KFU proudly honors the legacy of Ruth Hirsh through its award in her name which is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to agriculture and the efforts of the Farmers Union. Hirsh was a strong advocate for a viable education program in Farmers Union; not only for the children, but also for the general public. She felt if all Americans recognized the challenges that family farmers faced, they would help change the laws in their favor.
Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker represented the State of Kansas in the United States Senate from 1978 to 1997. She was the first woman to represent Kansas in the U.S. Senate, and was re-elected to her Senate seat in 1984 and 1990 but did not seek re-election in 1996.
Kassebaum Baker is an Advisory Board member for the Partnership for a Secure America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy. She is also a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One. Kassebaum Baker resides on the family ranch near Burdick, Kansas.