About Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition
Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition is an affiliate of the National Young Farmers Coalition and the Kansas Farmers Union. Founded in 2012, KBFC is a statewide, grassroots (soon to be) not-for-profit organization working to engage, encourage, and empower beginning farmers of all ages.
The first ever KBFC state meeting was held in November 2012 and things really took off from there. Regular e-newsletters, Facebook page, and list serve help to keep farmers connected and allow for the opportunity to share information and ask questions. A 2014 Farm Aid grant will fund a website, farm tours and field days, and advocacy training in the coming year.
About Amazing Grazing
The Amazing Grazing III project brought seventeen educational opportunities to Kansas producers between May 2015 and February 2016. We turned our focus onto healthy soils and farm/ranch profitability…just in time to celebrate International Year of Soils in 2015.
Topics included agroforestry, mycorrhizal fungi, economics of the livestock industry, grazing, cover crops, pasture soil health, fencing and water development, as well as livestock handling for women. Nationally-recognized presenters included: Dr. Christine Jones, Gabe Brown, Jim Gerrish, Bill Helming, Wes Jackson, Courtney White, and Larry Simpson. Amazing regional educators – Dr. Dale Kirkham, Dale Strickler, Lucinda Stuenkel, Gary Kilgore, Keith Harmoney, Mark Green, Charles Barden, and Shibu Jose – brought a local perspective.
Amazing Grazing is a collaboration of the Kansas Farmers Union and the Kansas Graziers Association with funding from the North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Contact Mary Howell with project or event questions.