Nebraskans attend National Farmers Union Convention in Kansas City, Missouri

Twenty-three Nebraska Farmers Union members attended the recent National Farmers Union Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The six delegates representing Nebraska were Jim Knopik, Belgrade; Graham Christensen, Omaha; Bill Armbrust, Elkhorn; Art Tanderup, Neligh; Mina Davis, Omaha; and NeFU President John Hansen. NeFU Vice President Vern Jantzen of Plymouth served as chairman of the National Farmers Union Policy Committee. NeFU District 3 Director David Mohlman and son Sean of Red Cloud also attended.

Four Midwest Agency LLP agency leaders attended, including General Manager Jeffrey Downing of Elkhorn, Production and Marketing Manager Terry Kirby of Central City, District Manager Kevin Herrold and Financial Services Manager Kevin Harrington of Lincoln.

NeFU members Nathan Deke of DeWitt, Megan Montrie of Omaha, and Karen Hansen, NeFU Office Manager Camdyn, Samantha, Marcus and Oliver Kavan, and Jeremiah, Kate and Clara Picard all of Lincoln also attended.

NeFU President John Hansen said, “Because Kansas City, Missouri, is within easy driving distance, many of our members took advantage of the opportunity to attend. This is the largest Nebraska delegation to attend a national convention since 2012 when the NFU convention was in Omaha. The more of our members who attend state and national conventions, the better it is. They deepen their knowledge of issues, broaden their perspectives and meet people from different locations who share their values and commitment to family farm agriculture.”

In addition to updating NFU’s policy, the 194 delegates from 33 states approved 9 Special Orders of Business including Family Farming and Cooperatives; Family Farming and Crop Insurance Enhancement; Family Farming and Dairy; Family Farming and E30; Family Farming and Farm Bills; Family Farming and Immigration; Family Farming and Leading the Way on Climate Change; Family Farming and Livestock Production; and Family Farming and Trade Policy.

Full text of the adopted policy manual will be available soon at

Nebraska Farmers Union is a general farm organization with 3,400 farm and ranch family members dedicated to protecting and enhancing the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers, and their rural communities. Since 1913, Nebraska Farmers Union has helped organize over 445 cooperatives.