The Kansas National Farmers Organization held its 38th state meeting, in Garden Plain.
Presiding was President Harold Walker. After committees, resolutions and national directors reports, Pete Lorenz discussed a new grain entity. Kansas NFO was awarded a grant this summer to investigate the advantages of forming another grain marketing entity. A business plan is being formulated.
The planning committee presented an overview of the "next generation" entity they are forming and talked about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunity and threats that face this project and group marketing programs for independent farmers.
The luncheon speaker was Leonard Vandenburg. He was born in the Netherlands. He is a dairy farmer, from California, and recently was elected vice president of NFO. He is a dynamic and passionate advocate for rural communities and people.
The afternoon was devoted to panel discussions. The first panel was moderated by Oren Holle. A producer story: Starting your own milk bottling plant, the story of Morning Glory Dairy, at Erie, owned by Roger Daniels. Following was a discussion of organic dairying. Panel members were Daniels and Ed Reznicek. Both are organic producers.
The next panel, moderated by Greg Stephens, was entitled "Selling Cull Cows." It was an overview of the popular program and how Wichita-area producers can use it. The panel consisted of Ray Hallauer, Holton; Myron Runft, Belleville; Elmer Buessing, Seneca; and Alan Jones, Mound Valley.
The last panel was moderated by Lorenz: entitled, "What's Happening." The panel included: Terry Vinduska, Marion, corn commission; Dan Thiemesch, state representative; and Ivan Wyatt, Kansas Farmers Union. It was a discussion that focused on events that impact grain markets and the pocketbooks of independent farmers.