The Kontact 2017-07-22T08:42:10+00:00

The Kansas Kontact

The Kansas Kontact is the official publication of the Kansas Farmers Union and is published quarterly and mailed to members.

Kansas Kontact Summer 2017 Cover

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Current Issue: Summer 2017

  • President’s Report
  • Join KFU & Friends for Farm Bill Listening Sessions
  • Bus Tour to Showcase Wichita-area Farms and Food Safety Management
  • A Son’s Tribute: FINAL GIFT WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED
  • 2017 Legislative Report
  • Washington Corner: July 2017
  • Amidst a Severe Economic Downturn for Farmers, Congress Must Create a Functional, Adequately Funded Farm Safety Net
  • Join the KFU Delegation to NFU Fly-In

  • 2017 State Convention Set for December 1-2 in Emporia

  • Telemedicine available for Farmers Union Members

2017 Kontact Archive

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Winter 2017 Cover
  • President’s Report
  • Amazing Grazing Project
  • KFU Convention: Open the Sky
  • 2016 KFU Policy Statement
  • Attack on Rural America?
  • Budget to hit Rural KS Hardest
  • Ruth Hirsh Award presented to Levendofsky
  • Solar: Not just for hippies anymore
  • Explore your options with crop Insurance
  • Local Food and Farm Task Force Report
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Summer 2017 Cover
  • President’s Report
  • Join KFU & Friends for Farm Bill Listening Sessions
  • Bus Tour to Showcase Wichita-area Farms and Food Safety Management
  • A Son’s Tribute: FINAL GIFT WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED
  • 2017 Legislative Report
  • Washington Corner: July 2017
  • Amidst a Severe Economic Downturn for Farmers, Congress Must Create a Functional, Adequately Funded Farm Safety Net
  • Join the KFU Delegation to NFU Fly-In
  • 2017 State Convention Set for December 1-2 in Emporia
  • Telemedicine available for Farmers Union Members
View the Summer 2017 Kontact on ISSUU.
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Download a PDF of the Summer 2017 Kontact (1.8 MB)

2016 Kontact Archive

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Winter 2016 Cover
  • President’s Report
  • Amazing Grazing Project
  • KFU Convention: Open the Sky
  • 2016 KFU Policy Statement
  • Attack on Rural America?
  • Budget to hit Rural KS Hardest
  • Ruth Hirsh Award presented to Levendofsky
  • Solar: Not just for hippies anymore
  • Explore your options with crop Insurance
  • Local Food and Farm Task Force Report
View the Winter 2016 Kontact on ISSUU.
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Winter 2016 Cover
  • President’s Report
  • Grass, Soil, and Hope: Managing carbon for a sustainable planet
  • Change the World by Asking “Why?”
  • Handling Cattle Without Getting Handled
  • Budget Issues Preoccupy Legislature in 2016
  • Best Advice: “Get started and learn your way”
  • From Boom to Bust, Writer Explores Water in Kansas
  • Changes to Kansas corporate farming law pose potential health impacts, study finds
  • KFU State Office Moves to Downtown McPherson
  • Transition at the State Office: Kramer departs, VanCampen joins team
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Autumn 2016 Cover
  • President’s Report
  • 2016 KFU State Convention Set for Dec 7-8 in Wichita
  • Farm Aid 2016
  • National Farmers Union Fly-In 2016
  • Returning to the Land: Diversification, family, and community lay foundation for success
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2015 Kontact Archive

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  • President’s Report: 2015 NFU Convention
  • 2014 KFU Convention: Thinking Outside the Box
  • How to Feed Nine Billion People: a National Geographic photographer’s perspective
  • Creating a New Paradigm in Ranch and Farm Management
  • Satisfying producers as well as consumers critical for building a successful co-op
  • Kansas falling behind in feeding its own, study says
  • Ruth Hirsh Award presented to Potuzak at KFU Convention
  • KFU 2015 Policy Statement
  • Kansas Family Farm Day
  • It CAN Happen to You: Panel discusses emergency preparedness for livestock operations
  • New Kid in Town: Goat milk and dairy products rising in U.S.
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  • President’s Report: 2015 NFU Convention
  • Kansas Hosts 2015 NFU Convention in Wichita
  • KFU Foundation Receives Funding for Amazing Grazing III
  • Animal Fiber to Diversify Small Farms Workshop
  • Agroforestry Comes to Kansas in a Big Way
  • Look and Learn Pasture Walks with Dr. Dale Kirkham & NRCS
  • Levendofsky Departs KFU for National Farmers
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  • President’s Report: Catching Up
  • Carbon, Climate, Crops, Soil and the Mycorrhizal Connection
  • Bus Tour: Cover Crops in Action with Dale Strickler
  • Water Development and Electric Fencing Workshop Set for September 8 in Salina
  • Jim Gerrish Returns to Kansas for Three Workshops, Six Days, September 21-26
  • Fuller Field School 2015
  • Future bleak for beef industry unless changes are made, warns economist
  • Eastern Kansas farmers should rethink tall fescue for grazing, agronomist says
  • Rethinking Trees in Kansas Agriculture
  • Diversifying Small Farms with Niche Animal Fiber Marketing
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  • Farmers Pay the Cost of ‘FREE’ Trade
  • Defining ‘Farmer’
  • 2015 KFU State Convention Set for Dec 10-11
  • Hop on the Bus and Get Schooled
  • Grassroots Advocacy in D.C.
  • Investing in Health of Soil Vital to Future of Farming
  • Soil: You Are What You Eat
  • Eastern Amazing Grazing: From Mary’s Notebook
  • White to Keynote 2016 KGA Conference
  • Howell Received Ag Award
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2014 Kontact Archive

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  • KFU Convention Coverage: Climate change, farm crisis, future of family farming
  • Larry Mitchell: Future of agriculture may be found in our history
  • King: Assume the worst when it comes to climate change, population
  • Reaction from the Farm Crisis screening at the 2013 convention
  • President’s Report
  • Kansas Corporate Farming Update
  • KFU building sale completed, decades of history moved
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  • KFU Members ‘Spice Up Family Ag’ at Santa Fe, NM Convention
  • President’s Report
  • Kansas Legislature Update
  • Busy year ahead for KFU’s Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition
  • Three Kansas Students Attend 2014 College Conference on Co-ops
  • Strnad Family Donation to Benefit Church, Community
  • Livestock Handling Workshop Attracts Large and Diverse Crowd
  • Host Cities for 2014 KFU & 2015 NFU Conventions Announced
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  • KFU to Host Budget Presentations Across State
  • President’s Report
  • Amazing Grazing Funded for Second Year of Programming
  • Livestock water & electric fencing workshop set
  • Three Kansans selected for NFU Beginning Farmer Institute class
  • KFU members to attend annual NFU Fly-In September 7-10
  • Kansas Legislature Update
  • Strnad Tractor brings $135,000 in online auction
  • Welcome Our New Insurance Agent
  • New Kansas Farmers Union Website Launching Soon
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September 2014 Kansas Kontact Cover
  • 2014 KFU Convention Theme: Thinking Outside the Box
  • President’s Report
  • Central Kansas Farm Specialty Product Tour: Oct. 11
  • NFU Withdraws from Beef Checkoff Group
  • Kansas State Budget Presentations Continue
  • Seven Kansans Attend NFU Fly-In
  • Fall Forage Tour: Oct.31 & Nov.1 in Courtland
  • Amazing Grazing 2: News Bites from Mary
  • Mother Earth News Fair Returns to Kansas: Come and See Us!
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November 2014 Kansas Kontact Cover
  • 2014 KFU Convention: Thinking Outside the Box
  • Kansas Beginning Farmers Day: December 6th
  • Hands on Herd Health for Small Ruminants: Nov. 22
  • Beginning Farmer Meeting: Farmer-Veteran to Talk Poultry
  • Emergency Planning Workshop for Farm & Ranch Workshops Set
  • Holistic Labor Management with Cody Holmes
  • Kansas Family Farm Day
  • Farm & Ranch Succession Workshops
  • Central Kansas Farm Specialty Product Tour: Photos
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2013 Kontact Archive

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  • KFU Convention Coverage: WWII Veteran, Nobel Peace Prize winner among speakers at Convention
  • KFU honors Stan Brown as he retires after 32 years with Midwest Agency
  • Kansas Beginning Farmer Coalition holds first meeting at 2012 KFU Convention
  • Kansas Farmers Union 2013 Policy Statement
  • Kansas Graziers Winter Conference
  • KFU to hold beginning farmer workshop
  • 2013 National Farmers Union Convention
  • President’s Report
  • KFU hires Grant Specialist
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  • KFU to hold food co-op workshop
  • President’s Report
  • Former KFU President Passes Away in February
  • SB191 threatens Family Farms
  • NFU Convention: Making Waves in Ag
  • Beginning Farmer workshop a success
  • Tour of Ted Alexander Ranch
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  • Co-op Workshop focuses on local food
  • President’s Report
  • Corporate farming laws and Kansas politics
  • Summer Tours to be held in KC and Larned
  • American Ag Movement Tractorcade
  • Barber County Ranch Tour
  • KFU joins coalition focused on developing Midwest Food Hub projects
  • Amazing Grazing Project Funded
  • Senate resolution memorializes Ivan Wyatt
  • Kansas Legislature Update
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  • American Ag Movement 35th Reunion
  • President’s Report
  • Amazing Grazing project kicked off July 1st
  • Kansas City Tour gave insight into science, research side of agriculture
  • Food Hub Development Workshop Featuring Wisconsin Farmers Union Scheduled for Aug 29th in Lawrence
  • Central Kansas tours to feature agritourism, wildlife, history, stargazing
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  • Special Convention Called
  • President’s Report
  • Farm Aid: family farmers, good food, a better America
  • Kansas Sends Six to Fall National Farmers Union Fly-In
  • NFU Flag and Monument Lighting Ceremony in Texas
  • Jim Gerrish Grazing Workshop to focus on how Grazing Management Improves Productivity, Profitability and Personal Satisfaction
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  • Delegates Approve Sale of Building at October’s Special Convention
  • President’s Report
  • 2013 KFU convention to kick off International Year of Family Farming
  • The Farm Crisis documentary to be screened in Topeka January 4th
  • Farm Bill, COOL Negotiations Continue
  • 2014 Annual Winter Grazing Conference:Grazing and Soil Health
  • Help NFU Support COOL Defense Fund
  • KFU Staffer brings knowledge from abroad back home to rural Kansas
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