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  • KFU's Produce Farm Twilight Tour: attendees at Firefly Farm

CHASING THE FLAVOR: Produce Farm Twilight Tour highlights specialty crop farms and basics of post-harvest handling

By Tom Parker “Peaches,” Tom Brown said. “For five years I asked hundreds and hundreds of people in the Wichita area about what kinds of produce they would pay a premium for, and, I’m serious, I think 99 percent of them said fresh peaches.” That’s because a fresh-picked, straight-off-the-tree peach is a succulent explosion of tangy sweetness that simply cannot be experienced when plucked from grocery store shelves. [...]

  • Produce Farm Twilight Tour in Wichita on August 7

Bus Tour to Showcase Wichita-area Farms and Food Safety Management

By Tom Parker Like most farmers, Tom Brown, co-owner of Meadowlark Farm outside of Wichita, takes a dim view of what he considers unnecessary government regulations meddling in his operation. One such piece of legislation is the Produce Safety Rule-the first mandatory federal standard for growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce. Published in Nov. 27, 2015, the rule is one of seven that comprise the Food Safety Modernization [...]

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 [...]

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  • President's Report by Donn Teske

July 2017

Hi, just a few comments, I don’t want to take up precious space in this Kontact with my ramblings…. Sean did a really good job reviewing our legislative session this year in Topeka. He does a really good job for us. One tidbit of gossip I want to share is that I heard through the grapevine that how the [...]

  • Four Farm Bill Listening Sessions Across Kansas August 1-4

Join KFU & Friends for Farm Bill Listening Sessions

The working of our next farm bill is rapidly coming at us. The last farm bill, although well intended when passed, had its funding cut so much it was pretty much useless as a safety net as we have found out so glaringly as the farm economy has collapsed. We need a new farm bill. We need a new [...]

  • Produce Farm Twilight Tour in Wichita on August 7

Bus Tour to Showcase Wichita-area Farms and Food Safety Management

By TOM PARKER Like most farmers, Tom Brown, co-owner of Meadowlark Farm outside of Wichita, takes a dim view of what he considers unnecessary government regulations meddling in his operation. One such piece of legislation is the Produce Safety Rule—the first mandatory federal standard for growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce. Published in Nov. 27, 2015, the [...]

  • Adam and John Strunk Photo taken by Ryan Sowers

A Son’s Tribute: FINAL GIFT WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED

We recently lost a long-time active Farmers Union member, John Strunk. He was the president of the Sedgwick County Farmers Union and pretty much told everyone what he thought they needed to hear, and I never really knew for sure what that was. He kept his cards close to the vest. He was one of the Kansas delegates to [...]

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  • 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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U.S. Should Enforce Trade Agreements, NFU Says

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union (NFU) joined a number of other manufacturing and agricultural organizations to support the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to investigate aluminum and steel imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Should the investigation determine that imports threaten national security, the administration is authorized to act to protect the U.S. domestic steel [...]

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NAFTA Objectives a Missed Opportunity for Family Farmers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) this week released its Summary of Objectives for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Renegotiation, a document that will guide talks with Canada and Mexico expected to begin in mid-August. In response to the objectives, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement: For too long, our nation’s trade [...]

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