Kansas Farmers Union members participate in adopting National Farmers Union policy at annual convention

23 03 2011

McPHERSON—Kansas Farmers Union’s (KFU) five voting delegates were among 500 Farmers Union members from across the country who gathered in San Antonio, Texas for the National Farmers Union annual convention.

KFU’s five delegates were President Donn Teske of Wheaton, Vice President Daryl Larson of McPherson, Tom Giessel of Larned, Nick Levendofsky of Republic and Chris Schmidt of Oberlin. KFU members who attended the conference include Communications Specialist Lauren DeMott of Windom, Val Larson of McPherson, Sherri Schmidt of Oberlin, Kathy Teske of Wheaton, Stephanie Teske of Hays, Lisa and Brandon Spevacek of Harper and Don and Geneva Turnquist of Lindsborg.

Farmers Union is a grassroots organization, which means the policy lobbied for in Washington DC is directly determined by the members. KFU’s five delegates were elected by the membership at the KFU convention in December, along with KFU policy.

Farmers Union delegates added several Special Orders of Business, which called on the U.S. Congress to take action on several important issues.

To include a strong safety net in the 2012 Farm Bill and to write the bill before the close of the 112th Congress. To investigate the historically wide agricultural commodity basis levels and to designate an agency to be responsible for the oversight and regulation of basis.

To enact comprehensive energy legislation and greater investment in infrastructure capacity to deliver renewable energy to consumers. To resolve outstanding biotech concerns in a timely fashion.

Farmers Union delegates also passed Special Orders of Business opposing the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and supporting the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule.

For more information about the National Farmers Union Convention and Kansas Farmers Union visit kansasfarmersunion.org.

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