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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. The new Order expires on May 15, 2020, or until the statewide state of disaster emergency on COVID-19 expires. Governor Laura Kelly's Executive Order 20-22 (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...

This letter is to inform you that effective July 1, 2020, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have approximately $9 million available through the State Rail Service Improvement Fund (SRSIF) for railroad improvement projects. Qualified entities that may submit an application include: any Class III (short line) railroad, as defined in 49 C.F.R., part 1201 holding a certificate of public convenience from the Surface Transportation Board; port authority (established by Kansas Statute) in coordination with the serving railroad (short line or Class 1); local units of government (city or county) in coordination with the serving railroad (short line...

Due to cancellation of the in-person 2020 Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) annual meeting over concerns with the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), KGFA held its 2020 annual meeting via conference call on April 13 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Chairwoman Deb Miller (Stockton Farmers Union Mercantile and Shipping Association), Nominating Committee Chair and Immediate Past Chairman Glen Hofbauer (The Scoular Company) and President and CEO Ron Seeber administered the KGFA annual business meeting obligations and provided KGFA’s annual ‘State of the Association’ report. Minutes from the meeting are below. KGFA Annual Meeting MinutesMonday,...

Kansas Grain and Feed Association is working with National Grain and Feed Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to publicize a major safety outreach effort – the “Stand Up for Grain Safety Week” – from April 13-17, 2020, to help raise awareness about grain handling and storage hazards and ways to prevent them, provide education and training, and convey safety best practices.Throughout the week, members may participate by providing a focused activity and/or toolbox talk for employees on any hazard-prevention measure. Featured topics that NGFA and...

In observance of Good Friday, tomorrow April 10, Kansas Grain and Feed Association's (KGFA) office in Topeka will be closed. KGFA staff will be monitoring phone calls. Should you need to contact a member of the staff in the event of an emergency, or if it is a time-sensitive issue, please call the association office (785.234.0461) and follow the directions on the phone system to reach a staff member. We thank you for your membership and hope you have a great weekend. ...

Courtesy: American Feed Industry Association The American Feed Industry Association is a not-for-profit organization that represents the feed industry in industry-wide events, national and state legislation, etc. 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. OSHA’s memorandum provides additional interim guidance to compliance safety and health officers for enforcing the Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR § 1910.134) and certain other health standards, with regard to supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering face-piece respirators (FFRs)....

Consistent with Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-13, the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State has extended the deadline for businesses to file annual reports for 2019. The extended deadline is now July 15, 2020. As a friendly reminder, many business filings can be made online at sos.kansas.gov. In addition to annual reports, online filings include apostille or authentication of documents, business formation documents for corporations, LLCs and domestic limited partnerships, registered agent or registered office changes, business dissolution or cancellations, and certificate of good standing requests. You can also submit documents...

As mentioned in a previous email, due to cancellation of the in-person 2020 Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) annual meeting over concerns with the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), KGFA will be holding its 2020 annual meeting via conference call on April 13 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Chairwoman Deb Miller (Stockton Farmers Union Mercantile and Shipping Association), Nominating Committee Chair and Immediate Past Chairman Glen Hofbauer (The Scoular Company) and President and CEO Ron Seeber will administer the KGFA annual business meeting obligations and provide KGFA's annual 'State of the Association' report. Information on joining the call and the proposed ballot...

In a press conference broadcast on Facebook Live, Governor Laura Kelly announced the signing of House Substitute for Senate Bill 173, enacting the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, Friday afternoon. The bill, much debated in conference committees during the legislative session, sets forth the state's next 10-year transportation plan. Of special interest to Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA), the plan includes a new $15 million, three-year, 70/30 cost-share grant program for improvements to short line rail and rail siding owned or leased by industry. "We applaud the Governor and the...

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. Under this program: Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount.Loan payments will be deferred for six months.If you maintain your workforce, the SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that...

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