Mary Fund
Kansas Rural Center 

Sign Up for the 2012 Weekly E-Updates

   The Updates are free (and available to any contributor to KRC) but if you are not already a contributor to KRC, we humbly ask for a $20 donation to help support the program.

   Four issues will be sent in January before the registration is closed.

Services Include:

* Weekly E-Updates January-May 2012.     Registered as a lobbyist for KRC, Paul Johnson will produce weekly e-reports,  tracking bills and issues related to farm and food policy. He will monitor state budget issues,  state agriculture department activities, programs impacting water conservation and quality, and food safety, labeling,  processing and marketing.

* Teleconference Calls on Critical issues. On an as needed basis, KRC will schedule up to four  conference calls to alert recipients to critical and time sensistive issues. The conference calls will be free to participants, and the call-in information will be provided via e-mail.

* Federal Farm Bill Updates-  As the 2012 federal farm bill develops, KRC will provide information on key issues and programs through the Weekly E-Updates January-May, and as needed the remainder of the year.

How To Sign Up

To sign up click on the Register Now link below. Once you click the link, you will be taken to the KRC Legislative and Policy Watch Program Registration Form.  This will allow you to  register for the E-Updates

It  also  allows you the opportunity make a voluntary contribution in one of two ways:

1) Use a credit card or PayPal account to pay online,or, 2) Print out the registration confirmation e-mail and mail it along with your check to the KRC address on the form.


Kansas Rural Center's

2012 Legislative and Policy Watch Program : Sign Up for Weekly E-Updates       

by clicking the box below.

   Starting January 7, 2012, the Kansas Rural Center will offer Weekly E-Reports and Updates during the State of Kansas Legislative Session (through May) and alerts on the development of the 2012 Federal Farm Bill throughout the year.  For a second year, Paul Johnson, farmer and former lobbyist for a consortium of church groups, will staff the state effort, and KRC staff will provide the Farm Bill updates with help from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

   With continuing state budget woes  as Governor Brownback and his administration enter their second year, KRC will monitor the state legislature for decisions affecting a diversified agriculture and the health of our rural and urban communities, our natural resources and environment, food safety and marketing, and a local/regional food and farm system.  KRC will provide Weekly E-Updates with  information and analysis on key issues,   list dates and times of critical hearings, and offer coverage and analysis of testimony and key decisions-- allowing you the opportunity to weigh in on the issues impacting you, your family, community, and your future.

    2012 Key Issues. In 2012 key issues promise to once more be the budget including the school finance formula, tax policy, state employee retirement funds, and privatizing the Medicaid program.  Immigration reform also promises to put Kansas in the national spotlight as legislation similar to that in Arizona/Alabama may be introduced. 

     The Kansas Department of Agriculture will also tackle the existing "use it or lose it" law and other conservation measures to address depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer, as well as food processing and distribution laws, and food service facility licencing and inspections. KRC will also monitor budgeting  and reprots from the land grant university and other institutions, and keep an eye out for emerging rural, food and farm issues. KRC will send out four issues of the Weekly Update during January before we close the registration, so you will be able to sample the Updates and determine your interest.

   KRC's Legislative and Policy Watch Project is possible due to a bequest from Jan Garton, Manhattan, who died in 2009, and left KRC a generous gift. While these funds help support the effort, we do appreciate contributions toward the project! 


   To sign up, click on the Register Now link below.  Once you click the link, you will be taken to the KRC Legislative and Policy Watch Program Registration Form. This will allow you to sign up for the Weekly E-Updates.

    The Weekly Updates are available for free but you must register!  The registration form also offers the opportunity to make a conribution toward supporting the program. You can make a contribution in one of two ways:

1) Use a credit card or PayPal account to pay online, or

2) Print out the Registration form and mail it along with your check to the KRC office at the address on the form.


Register Now! Thank you for your interest and your support!  If you have any questions about the Legislative and Policy Watch Program, please contact us at 785-873-3431, or at

Mary Fund,  Kansas Rural Center