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  • 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 of the Kansas Farmers Union during their annual convention. Under [...]

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  • 2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention Marci Penner
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2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention to Highlight Opportunities to Enhance Rural Resilience

Rural Resilience: Opportunities and challenges facing rural Kansans is the focus of the 2018 Kansas Farmers Union state convention to be held November 29-30 at the Prairie Band Resort, Mayetta. In addition to building resilient communities, conference sessions will focus on economic opportunities with food systems development, alternative financing for food and ag projects, healthcare, and grazing. The general public is encouraged to attend. Conference keynote speakers include Roger Johnson, [...]

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THE FORGOTTEN CROP: Kansas Legislature legalizes cultivation of industrial hemp

By Tom Parker Like many farmers, Rod Flaman spends a fair amount of time thinking while sitting in his combine. Recently, hemp harvest had just begun, and he wondered if it would be on the upslope or the downslope of the seesaw trajectory that defined his experiences with growing industrial hemp since it was legalized in Canada in 1998. He also questioned the business acumen of a farmer [...]

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Support Rural Hospitals by Expanding KanCare

The following op-ed ran in the Topeka Capital Journal on October 30. It’s been a few weeks since the announcement that Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott will close by the end of the year. The residents of Fort Scott and surrounding communities are now confronted with the same grim realities faced by other communities, including Independence three years ago, when [...]

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  • 2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention Roger Johnson
  • 2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention Marci Penner
  • 2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention Ron Wilson

2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention to Highlight Opportunities to Enhance Rural Resilience

Rural Resilience: Opportunities and challenges facing rural Kansans is the focus of the 2018 Kansas Farmers Union state convention to be held November 29-30 at the Prairie Band Resort, Mayetta. In addition to building resilient communities, conference sessions will focus on economic opportunities with food systems development, alternative financing for food and ag projects, healthcare, and grazing. The general [...]

  • Canadian farmer Rod Flaman

THE FORGOTTEN CROP: Kansas legislature legalizes cultivation of industrial hemp

By Tom Parker Like many farmers, Rod Flaman spends a fair amount of time thinking while sitting in his combine. Recently, hemp harvest had just begun, and he wondered if it would be on the upslope or the downslope of the seesaw trajectory that defined his experiences with growing industrial hemp since it was legalized in Canada in 1998. [...]

  • National Farmers Union Fly-In 2018
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  • National Farmers Union Fly-In 2018
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  • National Farmers Union Fly-In 2018

Kansas Farmers Union Fly-In 2018

by Zack Pistora As we head into the voting booths this November, one issue that may make a difference to many of us in farm country is who can help pass a good farm bill. With its direct effect upon commodity payments, crop insurance, food assistance, conservation and local foods programs, research and rural development funds, and [...]

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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 [...]

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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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