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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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By MARY HOWELL Kansas Farmers Union has been awarded a fourth FSMA food safety grant to offer produce safety education to specialty crop growers. We’re working with diverse grower populations to enhance their knowledge of food safety and on-farm good agricultural practices and educate them on FSMA Produce Safety Rule. This funding will provide information and resources to [...]

  • President's Report by Donn Teske

February 2020

Welp, I’ve re-written this President’s Report three times already trying to share with you what is in my mind and my soul. Let’s try this one… I have filed as a candidate for the position of president for the National Farmers Union. This sounds simple, but it isn’t. I waffled a long time over the decision to file. There [...]

  • New KFU Family Members


JOIN US IN WELCOMING THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF OUR GROWING FARMERS UNION FAMILY! John & Marcia Ashmore of Syracuse Roy & Rhonda Atwood of Ebson Scott Barth of Oskaloosa Galen Bauman of Sabetha Brent Beck of Mankato Delvin & Elaine Berger of Barnes Gary & Linda Blanton of Troy Joseph & Susan Blevins of Highland [...]

  • KFU's Capitol Beat with Sean Gatewood February 2019


The session is off and running fairly quickly this year. The major tax and spend issues are still fairly muffled at this point, but expect that to crescendo up throughout the session. The state started this session with a few million extra dollars in the coffers that were not anticipated and folks are eager to get at that money [...]

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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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