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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 09, 2020
The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued new enforcement guidance on the use of respiratory protection equipment certified under international standards or other jurisdictions during the coronavirus disease pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.