Kansas Beginning Farmer Coalition DayBeginning farmers work on their online presence during Republic County Economic Development co-director Luke Mahin social networking presentation for farmers, producers and small businesses.
2013 KFU Convention: SaturdayDr. W. Chris King, chief academic officer for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, discussed rising risks from climate change such as loss of arable lands, depletion of the world’s aquifers and reduced access to clean water, how overpopulation magnifies environmental, geopolitical and militarization stresses and why it’s a national security interest for the U.S. military.
2013 KFU Convention: Farm Crisis EventFollowing a screening of the documentary "The Farm Crisis," director of the Kansas Rural Family Helpline Charlie Griffin, National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson, former Kansas Rural Center farm financial counselor and Nemaha County, KS farmer Ed Reznicek, and director of Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services Forrest Buhler discuss their involvement in the crisis that tooks place during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
2013 KFU Convention: Friday BanquetKansas Farmers Union members, Midwest Regional Agency insurance agents, and guests gather for the Friday evening banquet during KFU's annual convention held in Topeka, KS January 3-4, 2014.
2013 KFU Convention: Saturday KeynoteLarry Mitchell, administrator for the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, spoke of new threats to grain and livestock production and exports, the push toward privatization of grain exports and how their precedence in early scandals and compromises dates back 100 years, and why Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” is as applicable today as it was in 1906.
2013 KFU Convention: SaturdayAdrian Polansky, executive director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Kansas, outlined micro-loan programs for small and niche producers, the importance of the school nutritional program and modernization of the USDA’s public information outreach.
2013 KFU Convention: SaturdayNFU president Roger Johnson gives the Washington Update during KFU's annual convention.
2013 KFU Convention: FridayKFU members and Midwest Regional Agency insurance agents tour the beautifully renovated Kansas Capitol.