Kicking off the morning sessions is an update from Washington D.C. on national farm policy by President Roger Johnson and Aaron Shier, National Farmers Union. Dale Strickler, known as the Cover Crop Guru of Kansas, addresses having more cows than grass in his Friday morning session. Strickler’s goal is to create a pasture system where he can graze year round with vegetation that would out compete weeds, never need fertilizer, and produce excellent tonnage. Dr. Sharon Lee helps us dig into the facts and fallacies of a single payer system of healthcare. During Friday’s lunch, Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University in Manhattan, shares “Tumbleweed Tales of Rural Kansas” focusing on fascinating stories of entrepreneurship that can be found in all corners of rural Kansas.
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