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For at least the last decade, county appraisers across the state have classified grain elevator machinery and equipment as taxable fixtures to the real property. This classification, which was inconsistent with Kansas law, greatly increased the tax burden on our industry. Following the release of a Kansas Appellate Court decision last Friday, however, this might now be changed to the industry’s benefit. In 2005, to promote and stimulate new investments in commercial and industrial machinery and equipment in the state, and to encourage economic expansion and job growth, the Kansas legislature passed...

Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA), jointly with the Kansas Cooperative Council, has submitted comments to Kansas Dept. of Agriculture in advance of a July 22, 2022 public hearing to consider adoption of proposed regulations governing the administration of the Kansas Grain Warehouse Law. Staff members from KGFA will be present in-person at the scheduled 1:00 p.m., public hearing to address any questions or concerns. The hearing will be held in person at the Kansas Department of Agriculture at 1320 Research Park Dr. in Manhattan, as well as via video conferencing system. KDA is proposing new regulations, amendments to existing...

The Kansas Department of Commerce is hosting an apprenticeship champion training on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Garden City Community College. The goal of the program is to build and grow Registered Apprenticeship in Kansas. Learn more about the basics of Registered Apprenticeship, its History, Hallmarks, and develop a Sales Strategy. Registration capabilities and more information are available via the button below. LEARN MORE ...

CONVEY’22 is a unique opportunity for grain handling employees and leaders to gain practical knowledge and training on real-world compliance issues, best practices and emerging industry trends and will feature expert speakers covering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) rules and regulations. In addition to sessions on OSHA and FDA inspections, operations best practices and grain quality management, the conference offers training focused on behavioral safety and incident management as well as safe driver training and development. This is...

Mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks. As a result, many older cell phones and other mobile devices will be unable to use data services. This may impact motor carriers if their ELDs rely on a 3G network to record hours of service (HOS) data and transfer it to a safety official. The first announced 3G sunset date is February 22, 2022, when AT&T will complete the shutdown of its 3G network. Any ELD that requires 3G cellular connectivity to perform its functionality will no longer be in compliance with the technical specifications in...

The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is providing historic investments in United States infrastructure. With BIL, Kansas will receive $3.8 billion in infrastructure funding over the next five years with additional grant opportunities as well. Kansas Dept. of Transportation's summit will be held July 13 - 14, 2022 inside the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex (5015) E. 29th Street N., Wichita, KS. The Kansas Infrastructure Hub was created as Kansas’ coordinated approach for deploying funds and maximizing Kansas’ BIL opportunities in transportation, water and sewer, energy, broadband technology and resiliency. Cities,...

2022 Legislative Session, Sine Die The 2022 Kansas Legislature returned on Monday, May 23 for Sine Die - the final day of session. The House and Senate continued work on a few bills and took action on a few bills attempting to override Governor Laura Kelly’s veto. The most anticipated issue of the day, however, was set aside following a ruling last week by the Kansas Supreme Court upholding the Legislature’s new map of Kansas’ four Congressional districts. The legislature finished its work for the year early on Monday afternoon. Please find, below, a summary of the legislative activity from this...

To assist in combatting the rising cost of higher education, Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s (KGFA) scholarship program increased its total amount of annual financial aid by $2,000 and awarded nearly $30,000 in total to 19 of the state’s graduating high school seniors for the 2022-23 academic year.  The scholarship committee, comprised of KGFA’s membership, received more than 150 applications and granted the 19 awards based on equitable geographic locations throughout the state. “Our board of directors and scholarship committee understand the importance of introducing the next generation to our industry and association as early as possible,” KGFA’s...

2022 Legislative Session, Veto Session The 2022 Kansas Legislature returned on Monday, April 25 to begin its Veto Session. Legislators continued work on unfinished legislation and took action to attempt to override vetoes of various bills by Governor Laura Kelly. The legislature finished its work late on Thursday, with the Senate finally adjourning around 2:20 am early Friday morning. The Legislature passed a resolution to adjourn until May 23, 2022, at which time it will return and take any action necessary to pass a new Congressional redistricting map following a review by the Kansas Supreme Court of the map adopted...

2022 Legislative Session, First Adjournment Update The 2022 Kansas legislature will return on Monday, April 25 to begin the Veto Session where it will continue work on unfinished legislation and reconsider bills vetoed by Governor Laura Kelly. Please find, below, an update on bills reviewed by the Governor during the interim, and legislation yet to be completed this year. State Budget Governor Kelly has signed House Sub for Senate Bill 267, the budget for state agencies for fiscal years 2022, 2023, and 2024. The bill leaves an ending balance projection of $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2022, and $895...

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