Our Advocacy Mission
Kansas Farm Bureau is and will remain the Voice of Agriculture to the legislature, Congress and the general public. We will educate when needed, protect when challenged and fight for our members to strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.
Farm Bureau Policy
- KFB Policy Development Handbook (PDF)
- 2024 KFB policy (PDF)
- 2024 AFBF policy (PDF)
- 2023 Farm Bill Resources
- Upcoming Webinars
- There are no upcoming webinars
- Past Webinar Recordings
KFB 2024 LEAD Trip
The 2024 Leaders Engaged and Acting in D.C. (LEAD) trip is Feb. 26-29. It's a great opportunity for county board members from around the state to bring their families to Washington D.C., experience our nation’s capital and see Farm Bureau policy in action at the federal level.
When do we market Kansas crops?
The first step in marketing should always be to develop a plan, which I like to define as a proactive strategy to price your crop before, at and/or after harvest. A marketing plan should consider your financial goals, cash flow, storage capacity, crop insurance, labor, anticipated production, appetite for risk and price outlook, with an overarching objective of managing your price risk throughout.
Livestock Risk Protection
Have you looked at the improved Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) policy lately? Judging by the numbers of animals insured withLRP, from its inception in 2003 through 2020, the LRP policy was arguably less than adequate. However, with the passing of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, several improvements were made. While it takes time to go from law to regulation, coupled with a COVID-19-slowed rollout, the number of livestock enrolled has increased exponentially over the last couple of years.
Day at the Statehouse
Farm Bureau members in Kansas are encouraged to register for Day at the Statehouse (DAS) where farmers and ranchers learn about legislative issues, advocate policy with lawmakers and engage in valuable conversations to be the Voice of Agriculture.
Pinpointing Policy: Reference Prices Will be Increasing, But is it Enough?
A farm bill issue often discussed by members over the last year or so are reference prices. Essentially, Farm Bureau policy is that we want them increased. But in the 2018 farm bill, Congress added an effective reference price calculation to the PLC program which provides a mechanism to temporarily increase the reference price when marketing year average prices are high enough for multiple years. These reference price increases will finally begin with the 2024 crop year. Self-adjusting, effective reference price calculations fall in line with Farm Bureau support for a consistent, long-term, market-oriented farm policy, but will these upcoming temporary increases be enough?
Pinpointing Policy: Crop Insurance
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) programs and insurance policies are a vital and growing part of the safety net for Kansas farmers and ranchers. RMA data shows that between 87-100 percent of our state’s primary crops, such as wheat, corn, grain sorghum and soybeans are insured each year. Additionally, these programs and policies are extensively included in Farm Bureau policy. Members are encouraged to review KFB’s current policy to ensure its focus is on the key issues impacting their farms.