Tom Giessel of rural Larned, longtime vice president of the Kansas Farmers Union, will be speak and lead a discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Gold Room at the Highland Hotel, 3017 10th St. Giessel has been asked to speak at the Barton County Progressives meeting about the plight of small family farms, BCP spokesman Christina Stein said.
"We have asked him to discuss what happened to all of the small family farms, and what can we do about it?" Stein said. "The number of farmers gets smaller and smaller, and the farms get bigger and bigger. Contrary to popular belief, this is not solely due to newfangled machinery. Public policy has driven small farmers off the land.
"It’s time to ‘raise less corn and more hell,’ as Kansas Populist lawyer Mary Ellen Lease said over a century ago." The public is invited to this free event.