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Farm Aid Grant

COVID-19 Relief Funding Available for Kansas and Missouri Family Farmers Fund supports small family farms falling through the cracks of COVID-19 MCPHERSON, KANSAS (June 3) – Family farmers in Kansas and Missouri can now access much-needed relief from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Farm Aid has partnered with the Kansas Farmers Union Foundation and Missouri Farmers Union to distribute emergency relief grants to help farmers meet household expenses. [...]

  • 2019 Convention: Rural Issues Panel

Challenges and opportunities facing rural communities explored at Kansas Farmers Union convention

From population changes to rural healthcare and farming and food access. On January 9, Gov. Laura Kelly announced that she had reached a deal with Republicans who control the Legislature to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Senate Bill 252 to expand Medicaid is scheduled to have four days of hearings in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee beginning Thursday, Jan. 23. Kansas Farmers Union policy has [...]

  • 2019 Convention

Kansas legislators predict hot topics for the 2020 session

by Amy Hadachek When four Kansas state legislators and a policy analyst converged in front of an overflowing public audience, predicting the ‘hot topics’ for the 2020 Kansas legislative session came as easily as a Kansas breeze. The event was the well-attended panel discussion during the Kansas Farmers Union state convention Wednesday, December 4th in Lawrence, Kan. “Medicaid expansion is a key issue of the Governor’s – and something [...]

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  • President's Report by Donn Teske

Summer 2021

As this year has progressed we in agriculture have been given the opportunity to have our hopes risen on the news that the current administration is going to aggressively tackle a lot of the issues that we in Farmers Union have been fighting to change for many years –corporate concentration, especially in the livestock industry, Country of Origin Labeling, the [...]

  • Staff broke down membership by county and, in those without an active chapter, we created grouping of counties that took into account factors like number of members, geography, production, and culture.

SURVEY: Exploring Future Chapter Options

By Mercedes Taylor-Puckett Planning our first ever virtual convention came with some speed bumps and one of the biggest was obtaining duly-elected delegates. In a typical year, chapters across the state hold in-person meetings to conduct annual business and hold elections. That just wasn’t an option in 2020. Finding a solution led us into a deep dive of our [...]

  • Led by Policy Chair Tom Tom Giessel, delegates reviewed past policy and debated new issues including trade agreements and tariffs, industrial hemp, climate change, crop insurance and disaster programs, and the reestablishment of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

2022 Policy Drafting begins Online in October

By Donn Teske Policy drafting preceding the Dec 1st & 2nd KFU state convention will be held via Zoom over three consecutive Thursdays, October 7th, 14th, & 21st at 7:00 PM.  RSVP HERE Last year we pretty much just moved the existing policy forward and focused on special orders. We really should give policy some serious attention this year, [...]

  • Corporate Power in the Livestock Industry is Harming Farmers, NFU President Larew Tells Senate Judiciary Committee

Corporate Power in the Livestock Industry is Harming Farmers, NFU President Larew Tells Senate Judiciary Committee

In response to high levels of corporate consolidation in the livestock sector, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing in late July titled “Beefing Up Competition: Examining America’s Food Supply Chain.” Several individuals representing meat packing plants, grocery stores, and ranchers presented testimony on the issues the industry is facing and potential solutions. National Farmers Union (NFU) [...]

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USDA to Rescind Organic Livestock and Poultry Rules to Detriment of Family Organic Producers and Consumers, NFU Says

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its intent to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. The rule was finalized in January 2017, but placed on hold when the new administration took office. National Farmers Union (NFU) supports the OLPP rule’s intent, as it would improve the consistency and integrity of organic livestock practices [...]

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Farm Groups Urge President Trump to Implement Farmer Fair Practices Rules

WASHINGTON – National Farmers Union joined a coalition of 82 farm, rural and consumers groups today in sending a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to implement the Farmer Fair Practices Rules via executive order. The rules would provide the most basic of protections to American family farmers and ranchers who are enduring unfair and abusive practices as a [...]

  • Food Safety Survey

NFUF Launching Needs Assessment Survey to Inform Food Safety

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017) – The Local Food Safety Collaborative, a collaboration between National Farmers Union Foundation (NFUF) and the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), today launched a nationwide food safety survey. The results will help the organization address the needs of small producers and processors with regards to food safety and compliance with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act [...]

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