The General Session begins with the distribution of credentials and seating of chapter delegates. Members nominate board candidates and national convention delegates, receive a report on organization finances, and begin drafting 2020 KFU Policy. Each year, members review past policy, propose and debate new issues, and adopt policy for the coming year.
During lunch, Senior VP of Public Policy and Communications for National Farmers Union Rob Larew delivers the Washington Update with news about national farm policy and the organization.
Following lunch, Olivia Taylor-Puckett leads a panel exploring how Boomers, GenXers, Millennials and Z-gens differ on perceptions of climate change and eagerness to act. The Rural Problems and Prospects session, moderated by Jim McLean, is a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities facing Kansas’ rural communities, from population changes to rural healthcare and farming and food access. Next moderator Tim Carpenter asks a panel of legislators and lobbyists to grab a crystal ball to try to predict the hot topics during the upcoming legislative session.
The evening banquet includes the presentation of the Ruth Hirsh Award and the chartering of a new KFU chapter in South Central Kansas, as well as Lt. Governor Rogers’ keynote focused on the new Office of Rural Prosperity.
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KFU staff will be located in the pre-convene area for check-in and walk-in registration.
Members then nominate board candidates and national convention delegates.
Royce Jannsen, KFU’s CPA presents the Financial Report before members begin drafting 2020 KFU Policy. Each year, members review past policy, propose and debate new issues, and adopt policy for the coming year.
Focus has landed on a generational divide about climate change in recent months. With young activist like Greta Thunburg capturing international headlines and the rise of orgs like the Sunrise Movement and Climate Strike, the millennial and Z generations are speaking out. We’ll explore how Boomers, GenXers, Millennials and Z gens differ on perceptions of climate change and eagerness to act.
2:30 p.m. Rural Problems and Prospects with moderator Jim McLean and panelists: Charlie Hunt, Mary Fund, and Sheldon Weisgrau
Join us for a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities facing Kansas’ rural communities, from population changes to rural healthcare and farming and food access.
3:45 p.m. 2020 Kansas Legislative Session Issues moderator: Tim Carpenter panelists: Senator Marci Francisco, Representative Eileen Horn, Senator Boog Highberger, Senator Dan Kerschen (invited), Representative Rui Xu, and Paul Johnson
Let’s grab a crystal ball and try to predict the hot topics during the upcoming legislative session.
Will Medicaid Expansion finally pass? What’s happening with the Rural Revitalization Task Force? And the ever present issue of taxes?
We’ll talk with elected officials and lobbyists to get their take.
Donn Teske welcomes members and guests.
Presentation of the highest KFU recognition, the Ruth Hirsch Award.
Presentation of new South Central Chapter Charter, led by Tom Giessel.
Lt. Governor Rogers’ keynote focused on the new Office of Rural Prosperity.
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