Thursday kicks off with the Washington Breakfast featuring Zack Clark, NFU Government Relations Representative, for a report on the year’s developments with the national organization. Sean Gatewood, Alliance for a Healthy Kansas, discusses the status of Kansas healthcare access and Donna Pearson McClish shares the rapid growth of Wichita’s Common Ground Producers and Growers, Inc. Kerri Ebert provides updates on AgrAbility program while Dale Strickler presents a new vision for agriculture. During lunch attendees hear from Adrian Polansky, state executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Kansas, and Rob Larew, NFU Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications. Afternoon sessions explore the ‘80s farm crisis and the current ag economy. Farm Aid’s recently released documentary, Homeplace Under Fire, will be shown followed by a farm crisis pro-active response panel discussion and strategy planning featuring Forrest Buhler, Charlie Griffin, Linda Hessman, and Ed Reznicek. USDA GIPSA Administrator Larry Mitchell will offer the keynote, “Reflections of a Texas Plowboy in Washington, D.C. – AAM, NFU and USDA” during Thursday’s banquet. The evening concludes with the annual Kansas Farmers Union Foundation auction.
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