Starting January 2012, the Kansas Rural Center will sponsor year two of its Legislative and Policy Watch Project. With this project, KRC will offer Weekly E-Reports during the State of Kansas Legislative Session, and updates and alerts on the development of the 2012 federal farm bill throughout the year. Paul Johnson, Perry, Ks., farmer and former lobbyist for a consortium of church groups, will be staffing this effort. With state budget woes continuing and Governor Brownback and his cabinet team in their second year, KRC will monitor the state legislature for decisions affecting a diversified agriculture, the environment, our natural resource base, and consumers, as well as to promote a local and regional food system.
You may register to receive the weekly E-Reports on this web page.
KRCís Legislative and Policy Watch Project seeks to:
Ensure that family farmers and small processors are not regulated out of business
Ensure an alternative voice in the defining of sustainability and policies affecting family farmers, food policy, and consumers
The project is possible due to a bequest from Jan Garton, Manhattan, who died in 2009, and left KRC a generous gift. These project services include:
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 Ďs 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.
KRC Policy Guidelines
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.
2012 Farm Bill Advocacy
KRCís positions and priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill are
currently under development.
information on the Kansas Rural Center and farm and food policy,
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