AMERICA AT THE INTERSECTION OF HOPE AND DOUBT: A politician’s perspective on the 1980s farm crisis

By Tom Parker In February of 1979, thousands of disgruntled farmers flooded the streets of Washington D.C. with an estimated 900 tractors and hundreds of support vehicles. The uniquely American protest was organized by the American Agriculture Movement, whose members felt that government and industry leaders were out of touch with the needs of [...]

AMERICA AT THE INTERSECTION OF HOPE AND DOUBT: A politician’s perspective on the 1980s farm crisis2018-03-29T09:49:12-05:00

BRIDGES: Making connections in a changing world

By Tom Parker As a member of the planning committee for the 2017 Kansas Farmers Union convention, she was instrumental in combining a diverse assortment of speakers, discussions and forums ranging from policy, personal narrative, history and art into a thematic whole, minus the thematic. “Your convention planning team is philosophically opposed to [...]

BRIDGES: Making connections in a changing world2018-03-29T11:52:48-05:00

AMERICA AT THE INTERSECTION OF HOPE AND DOUBT: A politician’s perspective on the 1980s farm crisis

By Tom Parker In February of 1979, thousands of disgruntled farmers flooded the streets of Washington D.C. with an estimated 900 tractors and hundreds of support vehicles. The uniquely American protest was organized by the American Agriculture Movement, whose members felt that government and industry leaders were out of touch with the needs [...]

AMERICA AT THE INTERSECTION OF HOPE AND DOUBT: A politician’s perspective on the 1980s farm crisis2018-01-09T06:18:50-06:00

Reflections on the Evolution of a Beginning Farmer

By Tom Parker When Jason Schmidt returned to his family farm to take over from his parents, he was experienced in sustainable and regenerative agricultural systems from South Africa to Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas, and filled with an unwavering optimism that the knowledge and ideas he espoused would transform their conventional dairy operation [...]

Reflections on the Evolution of a Beginning Farmer2018-01-09T06:11:49-06:00

Reflections on the Evolution of a Beginning Farmer

By Tom Parker When Jason Schmidt returned to his family farm to take over from his parents, he was experienced in sustainable and regenerative agricultural systems from South Africa to Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas, and filled with an unwavering optimism that the knowledge and ideas he espoused would transform their conventional dairy operation [...]

Reflections on the Evolution of a Beginning Farmer2018-09-13T11:36:43-05:00

BRIDGES: Making connections in a changing world

By Tom Parker Sarah Green wanted to discuss semantics. And bridges.As a member of the planning committee for the 2017 Kansas Farmers Union convention, she was instrumental in combining a diverse assortment of speakers, discussions and forums ranging from policy, personal narrative, history and art into a thematic whole, minus the thematic. “Your convention [...]

BRIDGES: Making connections in a changing world2018-01-08T14:04:30-06:00

2017 KFU State Convention

Make plans to attend the KFU Convention, December 1-2, 2017 at the Best Western, Emporia. Special guests for the two-day event are Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Erika Nelson, Kurt and Andi Dale, and Jason Schmidt. This year’s theme of Bridges appears many times as we discuss ways to make connections: finding the perfect fit, bridging [...]

2017 KFU State Convention2017-10-31T10:52:31-05:00

2017 KFU State Convention Set for Dec 1-2 in Emporia

By Mary HowellMake plans to attend the Kansas Farmers Union Convention, December 1-2, 2017 at the Best Western, Emporia, KS. Special guests for the two-day event are Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Erika Nelson, Kurt & Andi Dale, and Jason Schmidt.This year’s theme of “Bridges” appears many times as we discuss ways to make connections: finding [...]

2017 KFU State Convention Set for Dec 1-2 in Emporia2017-11-02T17:43:43-05:00