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Due to ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Kansas Grain and Feed Association is sadly forced to cancel its annual meeting scheduled for April 13 - 14 in Wichita. We will be providing full refunds to those who pre-registered and apologize for any inconvenience.Although we are canceling the in-person annual meeting, speakers and golf tournament, keep a close eye on your inboxes as we plan to hold a conference call on April 13 to provide our annual 'State of the Association' report to our membership. More information...

Due to ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Kansas Grain and Feed Association has canceled its upcoming CDL Exam Preparation schools scheduled for March 26 and April 16 in Manhattan and Hays respectively. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the association office by phone (785.234.0461) or by email (samantha@kansasag.org). ...

On Thursday evening, the Legislature wrapped up regular session business, adjourning nearly a full week before its regularly scheduled adjournment date as concerns of COVID-19 exposure continue to grow. This shortened session prevented final legislative action on many bills. However, the adjournment resolution is scheduled to bring the legislature back on Monday, April 27, and allow one final week of possible action on bills -- all of which is dependent on the broader COVID-19 pandemic. Legislature Passes Budget for fiscal years ’20 and ’21 On Thursday, March 19, following multiple rounds of...

Robert Wayne “Bob” Schoeff, age 98, a longtime Manhattan resident, died February 28, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Schoeff was a longtime supporter of Kansas Grain and Feed Association helping conduct grain grading schools for more than 30 years. He also won the Sunflower Award, the highest honor Kansas Grain and Feed Association bestows upon a member, in 1988. He was born September 15, 1921, in Huntington County, Indiana, the son of Christy L. and Isabel (Rice) Schoeff, and he grew up on a farm near Huntington. He worked his way through...

With daily news of COVID-19 marching across the country, and concerns of a shortened Kansas legislative session, the pace of legislative activity quickened this week. Committees in the House and Senate each passed out bills on the base budget and on the state’s next transportation plan. Though gone for the weekend, legislators will consider these measures when they return on Monday. Next week will bring more quick work during the final days of activity for non-exempt committees this session. Here are some of the highlights from this week: Committees Advance Budget Bills On...

Week 8 for the Kansas legislature was a short one with only two days of committee work on Wednesday and Thursday following the break for Turnaround (the mandatory movement of bills from non-exempt committees from their house of origin to the opposite chamber). Exempt bills include all those that have passed through certain committees, including House or Senate Taxation, House Appropriations/Senate Ways and Means, and House and Senate Federal and State Affairs. Next week’s calendar promises to be very busy again with committees having their say on bills passed by 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...

Kansas Grain and Feed Association is mourning the passing of Kevin Miles, President of Rolfes @ Boone. Kevin was a longtime supporter of the Kansas Agri Business Expo and Kansas Grain and Feed Association. A visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m., on Sunday, March 1st at Augustana Lutheran Church in Boone, Iowa. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. The funeral will be Monday at 10:30 a.m., also at Augustana, with the burial to follow and a luncheon to follow back at the church. Kevin's family has asked in lieu...

Bob was formerly of Krayn, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Forest Hills High School in Sidman, Pennsylvania in 1973. Bob moved to Kansas in 1974. He began his career in CO-OPS in September of 1974 and worked his entire career working for various cooperative grain companies in Kansas and Oklahoma. His passion for agriculture and the rural life was inherited from his father, James. On October 4, 2002, Bob married Marilyn Watters-Shuler at Johnson City. Bob retired from the Cooperative grain elevator in October 2011 but returned in June 2012 to Pride Ag Resources in Dodge City as CFO and finished his CO-OP career...

This week was “Turnaround” for the Kansas legislature, where all bills that are not otherwise exempt must be passed out of their chamber of origin in order to remain alive this year. The most heavily watched issue this week was a bill passed by the Senate allowing sports betting at the four state-owned casinos, and internet gaming on professional sports and college sports, and horse racing (but not greyhound dogs). Made lawful by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, the state’s 10 percent tax on these activities is estimated to...

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