Kansas Farmers Union Focuses on Declines

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ What a difference a year makes.

That could sum up a discussion planned at the two-day Kansas Farmers Union convention starting Friday in Hutchinson.

Panelists will talk about how much has changed for Kansas farmers in just one season. Last year's convention centered on record grain prices and some of the best harvests in many years across Kansas.

In contrast, many farmers this season harvested a lower priced crop, produced with higher-priced inputs. Kansas Farmers Union President Donn Teske cited a 50 percent drop in grain prices. The group's first meeting took place in 1907 in Hutchinson.

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