Shop and Ticket FAQs 2016-11-04T21:45:56+00:00

Membership and event registration are now available directly on the Kansas Farmers Union site.

To access Frequently Asked Questions about using the Events page and the Shop to order event tickets, click on Event Tickets below.
For questions about the Shop, payment methods, and account information, click on Shop below.

Can’t find an answer to your question? Contact Mercedes!

How do I reset my password? 2016-11-04T21:46:48+00:00

If you’ve lost your password:

  1. Click on My Account in the main navigation menu above.
  2. Click on Lost your password?
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What is the quickest method to get tickets for an event? 2016-11-04T21:46:48+00:00
Using the Shop page to order tickets explained. If you already know all you need about an event, using the Shop page is the quickest method of purchasing tickets.
You can find the Shop in the main menu bar at the top of the site.

The image at right is an example of a typical event in the Shop.
If you want to review the details of the workshop and see all the event’s ticket options in one spot, click on either the gold event title or the Details icon.
Ready to add a ticket to your order? Click on the Add to cart icon.
You can continue to order tickets for other events (or memberships) by using the Add to cart icons.
Once you’ve added everything you want, click on the blue Shopping Cart icon in the main menu bar at the top of the site.

Once on the Cart page, you can change the number of tickets for an event or remove an event ticket entirely.
To complete your order, click on the blue PROCEED TO CHECKOUT button at the bottom right of the Cart.

Tip: KFU Members are eligible for a 10% discount on KFU and Amazing Grazing events. To activate this discount, enter can your code on either the Cart page or the Checkout page.
If you’ve lost your code, contact Mercedes.

Navigating Events and the Shop using the Main Menu illustrated.
I’m a KFU member. How do I get my 10% discount on KFU and Amazing Grazing event tickets? 2016-11-04T21:46:48+00:00

Being a member of the Kansas Farmers Union family entitles you to a 10% discount on events when you register online!

If you joined KFU using our site’s Shop, you received a link to download your discount code.
Lost it? You have two options:

  1. Click on My Account in the main menu bar at the top of the site. Once you log in, click on View Downloads and download the PDF again.
  2. Contact Mercedes and she’ll email you your code.

If you joined KFU through the mail, in person, or on the old Constant Contact platform, contact Mercedes and she’ll email you your code.

Not yet a Kansas Farmers Union member?
Join the KFU family today online and you’ll have immediate access to your 10% discount code. That means you can start saving on event registration right away while knowing you’re part of a farm organization that brings top notch presenters and educational events to the farmers and ranchers of Kansas.

What payment options do I have? 2015-08-06T14:27:22+00:00

When using the Shop to purchase event tickets or membership in the Kansas Farmers Union or Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition, you can choose between the following payment options:

  • PayPal: Using your PayPal account, you can select the payment options available on your account. Options may include bank transfer and credit card.
  • Check: When selecting this method, you will need to print your completed order and mail it with a check to the KFU office in McPherson. Instructions will be provided when you complete the Checkout process in the Shop.

We hope to add a direct credit card option in the near future.

What is the quickest method to register for an event? 2016-11-04T21:46:48+00:00
Using the Shop page to order tickets explained. If you already know all you need about an event, using the Shop page is the quickest method of purchasing tickets.
You can find the Shop in the main menu bar at the top of the site.

The image at right is an example of a typical event in the Shop.
If you want to review the details of the workshop and see all the event’s ticket options in one spot, click on either the gold event title or the Details icon.
Ready to add a ticket to your order? Click on the Add to cart icon.
You can continue to order tickets for other events (or memberships) by using the Add to cart icons.
Once you’ve added everything you want, click on the blue Shopping Cart icon in the main menu bar at the top of the site.

Once on the Cart page, you can change the number of tickets for an event or remove an event ticket entirely.
To complete your order, click on the blue PROCEED TO CHECKOUT button at the bottom right of the Cart.

Tip: KFU Members are eligible for a 10% discount on KFU and Amazing Grazing events. To activate this discount, enter can your code on either the Cart page or the Checkout page.
If you’ve lost your code, contact Mercedes.

Navigating Events and the Shop using the Main Menu illustrated.
How can I get the details of an event and order tickets? 2016-11-04T21:46:48+00:00

Starting with the Events page is the best way to get the specifics on any of our workshops, tours or conferences. You’ll find a listing of all open events by clicking on Events in the main menu bar at the top of the site or click here.
Once you find the event you wish to attend, click on it.
Towards the bottom of the event page, you’ll see the available tickets for the event.
Tip: Some events will only have one ticket type, but others–especially multi-day events–may have several options.
Using the + and buttons, adjust the number of tickets in each option. The default number is zero.
Once you’ve set the number of tickets, click the blue ADD TO CART button.
Clicking the ADD TO CART button, will take you to the Shopping Cart.
Once there, you can complete your order or you can add tickets for additional events.
To add tickets for another event, click on Events or Shop in the main menu bar at the top of the site and repeat the steps above.
To complete your order, return to the Cart and click on the blue PROCEED TO CHECKOUT button at the bottom right of the Cart.
Tip: KFU Members are eligible for a 10% discount on KFU and Amazing Grazing events. To activate this discount, enter can your code on either the Cart page or the Checkout page.
IF you’ve lost your code, contact Mercedes.

Navigating Events and the Shop using the Main Menu illustrated.
So how do I get registered for an event? 2016-11-04T21:46:48+00:00

Registration now means purchasing a ticket. To purchase a ticket, you need to add it to your Shopping Cart.
There are two avenues to getting a ticket into your cart: the Events page and the Shop page.
Please see individual FAQ for details on each option or continue reading below.
Tip: You can purchase multiple tickets for one event or tickets for multiple events in one order using the shopping cart.

Using the Events Page
The first is through the Events page for the specific workshop, tour or conference. You’ll find a listing of all open events by clicking on Events in the main menu bar at the top of the site or click here.
Once you find the event you wish to attend, click on it.
Towards the bottom of the event page, you’ll see the available tickets for the event.
Tip: Some events will only have one ticket type, but others–especially multi-day events–may have several options.
Using the + and buttons, adjust the number of tickets in each option. The default number is zero.
Once you’ve set the number of tickets, click the blue ADD TO CART button.
Clicking the ADD TO CART button, will take you to the Shopping Cart.
Once there, you can complete your order or you can add tickets for additional events.
To add tickets for another event, click on Events or Shop in the main menu bar at the top of the site and repeat the steps above.
To complete your order, return to the Cart and click on the blue PROCEED TO CHECKOUT button at the bottom right of the Cart.
Tip: KFU Members are eligible for a 10% discount on KFU and Amazing Grazing events. To activate this discount, enter can your code on either the Cart page or the Checkout page.
IF you’ve lost your code, contact Mercedes.

Using the Shop Page
Already know what you need to about an event? Event registration using the Shop page is the quickest method of purchasing tickets.

Using the Shop page to order tickets explained. The image at right is an example of a typical event in the Shop.
If you want to review the details of the workshop and see all the event’s ticket options in one spot, click on either the gold event title or the Details icon.
Ready to add a ticket to your order? Click on the Add to cart icon.
You can continue to order tickets for other events (or memberships) by using the Add to cart icons.
Once you’ve added everything you want, click on the blue Shopping Cart icon in the main menu bar at the top of the site.
Once on the Cart page, you can change the number of tickets for an event or remove an event ticket entirely.
To complete your order, click on the blue PROCEED TO CHECKOUT button at the bottom right of the Cart.
Tip: KFU Members are eligible for a 10% discount on KFU and Amazing Grazing events. To activate this discount, enter can your code on either the Cart page or the Checkout page.
IF you’ve lost your code, contact Mercedes.
Why the change from Constant Contact’s EventSpot registration to ticket sales on the KFU site? 2015-08-06T10:30:09+00:00

When Kansas Farmers Union first began offering online registration, our site wasn’t capable of processing online sales. With the 2014 site upgrade, we made it a point to incorporate safe and secure online ordering. We think you’ll enjoy not having to negotiate between multiple sites to get registered for events or handle membership renewals. Plus, by eliminating the monthly fee for our previous online registration service, we can keep the low-price and high-value you expects from our events.

2014 SOoB: Kansas Corporate Farming Law 2016-11-04T21:46:48+00:00

We, the delegate body of the Kansas Farmers Union convention, strongly believe the county option should be preserved in Kansas’ corporate farming laws. For over 80 years, corporate farming laws have protected family farms and ranches from the threats of unfair competition by corporate and foreign interests, and all-out repeal threatens the future of family agriculture across Kansas.
The county option, the last remaining protection of citizens’ rights when it comes to corporate agriculture, must be preserved and protected. We find it very disconcerting that both elected and appointed officials, who have touted the virtues of local political control and smaller government, now feel the need to take away this last protection.
We believe Kansas counties should be able to opt out of consideration by any corporation looking to relocate to the state. We also believe Kansas citizens should be able to petition registered voters and bring corporate farming issues to a public vote.
We believe Kansas is better off when those who own and work the state’s farms and ranches are individuals and families who have the opportunity to control their own land and labor, and a desire to create a future for family farming and ranching, and for all of rural Kansas, that is socially just, economically equitable, and environmentally sound.
Family farms and ranches are the foundation that built this state, and they continue to drive and lead its economy. We believe Kansas’ family farmers and ranchers should expect every protection the state can provide.

2014 SOoB: Farm Bill 2016-11-04T21:46:48+00:00

We, the delegate body of the Kansas Farmers Union Convention, believe passage of a sound and meaningful farm bill is the most pressing issue before the United States Congress. Food security for all consumers is the most basic of freedoms.
We also believe maintaining an economic and community structure that encourages production of a safe and stable supply of the necessities of life is the foundation of a thoughtful, intelligent society, with a vision of an enduring future.

We support the following:

  • Full funding and inclusion of the supplemental nutrition assistance program (snap) in the farm bill
  • A strong and seamless safety net for our farmers and ranchers
  • Full funding of conservation programs
  • Renewable energy from the farm and ranch
  • Full funding of rural development programs, including regional food system programs
  • Strong support for maintaining permanent farm law

All of America deserves a comprehensive and visionary farm bill. Today.

2014 SOoB: United States Postal Service 2016-11-04T21:46:48+00:00

The Kansas Farmers Union has a long history in support of the United States Postal Service (U.S.P.S.), Including rural free delivery of mail.  We are deeply concerned with the systematic dismantling of the postal service structure, based on fiscal pressure unduly inflicted upon the U.S.P.S. By Congress.  We believe the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act requiring the institution to pre-fund retiree pension funds decades in advance is unwarranted and the primary culprit in the financial issues facing the U.S.P.S.
The potential elimination of Saturday and door-to-door delivery, coupled with the loss of good-paying postal jobs over the entire nation, will negatively affect the economy. Rural America will be dealt an additional first class blow under this misguided policy.  Local and regional newspaper delivery to outlying areas will be delayed for days.  This not only damages the circulation numbers of the newspapers, but also devalues local information and advertising.
The U.S.P.S. Was established in the Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 7, “Congress shall have the power to establish post offices and post roads.”  We stand firm in our conviction to protect this great freedom and commonwealth from attacks and privatization.

2014 SOoB: Anticipated Effects of a Short-term Farm Bill Extension 2014-08-05T05:44:19+00:00

If Congress passes a short-term (one year or less) extension of the farm bill, there will be many unpleasant outcomes, as it will undermine the integrity of the next five-year farm bill.
Any extension of the bill will almost certainly include some cuts in order to placate ideological extremists in the House. Reductions in the baseline funding, as part of the extension, reduce the resources available for the next farm bill.
The 37 programs that lost baseline funding on or before Sept. 30, 2012 will require additional spending in order to be re-instated or continued. This affects:
All farm bill renewable energy programs
All farm bill disaster programs (expired in 2011), including SURE and livestock programs.
Some Rural Development programs, including value-added agricultural market development program grants
The beginning farmer and rancher development program and other local and regional food system programs
It is almost assured that all of the above programs will have less funding, even in a new farm bill.
Direct payments may be eliminated in a farm bill extension, which would remove $50 million from the next farm bill. This leaves less funding for programs like agricultural risk coverage (in the Senate bill) or price loss coverage and revenue loss coverage (in the house bill.) As a result, target prices or revenue assurances will be lower compared to the current proposals.
Enrollment caps for conservation programs will be even lower. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is already slated to have a significant reduction in acreage and without a farm bill, sign-up has stopped.
The longer there isn’t a new farm bill, the less money will be available for the next. As commodity prices are generally high, and counter-cyclical programs aren’t issuing payments, cost projections for existing programs will be lower, which results in a lower baseline funding level.
When it comes time to write the farm bill after an extension, there will be limited options for cuts. As a result, the two largest pots of money, crop insurance and nutrition programs, will be the brunt of the reductions.

2014 SOoB: Hydraulic Fracturing Operations 2014-08-05T05:44:37+00:00

We support a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing operations in oil and gas recovery until an environmental impact study, guided by sound science, proves the activities safe.

2014 SOoB: Farmers Union Educational Center 2014-08-05T05:44:53+00:00

Kansas Farmers Union supports the National Farmers Union Educational Center in Bailey, Colorado.
We support all aspects of the National Farmers Union Youth and Education Program and continue full utilization of our Bailey camp facilities so that it is available for our present and future Farmers Union membership.
We recognize and respect all the dedicated efforts that went into making our educational center a reality by thousands of loyal Farmers Union members across the United States.

2014 Special Orders of Business 2014-08-05T05:45:12+00:00

All special orders have to be renewed annually as long as the delegates wish them in place. Otherwise they automatically expire.

Climate Change 2014-04-21T05:46:01+00:00

We support efforts to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases and toxic pollutants.
We support research for climate change adaptation.

Property Rights: Wildlife 2016-11-04T21:46:48+00:00

We support legislation that allows farmers a voice in establishment of new game or predator species in their area. We require the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to notify the public of any previous or future releases.

Property Rights: Regional Planning 2014-04-21T05:44:54+00:00

Required appointment on zoning or planning boards for farmers, assuring them representation on a par with non-agricultural interests in the region.

Property Rights: Zoning 2014-04-21T05:44:47+00:00

Preservation of agricultural land should be given priority in all zoning decisions.

Property Rights: Eminent Domain 2014-04-21T05:44:38+00:00

We oppose the taking of private property without due process.
We oppose granting eminent domain power to non-regulated private corporations.
We oppose the use of (eminent domain) by the department of wildlife and parks to acquire land that has been cultivated for more than 10 years, that has been designated wetlands.

Construction Work in Progress (CWIP) 2014-04-21T05:44:32+00:00

The Kansas Farmers Union is opposed to costs for power generating facilities under construction being added to current utility rates.

State Funding for Conservation Practices 2014-04-21T05:44:25+00:00

We support state funding and technical assistance for soil and water conservation practices.

Water Retention Structures 2014-04-21T05:44:16+00:00

We support flood control by the use of area watershed projects as opposed to large general dams. We support continuing tax benefits to remain in effect on lands with donated easements for the entire life of both new and existing structures.

Water and Wind Rights 2014-04-21T05:44:08+00:00

Water and wind rights must not be severed from surface ownership.

Water Transfer 2014-04-21T05:43:59+00:00

We oppose the transfer of surface or ground water from one watershed to another including the transfer of water from the Missouri River.

Water: Irrigation 2014-04-21T05:43:52+00:00

We strongly urge that present irrigation practices and future development conform to strict conservation principles to assure the wisest use of water to minimize the possibilities for adverse environmental and economic impact on affected communities.
We support elimination of the “use it or lose it” rule on irrigation wells.
We recommend any multi-year variable groundwater right program include a mandatory reduction in total allocation as a conservation measure to offset potential unintended consequences.
We recommend that all wells have meters.

Water: Industrial Water Use 2014-04-21T05:43:45+00:00

We recommend industries, which are heavy users of water, be required to use surface water instead of ground water, and to recycle, when possible.
We urge that all oil and natural gas producers be prohibited from using fresh water in flooding for secondary oil recovery (hydraulic fracturing). We oppose the use of any Kansas water for the transportation of coal slurry.

Noxious Weed Law 2014-04-21T05:43:37+00:00

We oppose any legislation that would discontinue the current practice of county noxious weed departments selling, distributing and applying pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals.

State Meat and Poultry Inspection 2014-04-21T05:43:18+00:00

We oppose the elimination of the state’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Division.

Dairy 2014-04-21T05:43:04+00:00

We support a floor on the basic formula price, i.e., the base price for determining the milk price for producers.
We support the use of the marketing order system in Kansas to effectively set a floor on dairy prices paid to the dairy farmers.
We support an appeal process for the American dairyman when an inspection is considered unjust by the farmer.

Brand Laws 2016-11-04T21:46:49+00:00

We urge the establishment of mandatory livestock brand inspection at all markets.

Kansas Seed Law 2014-04-21T05:42:48+00:00

Kansas Seed Law should not restrict producers of wheat, barley, oats, soybeans or alfalfa from replanting or selling seed produced on their farm.
We oppose any efforts to introduce or allow the use of the “terminator gene” on our nation’s seed supply.

Pharmaceutical GMO Production 2014-04-21T05:42:39+00:00

We support strict regulation and public disclosure of any Kansas grown pharmaceutical GMOs. All field research sites of GMOs must be approved and have permits issued by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Kansas Department of Agriculture 2014-04-21T05:42:30+00:00

We support the concept of a Secretary of Agriculture appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

Initiative and Referendum 2014-04-21T05:42:21+00:00

We support the concept of initiative and referendum, which allows our citizens to vote on major issues and to initiate ballot questions by petition.
We support maintaining the county option vote with regard to corporate swine and dairy operations.
We support county home rule.
We encourage all eligible voters to get out and vote.
We oppose efforts to enact stricter voter ID requirements.

Elevator Bankruptcy 2014-04-21T05:42:10+00:00

State legislation should prohibit speculation in the futures market by grain elevator owners and operators, except in the case of legitimate hedging. State legislation should also prohibit involvement by elevators in delayed or deferred pricing schemes.
Grain elevator operators should be required to submit more detailed financial information to the Kansas Grain Inspection Department. We support timely and in depth audits.
We support the acceleration of the receivership process for financially troubled elevators, with provision for a temporary receiver to be named insuring immediate supervision of a bankrupt elevator to guarantee that grain is protected while the courts appoint a permanent receiver.
We support farmers being given priority through “Farmers FIRST Lien” in elevator bankruptcy proceedings.
We oppose the grain warehouse trust fund concept funded by a checkoff assessed against grain sold by farmers.
We endorse a federal or state insurance program protecting any stored and/or priced grain for all state and federally inspected elevators, similar to the FDIC for banks.
Warehouse receipts and scale tickets shall be recognized as legal proof of ownership of grain, and should be guaranteed by the government.
We support similar protection for the sale of livestock through public auction.

Banking: Interstate Branch 2014-04-21T05:42:02+00:00

We oppose the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Act mandates that an out-of-state bank be allowed to purchase banks across state lines without regard to individual state law.
We support state legislation to opt-out of the interstate branching provision of the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Act.

Banking: Federal 2014-04-21T05:41:53+00:00

We support reform in the banking industry. We support the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and/or Glass-Steagall Act.

Banking: State Regulations 2014-04-21T05:41:44+00:00

We support the system of independent rural banks and credit unions. We urge those banks to support Kansas family farmers and to serve the credit requirements of Kansas family farmers. We favor the same regulations for savings and loans.

Foreign Investment in Agricultural Land 2014-04-21T05:41:35+00:00

We urge passage by the Kansas State Legislature of a law to prohibit entry into business of farming and ranching or the ownership of agricultural land by alien investors, except those resident farm families or individuals seeking United States citizenship.
We urge passage of legislation strengthening the reporting of Kansas agricultural land owned by aliens, corporations, and limited partnerships.

Community Development 2014-04-21T05:41:29+00:00

We urge the Kansas Legislature and the U.S. Congress to provide assistance in funding a program to provide information, consultation and referrals to rural residents. We support locally owned and operated value-added endeavors.
We also call for the rejuvenation of a rural development initiative for the benefit of the local community.
We support maintaining rural post offices.

Farm Cooperatives 2014-04-21T05:41:21+00:00

Agricultural cooperatives should be further strengthened in the American farming system to enable farmers to achieve greater bargaining power both in marketing and purchasing.
Farmers Union opposes any attempt to interfere with the present capital structure of the cooperative and its present tax status. We are opposed to any co-op manager or non-members serving on the board of directors of our local or regional co-ops.
We support current legislation that requires 10 members to form a co-op.
We oppose the distribution of severance pay to board members, CEO’s and other executives due to mergers or acquisitions.
We oppose changing regulations that require a 2/3 vote of members to change the articles of incorporation.
We oppose planned entry into livestock breeding and feeding facilities which will place our cooperative into a vertical integration position.
We must not use our cooperatives’ resources in any way which creates direct competition or weaken our memberships financial well-being.
We support the Rochdale Principle (one member/one vote).
We strongly oppose any cooperative entity from creating an alliance with any companies who have the intent on market control.

Transportation 2014-04-21T05:41:13+00:00

We urge the revitalization of our nation’s passenger and freight railroad system. We oppose the closing of branch rail lines, which serve rural communities.
We oppose the deregulation of all non-competitive transportation enterprises.
We support the retention and expansion of existing Amtrak routes in Kansas and across the nation.
We oppose all coal slurry pipelines.
We oppose the cumbersome IRS regulation requiring farmers to log farm cars, pickup and truck mileage.
We oppose foreign ownership of domestic railroad lines. We oppose the privatization of highways and bridges used in the agricultural transportation system.
We oppose the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

FRAN 2014-04-21T05:40:58+00:00

We support implementation and full funding of FRAN (Farm & Ranch Stress Assistance Network).

Health Care 2014-04-21T05:40:51+00:00

We support using a single payer health insurance system.
Health care coverage must be comprehensive and there should be public education to promote healthier life style choices.
Until such time as universal single payer coverage is enacted, we support a 100 percent tax deduction for health insurance premium paid by the self-employed, and we support equalization of Medicare payments to rural and urban hospitals alike.
We support incentives for the purpose of encouraging doctors to practice in rural and other underserved areas. Doctors who receive aid to practice in Kansas for a specified period of time be required to fulfill their obligation. We support prescription coverage under the Medicare and medicaid system.
We oppose the sale of Kansas Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Telecommunication 2014-04-21T05:40:44+00:00

We urge the continuation and further development of reasonable priced, state of the art telecommunication service to rural customers. We oppose consolidation of telecommunication providers.

Rural Electrification Administration 2014-04-21T05:40:33+00:00

We oppose any effort to “privatize” the REA system.
We strongly oppose loss of rural electric territory to private power companies.

Energy 2016-11-04T21:46:49+00:00

We support conservation as the major effort to reduce energy requirements. We support the research and development of renewable energy resources such as solar, geothermal, wind, hydrogen, ethanol, biodiesel and algae with emphasis on community-owned generated power.
Federal and state low-interest loans and tax credits should be made available for these and other programs to develop energy self-sufficiency.
We urge producers to adopt farming practices and crop mixes that will permit efficient utilization of locally produced fuels and nitrogen fertilizers, thereby reducing agricultural dependence on the petroleum industry.
We favor rationing of fuel if needed. We are opposed to excessive taxes and/or price increases to control fuel use.
We favor the abolition of take or pay contracts. We oppose the deregulation of natural gas prices.
We support a resilient expanded electrical grid system that allows for dependable transmission nationwide.
We support a 15% renewable energy mandate for electrical generation.
We support securing 25% of the nation’s energy utilization from renewable sources by 2025 (25×25).
We are opposed to retail wheeling and deregulation of energy.
We support C-BED (community based energy development).
We support net metering of electricity, with a 12-month averaging period.
We support storage of energy from renewable generation.
We support the Renewable Portfolio Standard established by the Kansas Renewable Standards Act.
We support renewal of the national Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit.

Bankruptcy 2014-04-21T05:39:55+00:00

The F.D.I.C. (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) should not have authority to “classify” loans due to reduction of land values.
We oppose any federal effort to eliminate Chapter 12 Bankruptcy and any other action to further lessen the borrowers’ rights. We support the right of mediation to prevent bankruptcy.

State Commodity Check-offs 2014-04-21T05:39:45+00:00

We support voluntary check-offs at point of sale.

Federal Commodity Check-offs 2014-04-21T05:39:34+00:00

We oppose all federal check-off programs.
Fraud and abuse of check-off resources and money must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
All check-off programs must be subject to a referendum vote by mail ballot every three years.

Campaign Finance Reform 2014-04-21T05:39:22+00:00

We demand meaningful campaign finance reform, specifically public funding of congressional and presidential campaigns. We oppose the use of “soft” money (super pacs) in campaigns.
We support elimination of corporate campaign finance through “corporate citizenship.”

Social Security 2014-04-21T05:37:57+00:00

The Social Security fund should be held in its own entity and not be used to finance other government operations. Adjustment should be made in the Social Security system to abolish “notch year” discrimination.
To be viable and assure benefits into the future, Social Security must be a mandatory, universal system. We oppose proposals that would privatize any segment of the system.

State Taxation 2016-11-04T21:46:49+00:00

We support a state-wide property tax in conjunction with an income booster tax, to supplement education funding, and provide local property tax relief.
We oppose an increase of state sales tax.
We recommend a graduated state income tax.
We support the reinstatement of a fair and progressive state income tax.
We oppose the elimination of the corporate income tax.
We support exempting road tax on farm fuel at the point of sale in lieu of refund. We are in favor of the current homestead property tax exemption and we support its increase to $25,000.
The Kansas Farmers Union supports the continuation of a mineral production tax on oil, gas, salt and coal to provide additional funding needed for school financing and road and highway construction and maintenance. We support a property tax on the trans-Canada keystone pipelines.
We support a fair and reasonable tax on personal property.
We support a state-wide intangible earnings tax to be used for property tax relief and funding education.
We urge the reinstatement of the double exemption for individuals over 65.
We support an estate tax with a five million dollar exemption.

Federal Taxation 2016-11-04T21:46:49+00:00

We support the principle of the progressive income tax.
The Kansas Farmers Union supports the phase out of all tax preferences that made agriculture a tax shelter for outside, speculative investment.
We recommend a change in the federal income tax laws to eliminate income tax liabilities of forced liquidations.
Road tax on farm fuels should be exempt at point of sale. We support the continuation of the deduction of state and local property taxes from federal tax returns.
We support income tax averaging for family farmers.
We support increasing the number of tax brackets to facilitate a more equitable tax structure.
We support the tax incentives to encourage the use of wind, solar and other renewable energy systems.
Individuals should be allowed the same health insurance deduction as corporations.
We support increasing the limit on calculating Social Security tax.
We support an estate tax with a five million dollar exemption.

Federal Grain Inspection Service 2014-04-21T05:36:49+00:00

We recommend that the percentage of allowable dockage be reduced. We support legislation to prohibit adding foreign material to any commodity.
Kansas Farmers Union requests that the State of Kansas require that the grain trade give equal credit to grain that exceeds the standard weight in direct proportion to the discount for grain under standard weight.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission 2014-04-21T05:36:34+00:00

We believe the historic system of commodity futures trading continues bankrupting family farmers, ranchers and consumers and is not a prudent risk management tool. The following should be enacted:

  1. Transfer regulatory authority of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to the Security Exchange Commission (SEC).
  2. Support regulations that maintain prices above the cost of production.
  3. We oppose ag commodity options as a substitute for farm programs.
  4. We are opposed to any government involvement in ag options or futures trading as a substitute for or in conjunction with farm programs.
  5. We oppose any speculative trading of commodities futures by any foreign governments, companies or individuals.
  6. All commodities sold on futures or options shall be treated as a positive sale and taxed the same as any ordinary sale of the same commodity.
  7. We support legislation requiring all speculative futures contracts to be assessed any federal check-off.
  8. We support the elimination of speculative short selling of commodity futures contracts.
Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act 2014-04-21T05:36:23+00:00

We support the “Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDC).”

Federal Anti-corporation Farming Law 2014-04-21T05:36:11+00:00

We support legislation which would prohibit direct investment by corporations or private corporation size entities and their stockholders in the business of farming.

Corporate Vertical and Horizontal Integration and Price Fixing 2016-11-04T21:46:49+00:00

We demand the strict enforcement of the anti-trust laws.
We fully support the Kansas Legislature establishing a comprehensive producers protection act.
We also call for state and federal legislation that would require binding mediation in the events of disputes between growers or their organizations and contracted processors or marketers. We support legislation to abolish packer/feeder combinations that control more than 2% of the market share.

Sustainable Agriculture 2014-04-21T05:35:44+00:00

We urge all universities to pursue additional research and support sustainable agricultural endeavors, including but not limited to, organic farming, local food and sustainable agriculture practices and cooperate with other entities doing such research.

Inter-state Marketing of Processed Meats 2014-04-21T05:35:32+00:00

We support federal legislation to allow the smaller independent meat packers, who meet state meat inspection standards, to market inter-state.

Horse Slaughter 2014-04-21T05:35:21+00:00

We oppose a ban on the slaughter of unwanted horses and other meat species, and the criminalization of individuals processing, shipping, transporting, purchasing, selling, delivering, or receiving any meat, flesh, or carcass for the purpose of harvest. We call for the reinstitution of facilities to deal with the humane disposal of horses.

Animal Communicable Diseases 2014-04-21T05:35:03+00:00

Livestock and poultry imports: All livestock entering the U.S. Must be held in quarantine until such time there is proof positive the imported stock is disease free.

Dairy Imports 2014-04-21T05:34:56+00:00

We oppose any reduction of import quotas on dairy products.

Imported Foods 2014-04-21T05:34:47+00:00

We support the enforced USDA inspection of all imported foods to meet the same requirements as inspected products in the United States.
In order for meat to be labeled a United States product, it must be bred, born, raised, processed and packaged in the United States.

GMO Labeling 2014-04-21T05:34:38+00:00

We support full public disclosure of all GMO ingredients through food labels.

Food Safety 2014-04-21T05:34:28+00:00

Since the Kansas Farmers Union’s goal is a safe food supply, for all consumers we support the following:

  1. Ban BSE presumptive positive animals from the human food supply.
  2. Ban imports of live animals and processed meat without documented labeling and verification.
  3. Ban all ruminant meat protein products for feed.
  4. Implement a voluntary, affordable and workable national animal identification program implemented and administered by the federal government, and not by a private entity.
  5. Implement a fully funded Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).
  6. Label processed feedstuffs.
  7. Review the food processing system and add additional inspection.
  8. Provide incentives for a more decentralized packing industry and food system.
Crop Insurance and Disaster Programs 2016-11-04T21:46:49+00:00

We support a federal premium subsidy of at least 50% for all levels of coverage. Yields should be based on APH (actual production history) over a 5 year period. FSA yields should be updated to reflect the true county averages. We urge a minimum level of multi-peril crop insurance (50%) be provided as a benefit of farm program participation to traditional family farm size units.
We support subsidy limits on crop insurance premiums, coupled with conservation compliance.
We support limiting crop insurance premium subsidies for any single business entity or individual to $75,000.
We support continuation of disaster programs until such time as crop insurance is fully a functional alternative.
Whenever a natural disaster strikes destroying any programmed crops, affected producers should receive an IDP payment based on the county average yield.
We oppose the Risk Management Agency allowing premium discounts promoting the use of specific crop inputs and or farm equipment.
We support full disclosure of crop insurance subsidy payments received by participants in the crop insurance program.
Crop insurance coverage regions should reflect feasibility of crop production in the region.
CRP ground should be ineligible for receiving crop insurance until five years of crop production history has been established subject to approval by the NRCS county committee.

Food for Peace 2014-08-05T05:07:17+00:00

We support the P.L. 480 P peace and economic justice for all.

International Trade Agreements 2014-08-05T05:06:36+00:00

We urge Congress and the Administration to re-negotiate trade agreements so they reflect the needs of mankind.
We oppose “trade promotion authority” that circumvents the ability of Congress to negotiate trade agreements.
We support the democratization of free trade agreements.
We oppose the fast-track authority for trade agreements/approval by Congress and that those should be fully aired and debated.

Farm Service Agency Reorganization 2014-08-05T05:04:52+00:00

Kansas Farmers Union opposes efforts to dismantle the Farm Service Agency (FSA) delivery system through office closures, elimination of county office positions, or change employees classification to civil service. We support adequate funding and staffing to support the FSA service centers.
We support the continuation of farmer-elected committees and strongly oppose any effort to reduce the number of such committees or any attempt to make the position of committeemen appointed.
We oppose the formation of any national oversight committee which supersedes state or county committee jurisdictions.

Agriculture Policy 2016-11-04T21:46:49+00:00

A policy of parity prices, fair trade, and humanitarian aid should be established by our country and promoted around the world. We support the following guidelines for a farm policy to enhance agriculture and communities.

  • Farmer owned reserve (market-driven inventory system)
  • Safety net – affordable crop insurance, permanent disaster program
  • Farm program payment limits
  • Supply management
  • Conservation programs and stewardship
  • Renewable energy
  • Food and nutrition programs
  • Public funded research
  • Community development
  • Country of Origin Labeling
  • Fair and competitive markets
  • Enhance transportation infrastructure
  • Accessible and affordable agricultural credit
  • Full funding of farm and conservation programs
  • GMO liability and oversight
  • Beginning farmer rancher program & minority program
  • Sustainable agricultural water use
Preamble 2014-08-05T05:48:42+00:00

The Kansas Farmers Union represents its members who are engaged in various farming and ranching pursuits through cooperation, legislation, and education.
The Kansas Farmers Union takes pride in defining our policy. We believe policy should address the needs of people. The moral and ethical decisions made by individuals and governments have an impact on our daily lives, and on the lives of future generations. Recognizing that fact, our policy strives to assure those decisions maintain a just and ethical basis.
Our policy also addresses the use of our natural resources and environment with the same fervor. We must not allow greed, ignorance, or carelessness to bring about exploitation of our natural resources, or of our fellow man.
We believe family ownership of farm land is the basis for the world’s most viable system of food and fiber production, and maintaining this family farm system will preserve our country’s natural and human resources.
We believe this policy would develop farm programs that will diminish hunger, foster peace, justice, and the preservation and protection of our natural resources and local economies.