November 20142019-09-24T15:28:58-05:00

Thinking Outside the Box: 2014 Kansas Farmers Union State Convention Set for December 4-6

The beauty of the Flint Hills, local food, agricultural advocacy, feeding 9 billion by 2050, and the past, present, and future of Kansas family farmers and ranchers are just a handful of topics that will be featured at Kansas Farmers Union’s 2014 convention December 4‐6, 2014 at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 530 Richards Dr. Manhattan, KS. Thursday, Dec. 4 is devoted to the business of the state’s oldest active general farm organization, with registration opening at 11:15 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, where NFU honorary historian Tom [...]

Kansas Beginning Farmer Day set for December 6th in Manhattan

Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition invites beginning farmers and ranchers of all ages to the Kansas Beginning Farmer Day, Saturday, December 6 at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, KS. The event is being held in conjunction with Kansas Farmers Union’s annual convention, December 4-5. More information on KFU’s convention can be found elsewhere in this issue of the Kansas Kontact or at The keynote speaker on Saturday is Cody Holmes of Norwood, MO. Cody grew up on a small dairy farm in south central Missouri. He bought his first [...]

Hands on Herd Health for Goats and Sheep Workshop to be held in Manhattan on Nov. 22nd

Dr. Brian Faris will lead the “Hands on Herd Health for Small Ruminants” workshop at the new state-of-the-art K-State Sheep and Meat Goat Center, 2117 Denison Avenue, Manhattan, from 9:00 AM -  3:00 PM, Saturday, November 22. The new facility, designed with animal care and handler safety in mind, contains design features and handling procedures that can be adapted to a producer’s current facilities. Workshop participants will experience the luxury of the new facility, and be allowed hands on experience like trimming hooves, FAMACHA evaluations, and perform sonograms on pregnant [...]

Nationally-recognized Farmer-Veteran to Talk Poultry

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunities Meeting Scheduled for Nov 20th All beginning farmers and ranchers are invited to a Beginning Farmer & Rancher Opportunities meeting at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, KS, Thursday, November 20, from 4:00 to 9:00 PM, hosted by Kansas Farmers Union and the Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition. The meeting’s featured speaker is Dan Hromas, owner and operator of Prairie Pride Poultry, a small pastured chicken operation located on the northeast edge of York, Nebraska. Hromas started the farm in 2013 in order to support [...]

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

Upcoming workshops address emergency preparedness for livestock operations By Tom Parker, special to the Kontact The phone jarred Ken Powell awake. Groggy and disoriented, he glanced at the clock while fumbling with the receiver: midway between midnight and one a.m. From past experiences as an environmental scientist for the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment’s Bureau of Waste Management, he knew there were only two types of phone calls at that time of night—wrong numbers and emergencies. This was an emergency. The caller was from a turkey facility [...]

Sharing the Load: Holistic Management of Labor

by Cody Holmes, featured presenter at KBFC Day 2014 One-thousand acres in southern Missouri, 300 beef cows, 400 sheep, 200 goats, a Jersey cow dairy, a goat dairy and cheese plant, 350 laying hens, 1,000 broilers, 120 hogs, a green house, a hoop house, five low tunnels and seven acres of produce make up the Rockin H Ranch. We attend two farmers’ markets per week, make home farm fresh food deliveries three times per week, service several grocery stores, school cafeterias, and an on-farm store. How can one man, [...]

Planning for Farm and Ranch Succession Workshops Announced

The transfer of ownership, management and leadership from one generation to another is an important issue for farms, ranches and rural communities across Kansas. This winter, K-State Research & Extension and Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services will offer one-day succession conferences designed to educate and support families as they prepare for the future of the enterprise. The conferences will take place at five sites around the state and bring together a network of K-State Research & Extension professionals offering comprehensive insights for families transferring their farm or ranch. Each one-day conference [...]

Kansas Family Farm Day planned for upcoming Kansas Legislative Session

Plans are coming together for a Kansas Family Farm Day during the upcoming 2015 Kansas Legislative Session in Topeka, hosted by KFU and Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition. The event will feature a local foods legislative breakfast, family farm advocates rally, and visits with members of the Kansas Legislature. A date has not been set at this time, but please check the KFU website events page regularly for updates. To start the day off, KFU and KBFC will host legislators at a local foods breakfast in the Capitol. By doing this, [...]

KFU Out & About: November

On September 26, Donn and Mercedes participated in the Kansas Waters: Research and Communications–From Data to News symposium at the University of Kansas where KU and K-State faculty presented the latest finding on Kansas ag water use and water quality research. The afternoon sessions focused on communicating science and policy to institutions, legislators, the public and media. The Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition Board & Advisory Committee traveled to Ardmore, OK’s Noble Foundation Sept. 28-Oct. 1 for the fall board meeting and retreat. Mary serves on the KGLC board, representing Kansas [...]