On September 26, Donn and Mercedes participated in the Kansas Waters: Research and Communications–From Data to News symposium at the University of Kansas where KU and K-State faculty presented the latest finding on Kansas ag water use and water quality research. The afternoon sessions focused on communicating science and policy to institutions, legislators, the public and media.

The Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition Board & Advisory Committee traveled to Ardmore, OK’s Noble Foundation Sept. 28-Oct. 1 for the fall board meeting and retreat. Mary serves on the KGLC board, representing Kansas Grazier’s Association.

Donn and Nick participated in the Kansas Family Farmer PAC endorsement meeting on Sept. 28. The KFF PAC is a voice for consumers, independent farmers, professionals, and businesses who support progressive rural policies and a decentralized food system in Kansas. The group’s mission is to advocate for statewide legislative initiatives and leadership that supports independent family farms, improves the quality of people’s live, and grows sustainable communities.

Donn was a guest on Oct. 14 WIBW’s Ag Issues with Kelly Lenz discussing the Beef Checkoff, COOL, and EPA’s Waters of the U.S. You can listen here.

Nick and Mary attended Josh Roe’s Fall Cover Crop field day in Republic on Oct. 14. The workshop covered benefits of cover crops, grazing management, and concluded with a tour of Roe’s test plot, a Kansas SARE research grant studying different planting mixes and beneficial results and yields.

Improving access for oral health was the topic of the annual coalition meeting of the Kansas Dental Project on October 21 in Topeka. Donn, Mary, Mercedes and Nick learned that 99 of Kansas’ 105 counties suffer from a shortage of dental providers. KDP proposes that Kansas begin licensing Registered Dental Practitioners as part of the solution. Visit www.kansasdental.com to learn more about the issue.

The second annual Mother Earth News Fair was held Oct. 25-26 in Topeka. Donn, Mary, Mercedes and Nick set up a booth for KFU, KBFC, and Amazing Grazing, and visited with a record crowd of people learning about many new farming and sustainable living topics.

Nick attended NFU’s Beginning Farmer Institute Class Session 2 in Minneapolis, MN Nov. 5-9, which covered local food and cooperatives.