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The Kansas Grain and Feed Association board of directors approved the association's 2021 legislative and regulatory policy guide on August 10. The KGFA Policy Guide contains the policy and position statements of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association relating to state and federal legislative and regulatory issues. It is intended to serve as a general reference for Association members, legislators, and other state officials. The policy guide is reviewed and update annually by the KGFA Legislative Committee and approved by the KGFA Board of Directors. SEE THE GUIDE ...

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. The program is being administered by the state's Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) task force and the Kansas Dept. of Commerce. KGFA will provide more information as soon as it is available. On Monday, August 10, the State Finance Council had approved $50 million...

Kansas Grain and Feed Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Gantz of D.E. Bondurant Grain Company in Ness City. Gantz served as chairman (president) of the association from 1962-64 and was on the board of directors from 1959 - 1964. Gantz also won the Sunflower Award, the highest honor KGFA bestows upon a member in 2007. The speech read for Gantz' Sunflower Award presentation is below. KGFA will distribute the full obituary and memorial arrangements as soon as they are available. Robert Gantz made his contribution of service to KGFA...

National Grain and Feed Association is busy tracking the next round of COVID Response legislation and pursuing NGFA priorities (liability protection, tax incentives for front line workers, infrastructure, etc). On a parallel track the NGFA is also actively influencing two bills that have a chance of becoming law this year (Grain Standards Act Reauth and WRDA). Learn more about each piece of legislation and use the buttons below to tell Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Grain Standards Act before it expires on Sept. 30, as well as share NGFA's waterways infrastructure priorities for the Water Resources Development Act. Urge Your...

Robert Lee “Bob” Read, former owner of Cherryvale Grain Co., Cherryvale, KS, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2020. Bob was born in Cherryvale, KS on February 26, 1926 to Lewis F and Luella Mae (Hugo) Read. Upon graduation from Cherryvale High School in 1944 he entered the U.S. Army. In 1946 he returned to Cherryvale and started working for Cherryvale Grain, which he purchased in 1959 and sold in 1995, retiring to Grove, OK. Read served as KGFA's chairman (president) from 1981-82. He married Eudora Fay Carson on March 14, 1947 in Cherryvale. To this union was born...

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. 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...

This week, Governor Kelly issued Drought Declarations for Kansas counties with Executive Order #20-54.  The declaration includes 74 out of 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status. “Unfortunately, the majority of the state of Kansas has been considered in drought or abnormally dry conditions for the past several weeks, which has led to high risk of fire hazard,” said Governor Kelly. “This declaration will allow affected communities to access the water they need. I encourage Kansans to continue to be mindful of drought conditions, and work to minimize...

As announced on Monday, Governor Laura Kelly has signed Executive Order No. 20-52 requiring face masks to be worn in public. Each Kansas county has the authority to revoke the order. "Today I issued an Executive Order requiring that most Kansans wear a mask while in public spaces, and in places where one is unable to maintain social distancing of six feet," Kelly said. "Wearing a mask is the easiest, most basic step we can take to keep Kansans healthy and keep Kansas open for business." Effective 12:01 a.m., on Friday, July 3, 2020,...

This legislative session, Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) received input from its membership to improve infrastructure and business viability in rural communities. KGFA's government affairs team successfully lobbied for passage of the short line rail improvement fund's (SLRIF) inclusion into the Eisenhower Transportation Plan. This program will provide grant opportunities for short line railroads and shippers located on or adjacent to short line railroads operating in Kansas.  Your association is proud to work on your behalf and provide a positive return on your membership investment. The application and webinar registration for Kansas Department of Transportation's launch of...

Due to increasing COVID-19 cases, Governor Laura Kelly issued a statewide mask mandate at her press conference this afternoon in Topeka. "Beginning 12:01 a.m., July 3, 2020 every Kansan in a public space must wear a mask," Kelly said. "This doesn't change where you can go or what you can do, but if you are around other people, you must wear a mask." "...

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