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Kansas Farmers Union Delegates to Attend 115th Anniversary National Convention

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 [...]

Farmers Market on Wheels: Producer fills gap in Wichita-area food desert

by Tom Parker For Donna Pearson McClish, it all started with a question. It wasn’t her question, not then, though it would become hers in the weeks and months and years to come, and uttered in such a way that while anyone in that room could put forth a response, by familial hierarchy the answer was hers alone to give. As the eldest of 12 siblings, it was her [...]

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Transition into New Presidential Administration Poses Questions for NFU

by Tom Parker As a new presidential administration prepares to take office following the most divisive election campaign in recent history and with a Congress whose members are increasingly distanced from the realities of common Americans, the National Farmers Union is strengthening its efforts to find solutions for climate change, farm support, trade agreements and corporate agricultural consolidations that promise fewer choices for farmers, less innovation in products and [...]

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  • Donn Teske By Sam Zeff, KCUR 89.3

Tax Break For Kansas Farmers That Few Know About

Kansas Farmers Union policy supports a progressive tax.
We feel if you’re making the money you should pay the taxes.

By Sam Zeff
KCUR 89.3
Originally published on July 26, 2016

Everyone knows agriculture is huge in Kansas.

It’s a $62 billion a year industry that accounts for 43 percent of the Kansas economy and touches every part of the state.

Following the 2012 Brownback tax cuts, farmers no longer had to pay state income tax — just like 334,000 LLCs, S corporations and sole proprietorships.

But farmers get a little something extra: They also pay no state income tax on subsidies they get from Washington. They paid no state income tax on the $479,082,041 in livestock subsidies in 2014 (the last year of available data), no state income tax on the $162,264,735 in wheat subsides and no state income tax on $109,494,713 in corn subsidies.

In all, about 40,000 farmers in Kansas receive about $1 billion a year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Even many farmers think not paying taxes on this money is a bad idea.

“Kansas Farmers Union policy supports a progressive tax. We feel if you’re making the money you should pay the taxes,” says Donn Teske, president of the Kansas Farmers Union.

Read the full article The Tax Break For Kansas Farmers That Few Know About at KCUR 89.3

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Challenging AG market affects credit, agribusiness

Low grain, volatile cattle prices impact debt, machinery sales

By Morgan Chilson
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Originally published on March 26, 2016

“(Allen Featherstone, director of the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics,) said he expects to see increased numbers of farmers and ranchers take advantage of computerized financial planning, in which his department has been training county agents during the past year.

The program allows farmers to input their own data, consider options and run “what-if” scenarios that show overall operational effects of various situations.

Utilizing programs like that may take some of the gamble out of farming, although nothing will change the unpredictability of weather, Teske said.

“Everything is always record highs and lows,” he said. “North Dakota has got corn laying on the ground everywhere, they’re raising so much up there. The North Dakota Farmer’s Union told me they’re used to getting 12 inches of rain, and the last years they’ve been averaging 35. They don’t know what to do with all the water.”

Read the full article Challenging AG market affects credit, agribusiness at kansas.com/

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  • President's Report by Donn Teske

February 2017

Steve Anderson Advocacy for rural America has lost a true champion. Steve Anderson, of Alma Kansas, was killed in a farm accident. Steve was the real deal. Where I have to temper my passion he flung it out in force. His most recent being a passionate, and accurate, letter to the editor of the Grass & Grain. But there [...]

“I DON’T BUY IT” Steve Anderson’s last, and right on target, letter to the editor in the Grass & Grain

Back in 2014, all the experts, referred to as specialists nowadays, were predicting fantastic cattle prices through 2018. Years of low cattle prices, extended drought and ranchers retiring or just giving up, had reduced the cow herd to near 70-year lows. Farm and ranch publications were packed with rosy predictions by everyone who thin​k​s they are someone. Ranchers, farmers, [...]

Convention Delegates Adopt 2017 KFU Policy Priorities

Addressing unprecedented farm income declines through proactive programs supporting farm families and rural communities leads Kansas Farmers Union’s 2017 policy priorities. “Our policy is as grass-roots as it can be. I’m always proud of the commitment our delegates have to creating sound and timely policy and special orders as the below special orders show.” said President Donn Teske, “ [...]

Farmers Market on Wheels: Producer fills gap in Wichita-area food desert

by Tom Parker For Donna Pearson McClish, it all started with a question. It wasn’t her question, not then, though it would become hers in the weeks and months and years to come, and uttered in such a way that while anyone in that room could put forth a response, by familial hierarchy the answer was hers alone to [...]

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NFU Urges Trump Administration to Stay in Paris Agreement

Agreement Key to Mitigating Climate Change, Bolstering Rural Communities WASHINGTON – As President Donald Trump weighs the merits of keeping the United States in the Paris Agreement, National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to maintain U.S. commitments to global leadership on climate change. The Paris Agreement is vital to enhancing the climate resiliency of family farm operations and [...]

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NFU Urges Trump Administration to Oppose Dow-DuPont Merger

WASHINGTON – Following European Union approval of the proposed merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co., National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on the Trump Administration to block the deal. The merger, if approved by the U.S. Justice Department, would create the largest biotechnology and seed firm in the U.S. “The reduction in competition that would be wrought by [...]

NFU Concludes 115th Anniversary Convention with Adoption of Policy, Special Orders of Business

The National Farmers Union (NFU) 115th Anniversary Convention concluded today following the adoption of the organization’s policy book and special orders of business. Nearly 500 family farmers and ranchers convened in San Diego both to engage in thoughtful policy deliberations, as well as to learn from agricultural experts and each another. The adopted policy book and special orders of business [...]

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