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Spring 2016 Kontact Cover

The cover photo featuring Kansas Farmers Union board member David Heiens was taken by Tom Parker at the Iwig Family Dairy in Tecumseh, during the Kansas Beginning Farmer Bus Tour.  The dairy had been in business since 1910, but in 2004 owners Tim and Laurel Iwig took the farm to the next level by adding a dairy bottling and retail service that supplied fresh milk to local grocery stores. Recently the Iwigs shifted their marketing strategy by increasing direct sales of its products to consumers at three retail locations.

Photo credit: Tom Parker

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From Boom to Bust, Writer Explores Water in Kansas

By Tom Parker To the average Kansas resident living in a metropolitan area, water is a given. Turn on the tap and water flows out. The water is clear, free of impurities and, apparently, infinite in supply. It’s more complicated in rural Kansas. Turn on the tap and water flows out, but it isn’t always clear and it isn’t always pure and it certainly isn’t infinite in supply. In fact, [...]

Changes to Kansas corporate farming law pose potential health impacts, study finds

By Tom Parker In 2013, Kansas lawmakers considered amending the current Kansas Corporate Farming Law with two bills, one for each legislative branch, that would have removed restrictions for agribusinesses with certain forms of ownership structure—corporate, in other words—to operate within the state. Among other changes, the Kansas Agriculture Growth and Rural Investment Initiative, as it was known, would have allowed any out-of-state agribusiness to operate anywhere in the state [...]

Kansas Farmers Union State Office Moves to Downtown McPherson

Just before the new year, staff and board moved 40+ years accumulation of Kansas Farmers Union history to a location near downtown. The newly renovated office is a block east of Main Street and a block north of the post office on Kansas Ave/Hwy 56, about 1 square block from the heart of downtown McPherson. Here’s how to contact us: Kansas Farmers Union 115 E. Marlin, Suite #108 PO Box [...]

Transition at the State Office: Kramer departs, VanCampen joins team

It is with mixed feelings that I will be resigning as Office Manager of Kansas Farmers Union on May 13th. I was offered a new position at a well-respected accounting firm here in McPherson and, after MUCH consideration, I just cannot turn down the offer. I have thoroughly enjoyed my last 5 years with this wonderful organization. The KFU family has welcomed me with open arms and [...]

New McPherson-based Insurance Agent Joins Midwest Regional Agency

Don Delaney began his new career as part of the Midwest Regional Agency team on February 15, 2016 in McPherson KS where he will be taking over the servicing of the Property & Casualty portion of the Cady Agency. Growing up in the southeast corner of Kansas just outside of Cherryvale, Don was most recently the Finance and Insurance Manager with Midway Motors McPherson Chevrolet who recently purchased Wallace Chevrolet [...]

NFO-KFU Grain Marketing Agreement Available

Kansas Farmers Union and National Farmers (NFO) have always had a good working relationship over the years, and a new grain marketing agreement between the two organizations will now help our members’ and KFU’s bottom line. NFO grain marketing representative Pete Lorenz spoke at KFU’s annual convention last December about the benefits of marketing grain through NFO. After visiting with Lorenz about other groups that have developed grain marketing agreements, [...]