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KFU President Donn Teske joins Ron Klataske, Executive Director of Audubon of Kansas, and Paul Johnson, Lobbyist for the Kansas Rural Center for a conversation on conservation issues and the next Farm Bill.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Grassland Heritage Foundation, the Jayhawk Audubon Society’s September 25th program will feature a panel discussion on “The Federal Farm Bill: Wildlife Habitat, Land Conservation, Water Quality and so much more!”

Scheduled to be renewed in 2018, the final version of the next Farm Bill will have significant effects on birds and other wildlife, siltation problems in reservoirs of eastern Kansas, and viability of locally produced food and assistance for low-income families. Panelists will include Paul Johnson, Ron Klataske and Donn Teske, who will provide information and lead discussion on this important matter.

Paul Johnson is an organic market gardener and lobbyist for the Kansas Rural Center (KRC) on regional foods, environmental protection and water issues. His weekly Policy Watch reports during the Kansas legislative session are a must-read for those wanting to keep up with legislative action in environmental and social issues. KRC sponsors monthly conference calls on grazing options to promote sustainable agriculture and has a pollinator project promoting farming practices to increase ecological balance. KRC has been active in promoting federal Farm Bills that support conservation practices on working farms through the Conservation Stewardship Program.

Ron Klataske, Executive Director of Audubon of Kansas (AOK), has been involved in advocating for wildlife conservation in many capacities. Having grown up on a diversified farm, and still involved in land management for AOK’s sanctuaries and his own family land, Ron’s priority has always been stewardship of the natural world. As a member of the USDA Kansas State Technical Committee since the mid-1990’s, he brings his passion to improve policies and practices involving the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, Conservation Reserve Program, and easement programs to preserve grasslands, wetlands and other habitats.

Donn Teske, president of the Kansas Farmers Union for the last 16 years, is a fifth generation farmer on his family farm situated on the eastern edge of the Flint Hills. Donn also serves as Vice President on the National Farmers Union board of directors, which provides guidance to state chapters on various aspects of the federal Farm Bill. Additionally, he serves on several other board related to ag issues.

Please join the Jayhawk Audubon Society, League of Women Voters and the Grassland Heritage Foundation as they facilitate this panel discussion towards a better understanding of the next federal Farm Bill in order to advocate for environmentally friendly practices on the 900 million plus farmed acres in the U.S. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

BYO dinner with Panel members – 5:00 p.m.

Ingredient, 947 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 25 in the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 1245 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence KS 66044.