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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...

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...

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