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The Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Division of Aviation will host a webinar, “Drones in Ag: Harvesting Drone Data to Improve Performance,” on Tuesday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m. The webinar is co-hosted by Kansas Farm Bureau and will feature two presentations – the first from Microsoft FarmBeats hardware researcher Zerina Kapetanovic detailing the FarmBeats system and the artificial intelligence challenges associated with agriculture, and the second from Kansas State University associate professor Ignacio Ciampitti on applications of UAVs in precision agriculture. It will also include a brief overview of the Kansas Unmanned...

Kansas Statehouse Insider, March 11  – March 15, 2019 Presented by: KFSA The pace continued to pick up as lawmakers churned through bills in the 2019 legislature’s ninth week of session. The Senate sent a major tax bill to Governor Laura Kelly, who also signed House Bill 2001, extending the sunset of the Kansas Ag Chemical Remediation program to 2030, into law on Thursday. Read below for highlights of the session’s ninth week and a look ahead of what’s still to come. Agricultural Chemical Remediation Reimbursement Program and Fund  On Thursday, Governor Laura Kelly signed...

Kansas Statehouse Insider, March 4  – March 8, 2019 Presented by: KFSA Week Eight of the 2019 Kansas legislative session was the first week following “turn-around.” The legislature gaveled back in on Wednesday morning and, although it was a short week, quickly set to work on some important issues. Please see below for a few highlights of the week’s activities, as well as bills being teed up for work this coming week. Corporate Tax Bill Passes House, Moves Back to Senate  On Friday, the House passed Senate Bill 22, as amended, on a vote of 76-43. The bill decouples...

Kansas Statehouse Insider, Feb. 25  – March 1, 2019 Presented by: KFSA The seventh week of the Kansas legislature – referred to as the “turn-around” week – all bills not been “blessed” by leadership must have made it out of the chamber of origin to remain viable for the year. For that reason, most of the previous week was dedicated to the House and Senate debating and voting on bills to send to the opposite chamber. The Legislature concluded its business on Thursday morning, and will resume hearings next Wednesday (March 6). Please...

Kansas Statehouse Insider, Feb. 18  – Feb. 22, 2019 Presented by: KFSA In week six, the Kansas Legislature considered bills on corporate tax rates, the high cost of Kansas utilities, liability coverage for vocational training, hazardous chemical spill notification and the KPERS retirement system. A detailed description of the session’s sixth week is compiled by your government affairs staff below. House Tax Committee Hears Bill on Corporate Taxation This week, the House Tax Committee received multiple days of testimony on Senate Bill 22. This bill would decouple the portions of the Kansas corporate tax code from the...

Kansas Statehouse Insider, Feb. 11  – Feb. 15, 2019 Presented by: KFSA Week five of the Kansas Legislature saw dozens of bills introduced, including transportation funding, action on Governor’s agenda items and scheduling of multiple hearings on bills addressing high utility costs in Kansas. House Committee to Consider Corporate Income Tax Bill  This Tuesday and Wednesday, the House Tax Committee will hold hearings on Senate Bill 22, a bill which returns revenue to individual and corporate taxpayers that the state otherwise expects to gain following changes to the federal tax code in the 2017 federal tax cuts...

Kansas Statehouse Insider, Feb. 4  – Feb. 8, 2019 Presented by: KFSA During the fourth week of the Legislature, the Senate passed a key tax bill, the House voted unanimously to pass a bill extending the sunset of the Kansas Ag Remediation program, and the Senate moved forward on a bill to transfer money into KPERS from the State General Fund. Find more details of the week’s activities, below: Senate Passes Important Tax Bill On Wednesday, Feb. 6, on a vote of 26-14, the Senate passed Senate Bill 22, a bill which returns revenue to individual and...

Kansas Statehouse Insider, Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, 2019 Presented by: KFSA The third week of the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session started on Monday, January 28. Things began to heat up at the Capitol, with lawmakers discussing a key tax bill. In addition to welcoming members to Topeka for our annual Legislative Action Day, your government affairs staff continued to monitor the happenings at the Statehouse affecting our industry. Legislative Action Day On Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, Kansas Grain and Feed Association welcomed nearly 100 of its members to Topeka over the lunch hour for...

The second week of the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 22, following the observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Lawmakers continued to ease back into the swing of things, with many informational briefings taking place in committee meetings throughout the shorter-than-usual week. Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s government affairs staff continued to monitor the happenings at the Statehouse affecting our industry. Agricultural Chemical Remediation Reimbursement Program and Fund On Wednesday, Kansas Grain and Feed Association testified before the House Committee on Agriculture in support of House Bill 2001, a bill which would extend the sunset of the...

Kansas Statehouse Insider, Jan. 14 – Jan. 18, 2019 Presented by: KFSA It was a ceremonious first week for the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session as newly-elected Governor Laura Kelly was sworn in on Monday, beginning a new era of executive branch leadership. For the most part there were no heavy-hitting pieces of legislation proposed in the session’s first week as most lawmakers eased back into the swing of a six-month life in Topeka. Despite a rather slow week, Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s government affairs staff monitored the happenings at the Statehouse and...

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