Thursday begins with final 2020 Policy review and adoption by delegates. Next, Chelsea Matzen, National Farmers Union, updates members on the Local Food Safety Collaborative and the Food Safety Modernization Act implementation.
We’ll dive deep in an effort to answer: “What would a truly progressive farm program look like and how do we make it happen?” President Donn Teske moderates an exceptional panel with diverse specialties that will provide historical background and inspire discussion. Panelists are: Austin Frerick, Deputy Director of the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University; Rob Larew, NFU Senior VP; Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, Director of the KSU Chapman Center; Matthew Sanderson, Rural Sociologist at K-State; and KFU’s own Tom Giessel, NFU Historian.
Our lunch keynote explores the stories of Kansans who worked to stop forces of intolerance in the state. John Burchill, author and criminal justice historian who teaches at Kansas Wesleyan University, presents “Four Horsemen and a Sage.” We’ll learn about a rabbi, two priests, and a minister and their travels around Kansas to dispute a Senatorial candidate who bolstered anti-Semitic and Nazi sentiments.
Our final panel takes a look at Industrial Hemp in Kansas. Farmers across the state were enthusiastic about this new crop. With a season of research hemp production under our belts, what have we learned and where are we headed?