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2019 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention to Consider Future of Agriculture, Kansas and Rural Communities

By Mercedes Taylor-Puckett The Road Ahead: Framing a future for agriculture, Kansas, and our communities is the focus of the 2019 Kansas Farmers Union state convention, December 4-5 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Lawrence. In addition to exploring what a truly progressive farm program would look like and how we can make it happen, conference sessions focus on the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities, the significant issues [...]

  • 2019 Summer Fun Farm Tour Series

2019 Summer Fun Farm Tour Series Kicks-off July 22

By Mercedes Taylor-Puckett Kansas Farmers Union and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas are offering new and aspiring farmers an opportunity to visit nine Kansas and Missouri farms and learn from educators, producers and other experts about topics ranging from on farm food safety to business planning. The Summer Fun Farm Tour Series runs every other Monday beginning July 22 and includes stops across the northeastern region of [...]

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Midwest Storm Disaster Assistance Available to Farm Families

Kansas Farmers Union Coordinating Farm Aid’s Family Farmer Disaster Relief Fund Farm and ranch families in Kansas can now access much-needed financial relief following the devastating spring floods and severe weather events in the Midwest. Farm Aid is partnering with Kansas Farmers Union and National Farmers Union to distribute emergency relief grants to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming for their income, live in [...]

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  • President's Report by Donn Teske


DELEGATE CREDENTIALING Our state convention is rapidly approaching. It’s going to be in Lawrence at the Double Tree by Hilton December 4th and 5th. As the years have gone by, we have gotten very casual about our credentialing of delegates being seated for the business meeting and the creation of the coming year’s policy of the Kansas Farmers Union. The [...]

  • KFU's Capitol Beat with Sean Gatewood February 2019


By SEAN GATEWOOD This session was a much shorter session. Usually Sine Die is simply a ceremony that half of the members don’t even show up to. This year was different. There were several veto overrides and failed attempts as well as a protest. As always I have enjoyed being your eyes at the statehouse. [...]

  • Ron Wilson,director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University in Manhattan

‘What size tumbleweed would you like?’ and other tales from the Kansas frontier

By Tom Parker To hear Ron Wilson tell it, Linda Katz’s entry into one of the most improbable and outlandish business schemes in the annals of entrepreneurship started out as a joke.Like many families in rural areas, hers had scattered across the nation in pursuit of more lucrative opportunities. Some lived nearby and some lived far away, and those that [...]

  • Each year AgrAbility helps hundreds of farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families succeed in agricultural production and rural community life.


Tawnie Larson   Kansas State University Project Coordinator The Kansas AgrAbility Project’s primary purpose is to assist Kansas farmers/ranchers, their employees, and family members who have become injured, have a health condition, or a limitation to remain actively engaged in production agriculture for as long as they choose. It is estimated that more than 9,000 full-time or part-time Kansas [...]

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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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