch members with the opportunity to learn, collaborate and grow through breakout sessions, thoughtful panel discussions and industry tours.”

In addition to the policy consideration process, attendees will hear from two high-level panels on the upcoming Farm Bill and conservation in agriculture, and industry experts focusing on consolidation in the agricultural sector, renewable fuels, and sustainable food production. The convention will also feature a local farms tour, award ceremonies, and a number of NFU education programming events.

Farmers Union delegates representing Kansas Farmers Union are:

  • Tom Giessel, Larned;
  • Linda Hessman, Dodge City;
  • Kathy Teske, Wheaton; and
  • Donn Teske, Wheaton.

For more information about the National Farmers Union 115th Anniversary Convention, visit: nfu.org/convention.

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Kansas Farmers Union is the state’s oldest active general farm organization working to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers and rural communities. We believe family ownership of farm land is the basis for the world’s most viable system of food and fiber production, and that maintaining this family farm system will preserve our natural and human resources.