For up-to-date information regarding news concerning agribusiness and COVID-19, please see the stories below.

Governor Laura Kelly extends relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations until Dec. 31

September 16, 2020

This week, Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive order No. 20-65, extending conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations. The rule is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2020 or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency extended by House Bill 2016 expires, whichever is earlier.

State Finance Council extends emergency declaration & Update from KDOT

September 11, 2020

On Friday, September 11, 2020, the State Finance Council met to consider Governor Kelly’s request to extend her COVID-19 related disaster declaration which is set to expire on Tuesday, September 15th.

Upcoming COVID-19 Webinar for Food Industry

August 25, 2020

The FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 from 2:30-3:30 pm EST to provide a COVID-19 update for food operations stakeholders. During the webinar, subject matter experts will highlight key aspects of the FDA/OSHA Employee Health and Food Safety Checklist for Human Food Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic, discuss the CDC testing strategy and its application, and provide an update on FDA inspections.

Kansas Dept. of Commerce Announces State Grant Program for Businesses Affected by COVID Pandemic

August 12, 2020

The Economic Development and Connectivity grant program is a new COVID response program that will use $60 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide grants to small businesses and nonprofits that have incurred losses greater than 25% of revenues during the COVID pandemic, among other eligible categories.
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Governor Laura Kelly issues Executive Order No. 20-57

July 15, 2020

This week, Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive order No. 20-57, extending conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations. The rule is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on August 14, 2020 or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency extended by House Bill 2016 expires, whichever is earlier.
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Governor Laura Kelly Issues Statewide Mask Mandate

June 29, 2020

Due to increasing COVID-19 cases, Governor Laura Kelly issued a statewide mask mandate at her press conference this afternoon in Topeka.

Governor Laura Kelly issues Executive Order No. 20-45

June 15, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday issued an executive order temporarily easing restrictions on over-the-road truckers involved in efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 PPE Distributors

June 02, 2020

Any KGFA members who were erroneously omitted from the previous list, or would like to be added for future reference, please contact the association office by phone (785.234.0461) or email (trae@kansasag.org) and we will work with your organization and the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture to ensure your business’ inclusion.
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RESCHEDULED: Elevator Safety & Maintenance Workshops

May 21, 2020

Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s postponed elevator safety and maintenance workshops have been rescheduled for August 12 – 14, 2020.
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Kansas Executive Order 20-33, Motor Carrier Extension – Expiring on June 14

May 18, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-33, maintaining the 10 percent weight waiver up to 90,000 lbs for trucks hauling essential goods and supplies expires on June 14, 2020.

Governor Kelly adds new phase to “Ad Astra” plan

May 14, 2020

This afternoon, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 20-31, which establishes a new phase to the “Ad Astra: Plan to Reopen Kansas.” The new “1.5” Phase, effective May 18, 2020, continues reopening efforts while preserving some data-driven restrictions necessary to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.

Webinar: COVID-19 and Workplace Safety with Eric J. Conn

May 12, 2020

Featuring Eric J. Conn, OSHA Practice Group Chair at Conn Maciel Carey, this webinar will break down the workplace safety implications of OSHA’s recently issued “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19,” which defines risk categories and provides recommendations on how to protect employees.

SBA to make loans specifically for agribusinesses

May 04, 2020

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs.

Governor Kelly details Plan to Re-Open Kansas

April 30, 2020

This evening, Governor Laura Kelly issued executive guidance on her six-week plan to re-open the state of Kansas amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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POSTPONED: Elevator Safety and Maintenance Workshops

April 29, 2020

Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s (KGFA) elevator safety and maintenance workshops originally scheduled for May 5 – 7 in Garden City, Wichita and Salina have been postponed due to ongoing attempts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19: SBA PPP Update & Gov. Kelly Plan to Reopen Kansas

April 28, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Agency (SBA) will begin taking loan applications today at 9:30 am for its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is expected early this week to release her plan to reopen the state as the COVID-19 begins to ease.

Congress Passes 4th COVID-19 Response Bill Thursday

April 24, 2020

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate’s vote on Tuesday to pass the fourth COVID-19 response bill aimed to shore up funding for small businesses hurt by the global pandemic.

KANSAS STATEHOUSE INSIDER – Legislature Pushes Back Date to Reconvene

April 22, 2020

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the Legislative Coordinating Council (LCC) of the Kansas Legislature met to discuss the possible reconvening of the legislature.

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NGFA: Important Message on Obtaining PPE in Response to COVID-19

April 21, 2020

For the past several weeks, we have been working intensely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the FEMA Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force to prioritize the needs of the food and agriculture sector for access to available personal protection equipment (PPE), as well as disinfectants and sanitation supplies, to protect the health and safety of employees within the sector and to retain consumer confidence.

FMCSA Releases Guidelines on CDL Renewals and Seasonal Drivers

April 21, 2020

Last week, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a set of answers to frequently asked questions regarding State Driver Licensing Agencies and commercial driver’s license holders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kansas Statehouse Insider – Interim Report

April 21, 2020

In March, the Legislature passed a budget for the remainder of fiscal year ’20 (through June 30) and for fiscal year 2021.

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USCIS Temporarily Amends Certain H-2A Requirements During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

April 17, 2020

On April 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security and USCIS will publish a temporary final rule to amend certain H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers avoid disruptions in lawful agricultural-related employment, protect the nation’s food supply chain, and lessen impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

Governor Kelly extends stay at home order to May 3

April 16, 2020

This evening, Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order #20-24 extending the statewide “stay home” set to expire April 19, to midnight May 3.

OSHA Releases Guidance Determining COVID-19 as a Recordable Illness

April 16, 2020

Last Friday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an enforcement guidance with details on how employers should record occupational illnesses, specifically cases of the COVID-19.

SBA Resources & Kansas Executive Order 20-22, Motor Carrier Extension

April 14, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly has issued Executive Order 20-22 which extends the previous Executive Order 20-09, which expired on April 12, 2020. The Order maintains the 10% weight wavier up to 90,000 lbs for trucks hauling essential goods and supplies.

OSHA Issues New Respirator Guidance

April 09, 2020

Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Update

April 02, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the CARES act, creating the Paycheck Protection Program under the Small Business Administration (SBA). This guaranteed loan program authorizes approximately $350 billion in forgivable loan funding for small business payroll (including 1099 employees) and other monthly expenses.

KDHE Air Permits During Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

March 30, 2020

During a weekly conference call with Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam (KDA) last Friday, a question was raised about annual air quality operating permits by the KS Dept. of Health and Environment (KDHE), and whether facilities could continue to operate if KDHE had not approved their annual permit due to reduced KDHE staffing from the Emergency Stay-At-Home Order.

Kansas Division of Vehicles Offering limited service CDL Appointments

March 30, 2020

Due to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) extensions, and in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kansas Division of Vehicles will offer on April 1, 2020 limited service to allow custom harvesters the opportunity to schedule appointments for CDL services. You can call today to schedule an appointment today.

Governor Issues Statewide “Stay At Home” Order … Kansas Agribusiness Exempt

March 28, 2020

At 11 a.m., today, Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order #20-16 establishing a statewide “stay home” order effective 12:01 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2020.

Congress Stimulus Package

March 27, 2020

The stimulus package passed by Congress contained a number of agriculture provisions to aid farmers and farm suppliers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Employee Documentation

March 27, 2020

Members can format for their own use for their employees to carry with them as they travel and work within a county that is under an Emergency Public Health Order.

FMCSA emergency actions

March 26, 2020

On Friday, March 13, President Trump declared a nationwide state of emergency on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and the national Coronavirus/COVID-19 emergency has caused some state agency offices and medical offices to close, making it difficult for commercial drivers to renew their licenses or receive medical certificates.

FMCSA Issues Waiver in Response to COVID-19

March 25, 2020

FMCSA has issued a waiver in response to COVID-19 outbreaks as several states are experiencing employee absences or have closed offices.

County “Stay at Home” Orders – Know What to Do

March 25, 2020

Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, at least 14 Kansas counties have issued emergency “stay at home” orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of these local orders defines, and exempts, “essential businesses.”

Governor’s Executive Order Does Apply Agriculture Products

March 24, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-09 (view by clicking the button below or HERE) allows a 10% weight waiver for motor carriers of essential services and food supplies. For our members’ clarification of the Executive Order, we requested clarification from the Kansas Highway Patrol if the waiver applies to the following:

COVID-19 County Emergency Public Health Order Update

March 24, 2020

Kansas Grain and Feed Association has partnered with Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association and the Kansas Cooperative Council to work on behalf of the agribusiness and shared cooperative industries during this uncertain time.

KGFA leads COVID-19 outreach effort to Governor’s office

March 23, 2020

Throughout this unprecedented time in our country, we have been working non-stop to ensure COVID-19 executive orders from Topeka do not impede on your ability to feed the world. In coordination with 15 agriculture-related organizations, known as the Kansas Agricultural Alliance, we spearheaded the effort to send the letter below to Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam this morning.

KDA: Continuity of Kansas Ag Industry Remains a Priority

March 18, 2020

Please find below a press release from the Kansas Department of Agriculture stressing the importance of our industry and the vital role you play in the state, national and international supply chain. Your association has been in close communication with our state and federal regulators since the onset of the COVID-19 game changer and have received insurances that robust agribusiness operations are vital to keep the country moving.

KGFA Annual Meeting has been CANCELED

March 17, 2020

Due to ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Kansas Grain and Feed Association is sadly forced to cancel its annual meeting scheduled for April 13 – 14 in Wichita.

Spring CDL Schools in Manhattan & Hays CANCELED

March 16, 2020

Due to ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Kansas Grain and Feed Association has canceled its upcoming CDL Exam Preparation schools scheduled for March 26 and April 16 in Manhattan and Hays respectively.

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