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All of Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association’s efforts leading up to this year’s show focused on showcasing agribusiness, while emphasizing that through all of the adversity facing the industry, agribusiness is not only changing, it’s thriving with the change. More than 140 exhibitors piled booths into the 95,000 square-foot Century II Convention Center, showing off the newest and best products on the market serving the grain, feed, fertilizer, chemical and seed industry.

On December 30th, Senator Jerry Moran invited Ron Seeber and KGFA member Dave Spears, MKC, to represent Kansas Agribusiness at a roundtable discussion hosted by Federal Reserve Governor Michelle “Miki” Bowman. The roundtable consisted with area bankers, lenders, and agriculture industry representatives. Topics discussed included the current trade concerns, economic conditions of the ag economy, lending concerns, and industry consolidation....

The Kansas grain is grateful to the Kansas congressional delegation for Congress’ advancement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to the Senate Thursday morning. Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) worked with its national affiliate associations to provide outreach to Kansans whom USMCA’s passage would positively affect. Numerous grain handling organizations and producers contacted their elected officials in the House of Representatives advocating for the advancement of USMCA. “Advancement of the USMCA is a great win for Kansas agribusiness,” KGFA president and CEO Ron Seeber said. “Whether it be grain, agriculture inputs...

The selection committee for the Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders (TAL) program met in early December and finalized the roster for the 2020 TAL class. The selection committee, comprised of former TAL graduates chose: Aaron Anderson (Nutrien Ag Solutions); Hillary Birtell (CoMark Equity Alliance); Kalen Cromwell (Farmers Cooperative Grain Association); Kiley DeDonder (WinField United); Micala Dummit (The Scoular Company); Brice Elnicki (Producers Cooperative Association of Girard); Amy Fairchild (KFSA); Scott Moseley (KC Supply Company); Tyler Peterson (Pride Ag Resources); and Spencer Reames (MKC) to complete the 23rd class. The program, which began in 1998,...

Agriculture producers have faced significant challenges in recent years, including market uncertainties, natural disasters, ongoing trade wars and other setbacks. These stressful situations have led to heightened focus on mental health issues in the agricultural community. In response, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, along with several Kansas ag partners, have unveiled a new website to provide resources and support to those dealing with ag-related stress. The website can be found at KansasAgStress.org. “The increase in suicide rates among farmers and ranchers is alarming,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “We must do everything...

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Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) is seeking member comments on Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment's DRAFT Voluntary Cleanup & Property Redevelopment Program Manual. Review the manual by clicking the button to the left and email your comments to Randy Stookey (randy@kansasag.org). KGFA will be accepting comments through Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 and will include ALL member comments in the association's submission to KDHE. [vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][button icon="fa-file" target="_self" hover_type="default" link="http://www.kdheks.gov/redevelopment/vcp/download/VCPRPManual_Stakeholders.pdf" text="Review Document"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

A series of regional meetings in 2019 are giving Kansans the opportunity to help shape the future of transportation in Kansas. These Local Consult meetings will inform the state's next Long Range Transportation Plan, the planning document that will guide investments from 2020 to 2045. That document will shape the state's next transportation program, known as FORWARD. The first round of Local Consult meetings took place in eight communities around the state. These meetings gave Kansans the opportunity to discuss new and existing transportation projects to move people, freight and technology. Participants...

On October 25, The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Water Resources received notification of the official position of the Fish and Wildlife Service related to the impairment of the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge operated by the Service. According to the notification, "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will not make a request for water to the State of Kansas for Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Fiscal Year 2020. Throughout the year, the Service will continue to work to find local, voluntary, collaborative and non-regulatory solutions, including augmentation, to address the...

On September 25, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published a . The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses and commissions towards meeting the salary level. The new thresholds account for growth in employee earnings since the thresholds were last updated in 2004. On Monday, November 4, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Wage and...

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