Tom Giessel will be presenting the following: 12:00 p.m. Lunch and Early National Farmers Union History with Tom Giessel and 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Early Kansas Farmers Union History with Tom Giessel
NFU honorary historian Tom Giessel will share his historical knowledge and findings on the early years of the Farmers Educational Cooperative Union of America, which grew out of the old Farmers’ Alliance organization. Giessel will speak on the original organizers and their history, how they organized Farmers Union locals and carefully structured the organization politically, how Farmers Union geographically spread across the nation, and how it developed into a modern-day organization. Giessel will also discuss the role of newspapers and newspaper editors in those early years, plus the importance of Cooperation, Legislation, and Education to the the membership.
NFU honorary historian Tom Giessel will discuss the early years of KFU, and the major role cooperative education played during that time. Since KFU is meeting in Manhattan, the home of the first land grant college in the nation, Giessel will also discuss the relationship Farmers Union had with agricultural colleges, the legislation regarding agricultural education, and the equal importance of scientific farming taught by the college and marketing skills and knowledge provided by the organization.
Tom Giessel will be presenting the following:
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Early National Farmers Union History with Tom Giessel
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Early Kansas Farmers Union History with Tom Giessel