Tom Farney cuts a test from a wheat field on Farney Farms near Hazelton, Kan., Wednesday, June 18, 2008. The test cut is taken to the local coop to check the moisture content. When the wheat is dry enough, harvest begins. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - More than 1,000 Farm Bureau members in Kansas have gathered in Manhattan this week for the organization’s 95th Annual Meeting.
During the banquet, Senator Pat Roberts addressed the audience with a keynote speech focused on the past, present, and future state of agriculture, as well as touching on the current state of the pending Farm Bill.
"Well the conferees working on the Farm Bill are still meeting," said Mary Kay Thatcher, Senior Director of Congressional Relations."It’s taken a little longer than we wished, but their still is time. I’m not sure if we’ll finish it by the end of this year, but I am still confident that by the 15th of January we can finish this Farm Bill. We can possibly put it in the Budget Bill that has to pass by the 15th of January or else we have another government shutdown. So, I still think there is a real opportunity. We have been at it three years and I think most people think that’s long enough."
The meeting also featured cutting-edge workshops, discussion of important public policy issues and a one-day meeting tailored to county Farm Bureaus.
The meeting will wrap up Wednesday, with more than 400 voting delegates on hand to debate and adopt policy statements for 2014.