2018 Kansas Farmers Union Convention: Day Two

The Kansas Farmers Union Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting and reviewed proposed bylaw changes prior to the General Session. During the General Session, members nominated board candidates and national convention delegates, received a report on organization finances, and began drafting 2019 KFU Policy. Each year, members review past policy, propose and debate new issues, and adopt policy for the coming year. Following lunch, Marlin Bates and Helen Schnoes provided insights from the recent Harvesting Opportunity in Kansas Symposium, and Dr. Karen Willey and Rosanna Bauman shared information on Slow Money NE Kansas and alternative financing for food and ag projects. Marci Penner facilitated an interactive session, “Let’s Talk: Making rural a quality choice.” NFU Pres. Johnson shared his insights on the future of Farmers Union during Thursday’s convention banquet and the prestigious 2018 Ruth Hirsh Award was presented.

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KFU staff will be located in the pre-convene area for check-in and registration.

The KFU Board will hold a meeting and review proposed bylaw changes.

Call to Order
Distribution of Credentials
Officer and NFU Delegate Nominations
Royce Jannsen, KFU’s CPA presenting the Financial Report
Consideration and adoption of policy and bylaws begins

Buffet lunch in the casino.
In May 2018, partners across Kansas hosted the Harvesting Opportunity in Kansas Symposium at the University of Kansas School of Business where 150+ farmers, bankers, economic development professionals, extension professionals, and community development advocates gathered to learn, share, and discuss a key idea: How can we build true community wealth in Kansas through food and farming?

Marlin Bates, executive director of KSRE Douglas County, and Helen Schnoes, Sustainability and Food Systems Planner for Douglas County, will provide insights from the recent Harvesting Opportunity in Kansas Symposium. The daylong event drew professionals and community members passionate about local agriculture, healthy food access, and improving Kansas communities to learn about new tools to advance their work with a focus on economic development.

Let’s talk.  What do you love about living rural?  What makes it a great place for people of all ages?  What makes it a tough choice?  Can young people be attracted to rural?  More young people choose rural than you think but how can we step up the game to make it a top choice for more.
Donn Teske welcomes members and guests.
Presentation of the highest KFU recognition, the Ruth Hirsch Award.
Presentation of Douglas County Charter, led by Tom Giessel.