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  • 2019 Convention: Rural Issues Panel

Challenges and opportunities facing rural communities explored at Kansas Farmers Union convention

From population changes to rural healthcare and farming and food access. On January 9, Gov. Laura Kelly announced that she had reached a deal with Republicans who control the Legislature to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Senate Bill 252 to expand Medicaid is scheduled to have four days of hearings in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee beginning Thursday, Jan. 23. Kansas Farmers Union policy has [...]

  • 2019 Convention

Kansas legislators predict hot topics for the 2020 session

by Amy Hadachek When four Kansas state legislators and a policy analyst converged in front of an overflowing public audience, predicting the ‘hot topics’ for the 2020 Kansas legislative session came as easily as a Kansas breeze. The event was the well-attended panel discussion during the Kansas Farmers Union state convention Wednesday, December 4th in Lawrence, Kan. “Medicaid expansion is a key issue of the Governor’s – and something [...]

  • Led by Policy Chair Tom Tom Giessel, delegates reviewed past policy and debated new issues including trade agreements and tariffs, industrial hemp, climate change, crop insurance and disaster programs, and the reestablishment of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

KFU adopts policy, elects officers and board, and charters new chapter at annual convention in Lawrence

Grassroots policy development took center stage at the annual Kansas Farmers Union (KFU) State Convention in Lawrence earlier this month when more than 100 members gathered to debate and adopt policy for the 2020 legislative session. KFU has a rich history of working to protect and promote the interests of family farmers and ranchers by taking a leadership role in advocating for farming, ranching and agricultural interests across the [...]

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  • President's Report by Donn Teske


DELEGATE CREDENTIALING Our state convention is rapidly approaching. It’s going to be in Lawrence at the Double Tree by Hilton December 4th and 5th. As the years have gone by, we have gotten very casual about our credentialing of delegates being seated for the business meeting and the creation of the coming year’s policy of the Kansas Farmers Union. The [...]

  • KFU's Capitol Beat with Sean Gatewood February 2019


By SEAN GATEWOOD This session was a much shorter session. Usually Sine Die is simply a ceremony that half of the members don’t even show up to. This year was different. There were several veto overrides and failed attempts as well as a protest. As always I have enjoyed being your eyes at the statehouse. [...]

  • Ron Wilson,director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University in Manhattan

‘What size tumbleweed would you like?’ and other tales from the Kansas frontier

By Tom Parker To hear Ron Wilson tell it, Linda Katz’s entry into one of the most improbable and outlandish business schemes in the annals of entrepreneurship started out as a joke.Like many families in rural areas, hers had scattered across the nation in pursuit of more lucrative opportunities. Some lived nearby and some lived far away, and those that [...]

  • Each year AgrAbility helps hundreds of farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families succeed in agricultural production and rural community life.


Tawnie Larson   Kansas State University Project Coordinator The Kansas AgrAbility Project’s primary purpose is to assist Kansas farmers/ranchers, their employees, and family members who have become injured, have a health condition, or a limitation to remain actively engaged in production agriculture for as long as they choose. It is estimated that more than 9,000 full-time or part-time Kansas [...]

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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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