Northeast Kansas Chapter Launches

Kansas Farmers Union chartered its first multi-county chapter in more than a decade this fall. Awareness of KFU in this region of the state has grown as we have helped organize and host multiple events, from a series of farm tours and workshops targeted to military veterans to a statewide symposium on regional food [...]

Northeast Kansas Chapter Launches2019-04-13T15:13:15-05:00

American healthcare getting more expensive, less effective

By Tom Parker When Walter Cronkite spoke, America listened. His unbiased reporting on events from Vietnam, President Kennedy’s assassination and Watergate earned him the title of “the most trusted man in America.” Cronkite’s words carried weight, and though he strictly adhered to the standards of objective journalism, he still managed to make his [...]

American healthcare getting more expensive, less effective2019-03-04T14:26:58-05:00

Climate Changes: NFU president assesses the uncertain farm economy

The 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law on December 20, 2018. Read NFU President Roger Johnson's statement on the passage here. By Tom Parker The National Farmers Union, while admittedly leaning left of center on the political spectrum, has always been staunchly nonpartisan on issues facing America’s farmers and ranchers, NFU President [...]

Climate Changes: NFU president assesses the uncertain farm economy2019-03-08T10:26:40-05:00

Convention Delegates Adopt 2019 KFU Policy Priorities

Delegates to the 2018 State Convention adopted seven Special Orders of Business during policy debate. The orders address a wide range of concerns, from healthcare and mental health services to the rural economy and beginning farmer support. New orders include: On the rural economy, members connect grain surpluses from over-production and high crop yields [...]

Convention Delegates Adopt 2019 KFU Policy Priorities2019-03-06T17:19:29-05:00

Forrest Buhler and Char Henton Receive KFU’s 2018 Ruth Hirsh Awards

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 [...]

Forrest Buhler and Char Henton Receive KFU’s 2018 Ruth Hirsh Awards2019-03-08T10:57:38-05:00

PAGES FROM A BOOK: Federal Reserve publication ignites interest in developing food systems

By Tom Parker Helen Schnoes was on a return leg from western New York State when she stopped in Omaha, Neb., to meet supporters trying to develop a community food system similar to the framework of the Douglas County Food Policy Council, of which she was the Sustainability and Food Systems Planner. It was [...]

PAGES FROM A BOOK: Federal Reserve publication ignites interest in developing food systems2019-03-06T14:33:24-05:00

Snapshots of the 2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention

Photos by Tom Parker KFU State Convention was held November 29-30, 2018 at the Prairie Band Resort, Mayetta. Special guests for the two-day event were Roger Johnson, Marci Penner, Ron Wilson, & Dale Strickler. Our theme of Rural Resilience appeared many times as we discussed opportunities & challenges facing Kansans: [...]

Snapshots of the 2018 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention2019-03-08T10:48:42-05:00

Thinking Outside the Box: North Central Farm Tour

by Tom Parker By Dale Strickler’s reckoning, he should have hosted a farm tour weeks earlier. Days had been blazing hot under cloudless skies, but as soon as vehicles began rolling in, a cold, steady rain began falling. His farm was the first stop of “Thinking Outside the Box,” a tour spotlighting [...]

Thinking Outside the Box: North Central Farm Tour2019-03-14T14:18:15-05:00

Backwards from Conventional: Courtland’s Dale Strickler redefines pasture

by Tom Parker Shortly after the first drivers turned onto a narrow two-track leading into what appeared to be an overgrown pasture a few miles south of Courtland, the low rounded hills to the east disappeared behind a translucent veil. Within minutes, a steady cold drizzle settled in. The rutted entrance to [...]

Backwards from Conventional: Courtland’s Dale Strickler redefines pasture2019-03-14T16:17:54-05:00