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  • 2019 Summer Fun Farm Tour Series

2019 Summer Fun Farm Tour Series Kicks-off July 22

By Mercedes Taylor-Puckett Kansas Farmers Union and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas are offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit nine Kansas and Missouri farms and learn from educators, producers and other experts about topics ranging from on farm food safety to business planning. The Summer Fun Farm Tour Series runs every other Monday beginning July 22 and includes stops across the northeastern region of [...]

  • Farm Aid Disaster Fund

Midwest Storm Disaster Assistance Available to Farm Families

Kansas Farmers Union Coordinating Farm Aid’s Family Farmer Disaster Relief Fund Farm and ranch families in Kansas can now access much-needed financial relief following the devastating spring floods and severe weather events in the Midwest. Farm Aid is partnering with Kansas Farmers Union and National Farmers Union to distribute emergency relief grants to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming for their income, live in [...]

  • Dr. David Terry, psychiatrist and member of Physicians for a National Health Program

American healthcare getting more expensive, less effective

By Tom Parker When Walter Cronkite spoke, America listened. His unbiased reporting on events from Vietnam, President Kennedy’s assassination and Watergate earned him the title of “the most trusted man in America.” Cronkite’s words carried weight, and though he strictly adhered to the standards of objective journalism, he still managed to make his opinions known. For instance, his disdain for the health care system needed no elaboration when [...]

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  • KFU's Capitol Beat with Sean Gatewood February 2019

STATEHOUSE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By SEAN GATEWOOD General Legislature and Governor: This year is the first year with the new Governor, now we have a divided government. It is unclear at this point what exactly that will mean but most think there will be some degree of gridlock until there is some sort of bargain between the legislative leaders and the Governor. School funding, taxes, KPERS, [...]

  • Northeast Kansas Chapter Chartered at Convention.

Northeast Kansas Chapter Launches

Kansas Farmers Union chartered its first multi-county chapter in more than a decade this fall. Awareness of KFU in this region of the state has grown as we have helped organize and host multiple events, from a series of farm tours and workshops targeted to military veterans to a statewide symposium on regional food systems. Last summer, through the [...]

  • Dr. David Terry, psychiatrist and member of Physicians for a National Health Program

American healthcare getting more expensive, less effective

By Tom Parker When Walter Cronkite spoke, America listened. His unbiased reporting on events from Vietnam, President Kennedy’s assassination and Watergate earned him the title of “the most trusted man in America.” Cronkite’s words carried weight, and though he strictly adhered to the standards of objective journalism, he still managed to make his opinions known. For instance, his [...]

  • 2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention

Climate Changes: NFU president assesses the uncertain farm economy

The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law on December 20, 2018. Read NFU President Roger Johnson's statement on the passage here. By Tom Parker The National Farmers Union, while admittedly leaning left of center on the political spectrum, has always been staunchly nonpartisan on issues facing America’s farmers and ranchers, NFU President Roger Johnson told assembled members [...]

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USDA to Rescind Organic Livestock and Poultry Rules to Detriment of Family Organic Producers and Consumers, NFU Says

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its intent to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. The rule was finalized in January 2017, but placed on hold when the new administration took office. National Farmers Union (NFU) supports the OLPP rule’s intent, as it would improve the consistency and integrity of organic livestock practices [...]

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Farm Groups Urge President Trump to Implement Farmer Fair Practices Rules

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union joined a coalition of 82 farm, rural and consumers groups today in sending a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to implement the Farmer Fair Practices Rules via executive order. The rules would provide the most basic of protections to American family farmers and ranchers who are enduring unfair and abusive practices as a [...]

  • Food Safety Survey

NFUF Launching Needs Assessment Survey to Inform Food Safety

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017) – The Local Food Safety Collaborative, a collaboration between National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) and the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), today launched a nationwide food safety survey. The results will help the organization address the needs of small producers and processors with regards to food safety and compliance with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act [...]

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