In celebration of its 20 years of working with rural Kansans, the Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services is hosting a series of Farm Fairs, featuring resources useful to producers and their families.
The first Farm Fair is set for April 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Holton, at the 4-H Building on the Jackson County Fairgrounds. The event is free and open to the public.
In keeping with KAMS' 20th anniversary, more than 20 federal, state and local organizations and agencies will have displays and representatives available to provide information and help answer questions.
As part of the fair, economist Rodney Jones, a farm management specialist with Kansas State University, will also give a 7:30 p.m. presentation on "Tools for Family Farm Transition."
Some of the agencies and organizations participating in the Farm Fair include: Kansas Weather Data Library and the Kansas Extension Disaster Education Network (KansasEDEN), Kansas Highway Patrol (transportation regulations), Department of Commerce (agri-tourism), Kansas PRIDE communities, Kansas Legal Service (legal assistance), Kansas Farm Bureau, K-State Farm Analyst Program (financial considerations), Kansas watershed specialists, Northeast Kansas Community Action Program (NEK-CAP), AgrAbility (farming with disabilities), Kansas Farmers Union, Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services, Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging; and the Holton Community Hospital (health checks).
"This is an opportunity for producers and their families to discover the resources available to them," said Char Henton, KAMS mediation coordinator.
Co-sponsoring the Farm Fair in Holton are the K-State Research and Extension offices in Atchison, Brown and Doniphan counties and in the Meadowlark Extension District (Jackson, Jefferson and Nemaha counties).
KAMS, administered by K-State Research and Extension, offers information, referral and dispute resolution services to Kansas farmers, ranchers, agricultural lenders, and U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies. More information about KAMS is available on the Web at www.oznet.ksu.edu/kams/.
Information about KAMS and/or the other Farm Fairs upcoming around the state is available by calling 1-800-321-FARM or 785-532-6958.