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Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s (KGFA) scholarship committee met over conference call at the association’s 124th Annual Meeting in early April and awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships to Kansas high school graduating seniors for the 2020-21 academic year.  The scholarship committee, comprised of KGFA’s membership, received more than 180 applications and awarded 19 students scholarships to assist in advancing their academic endeavors. “We are very proud of the KGFA scholarship program that has helped so many people throughout the state for so many years,” KGFA’s president and CEO Ron Seeber said. “The association, its board and members take tremendous pride each spring...

Kansas Grain and Feed Association goes in-depth explaining the thought process behind the creation of the refreshed logo in the video below. [embed width="880" height="440"]https://youtu.be/0wiixvFlRks[/embed] Following more than a year of conceptualizing, planning, sketching and revisions Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) has raised the curtain on its newly redesigned logo. KGFA began evolving its external facing presence nearly three years ago by rebuilding its database and accompanying website, launching a mobile app and now, refreshing its logo. “In today’s business world our digital platforms, including our logo, act as our association’s...

On May 6, the Legislative Coordinating Council voted to reconvene the Kansas Legislature on Thursday, May 21st at a time to be determined. May 21st was the pre-scheduled date for sine die adjournment – the final day of the 2020 legislative session. While the full legislature will not meet until May 21st, House and Senate leadership may yet approve meetings by certain committees (budget, tax, etc.) for consideration of bills. A motion by Senate leadership to return a few days before the 21st to conduct additional business fell by a vote of...

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal will reopen today as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, signed into law by the President one week ago, provided additional funding for farmers and ranchers and certain other agricultural businesses affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “For more than 30 years, SBA has been prohibited by law from providing disaster assistance to agricultural businesses; however, as a...

Gary Bothwell, Oct. 3, 1931 - May 1, 2020 Gary Mitchell Bothwell, 88, Topeka, Kansas, died peacefully on May 1, 2020. Gary was born on October 3, 1931, in Marysville, Kansas. He was the youngest child and only son of James and Gladys Mitchell Bothwell. He was nicknamed “Angel” by his two, doting older sisters. He grew up in Marysville during the Great Depression. Bothwell was a recipient of the Sunflower Award, the highest honor KGFA bestows upon a member, in 2000. Gary Mitchell Bothwell, 88, Topeka, Kansas, died peacefully on May 1,...

This evening, Governor Laura Kelly issued executive guidance on her six-week plan to re-open the state of Kansas amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan begins with Monday's expiration of her statewide stay-at-home order. The four-phase plan includes rapid, wide-scale testing capabilities to identify who has been infected before they unknowingly spread the disease. The state plans to recruit and train 400 new workers for a robust contact tracing program. Each phase of the plan, outlined below, would last a minimum of 14 days but could be extended by the state if the virus unexpectedly spreads. The second phase would begin May 18 and...

Kansas Grain and Feed Association's (KGFA) elevator safety and maintenance workshops originally scheduled for May 5 - 7 in Garden City, Wichita and Salina have been postponed due to ongoing attempts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. KGFA is coordinating with speakers and venues to reschedule the three workshops and will provide the new dates as soon as they are available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Samantha Tenpenny by email (samantha@kansasag.org) or by phone (785.234.0461). This communication is meant for Kansas Grain and Feed...

SBA PPP Accepting & Limiting Loan Applications The U.S. Small Business Agency (SBA) will begin taking loan applications today at 9:30 am for its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Click here to read why the SBA is limiting how much in loans a lender can process. Click here to read what you need to know about the PPP's second round. Governor Kelly Expected to Release Plan to Re-open Kansas Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is expected early this week to release her plan to reopen the state as the COVID-19 begins to ease. Click here to...

The state Supreme Court of Iowa recently published a ruling on MidwestOne Bank v. Heartland Co-op, where a bank (MidwestOne) maintained a prior perfected security interest in a financially distressed farmer’s grain that was stored at the grain elevator (Heartland Co-op). Upon the sale of the grain, the elevator withheld part of the proceeds for its drying and storage services. Neither the elevator nor the farmer notified the bank of the deductions. The bank then sued the elevator on a conversion action for the amount of the withheld deductions, arguing that the elevator’s withholding of the proceeds violated the bank’s...

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate's vote on Tuesday to pass the fourth COVID-19 response bill aimed to shore up funding for small businesses hurt by the global pandemic. This relief package included funding for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans, as well as for hospitals and testing. Here is the complete breakdown: Total cost: $484.352 billion$311 billion for small businesses$60 billion for emergency disaster funds for small businesses$75 billion for hospitals$25 billion for testing The latest COVID-19 response bill includes the following language supporting States to provide testing to employers: “Of the amount appropriated under this...

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