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Farmers and ranchers finish business at annual meeting in Manhattan
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More than 400 Farm Bureau members of Kansas wrapped up importance business for their farm organization after debating and adopting policy statements for 2013. These policies will now become the roadmap for the organization during the upcoming legislative session.
Topics of discussion at the 94th Annual Kansas Farm Bureau Meeting included aflatoxins, hay and forage standards, animal care, school lunch programs and the Kansas Water plan.
Ottawa County grain farmer Steve Baccus was reelected as president of the organization. Others reelected to the board of directors include: George Pretz, Miami County, representing KFB’s 2nd District; Bob Voegele, Cowley County, representing KFB’s 4th District; Jerry McReynolds, Rooks County, representing KFB’s 6th District; Joe Jury, Gray County, representing KFB’s 8th District; Linda Franklin, Sherman County, representing KFB’s 10th District
On Dec. 4, more than 1,000 attendees enjoyed a sneak peek of the Peterson Farm Brothers newest parody video, “Farmer Style” before it was released on YouTube. Greg and Nathan Peterson from Assaria, were recognized for their service to agriculture with the Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture Promotion and Education from the state’s largest farm organization.
In his message to attendees, President Baccus set the stage for challenges from Congress and regulators in the upcoming year, related first-hand accounts of world hunger, and encouraged members to continue fighting for agriculture and it’s rich history.
Other activities included a host of agriculture-related workshops and awards, presented by national experts and Kansas Farm Bureau staff.
Kansas Farm Bureau represents grassroots agriculture. Established in 1919, this non-profit advocacy organization supports farm families who earn their living in a changing industry.