Agriculture, cooperative history presentation to be held Sept 5

28 08 2012

McPHERSON, KAN.- August 28, 2012 – Over the summer Kansas State University student Syndee Adams has been working for Kansas Farmers Union and Ogallala Commons to preserve Kansas’ agriculture and cooperative history. On Sept. 5 she will give a public presentation at the Manhattan Public Library on what she discovered.

“My project is not only important to the community but to the whole state of Kansas and the Farmers Union!” Sydnee Adams said. “My project shows how Farmland Industries grain sides evolved from the Kansas Farmers Union. Basically, it will be showing the history of the agriculture industry in Kansas!”

Kansas Farmers Union President Donn Teske found the collection (106 boxes from Farmland Industries headquarters in Kansas City) at the Hale Library on K-State’s campus after Farmland Industries donated it.

“Ever wondered how Farmland Industries evolved into the giant Co-op it became? Wonder
what happened to Far-Mar-Co? How is Kansas Farmers Union involved in the roots of
Farmland? Then come join us in Manhattan,” Teske said. “There will be fascinating information and lot’s of really neat photos and history of Kansas agriculture as it evolved since 1917. A teaser: In the first box we found the original minutes of the first meeting when 37 members of Kansas Farmers Union formed the “Kansas Farmers Union Jobbing Association’.”

The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held on Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. at the Manhattan Public Library. For more information on Adams’ internship visit For more information about this event and others, visit




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