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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. In accordance with the FMCSA's declaration under Title 49 C.F.R. § 390.23(a)(l)(i), Title 49 C.F.R §§ 390-399 are hereby suspended for motor carriers and persons operating commercial vehicles actively participating in COVID-19 relief or restoration efforts, except that 49 C.F.R. §§ 392.2, 392.3, 392.80, and 392.82 remain in...

Kansas Grain and Feed Association will conduct its 7B/4, fumigation & seed treatment, recertification program at Tony's Pizza Event Center (800 The Midway) in Salina on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. For the first time, attendees will have the option to recertify in-person or online via recorded Zoom sessions. Both in-person and online programs are slated to be FULL RECERTIFICATION programs, including the Core Hour, needed to recertify. On-site attendance includes meals and handouts for $140. In-person attendees must practice social distancing, wear masks in all common/gathering areas and be seated six feet apart. Attendees who wish to recertify remotely with...

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. On a vote of the members, the State Finance Council extended the Governor’s emergency disaster declaration for 30 days until October 15th, with additional language included stating that the Governor does not intend to close businesses. Without the extension of the emergency declaration, Kansas would lose access to federal CARES funding. Further extensions of the disaster declaration after October...

Kansas Grain and Feed Association has joined other industry stakeholders and signed onto efforts of supporting the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and appearing in opposition for H.R. 7940 / S. 4406. The proposed legislation undermines 70 years of regulatory advancement of pesticides based on best-available science. The letter cites FIFRA has been amended by Congress on several occasions to strengthen the regulatory standard for safety – most recently by the Food Quality Protection Act that added specific protections for infants and children among other things. FIFRA provides...

As we have reported previously, Kansas has some of the highest electric utility rates in our region. In order to make Kansas a more competitive state to operate your business, your Association joined with other stakeholders in pushing for legislation to lower those rates. Kansas public utilities have historically included in their rates, an amount to compensate them for the state corporate income taxes that they pay. In fact, while the utilities have collected those monies, they have not actually paid those taxes to the State for at least...

Jeffery D. (Jeff) Christensen, age 57, passed away early Sunday morning, August 30, 2020, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas. Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 from noon to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. Attendance at service will follow the guidelines set for social distancing to be maintained. This is for safety and the best interest of community health. The use of social media is encouraged in lieu of attending. For those that wish to take advantage of social media, please follow the following link. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk9UMlwOeJANqUA25BzAgBw He was born...

Due to ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the boards of directors for Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) jointly made the decision to cancel the 2020 Kansas Agri Business Expo scheduled for Nov. 18 – 19 at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita. The Expo, a jointly-coordinated venture between KGFA and KARA, is annually the largest indoor agribusiness tradeshow in the Midwest, drawing more than 1,100 attendees and 150 exhibitors. “We wish to be as respectful as possible to our...

Kansas Grain and Feed Association is proud to announce plans for its 7B/4, fumigation & seed treatment, to be held in EITHER Salina or Lindsborg on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. For the first time, attendees will have the option to recertify in-person or online via recorded Zoom sessions. Both in-person and online programs are slated to be FULL RECERTIFICATION programs, including the Core Hour, needed to recertify On-site attendance includes meals and handouts for $140. In-person attendees must practice social distancing, wear masks in all common/gathering areas and be seated six feet apart. Attendees who wish to recertify remotely with a reliable...

Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) is working with its national affiliate, National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) to promote harvest safety August 31 - September 4, 2020. "Safety is the No. 1 priority in our industry," KGFA President and CEO Ron Seeber said. "We never want to relax our safety procedures and by sharing these tips and techniques we hope to refresh everyone's knowledge and prevent any accidents from happening." KGFA will be posting videos, fact sheets and related messages on its website and social media pages throughout the week....

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. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the FDA website. Please register at your...

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