Will Kansas try once again to ease rules on important issue such
as CAFO’s and fracking? How will our tax system changes impact our state’s
services and rural communities and overall economy? Will we ever get a Farm
Bill out of Washington? And if we do, will it support sustainable
agriculture, conservation of resources, small farms and local and regional
2013 Key Issues
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KRC Policy Background
For over thirty years, Kansas Rural Center, a non-profit research, education and advocacy organization, has been educating and advocating for a diverse, sustainable, economically profitable Kansas agriculture.
Our work focuses not only on the producers of food and how it is produced, but also on consumers and the health, safety and availability of food to rural and urban, including low or limited income, citizens, alike. Our vision encompasses independent family farms, healthy rural communities, and a safe and healthy food supply for all, with increasing emphasis on local and regional food production supported by partnership between farmers and consumers.
The public policy issues we are most concerned with at the state and federal farm policy level are:
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: The Kansas Rural Center is a member of the National Sustainable Agriculture (NSAC), a nationwide alliance of farm, rural and conservation groups, that together advocate for federal policies and programs that support long-term economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources and rural communities. NSAC monitors and helps shape the debate and development of the next Farm Bill, and the implementation of Farm Bill programs, offering analysis and information via news releases, Action Alerts and other updates. NSAC Weekly Updates detailing developments are available at the NSAC website. KRC ‘s new Legislative and Policy Watch Project will work with NSAC to monitor federal farm bill issues, as well as monitor state legislative issues in Kansas. Work focuses not only on the producers of food and how it is produced, but also on consumers and the health, safety, and availability of food to rural and urban citizens alike. Our vision encompasses independent family farms, healthy rural communities, and a safe and healthy food supply, with increasing emphasis on local and regional food production supported by partnerships between farmers and consumers.
In 2006, the Kansas Rural Center developed, reviewed and approved a series of policy guidelines for KRC as we developed projects and made recommendations for public policy or responded to policy issues. These guidelines include:
You can read these guidelines here.
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