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Fall 2020 Kansas Grain and Feed Association 816 SW Tyler Topeka, KS 66612 (785) 234-0461 ksgrainandfeed.org

Fall 2020 Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association 816 SW Tyler Topeka, KS 66612 (785) 234-0463 ksagretailers.org

ASSOCIATION STAFF Ron Seeber President & CEO

ASSOCIATION STAFF Ron Seeber President & CEO

Randy Stookey Senior Vice President General Counsel

Randy Stookey Senior Vice President General Counsel

Staci Storey Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer Shari Bennett Vice President Event Planning Samantha Tenpenny Director of Member Services Lisa Anschutz Senior Director Internal Operations Sidney Storey Administrative Assistant Trae Green Associate Vice President External Affairs & Creative Services BOARD OF DIRECTORS Deb Miller Chairwoman

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CONTENTS 03 PRESIDENT’S LETTER The election results and what is means for us as Kansans

04 INDUSTRY NEWS Updates on issues affecting you

12 CCA ANNIVERSARIES Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association congratulates Kansas Certified Crop Advisers

17 ELECTION RESULTS We have detailed results and impacts on every race involving Kansas on the state and federal level

14 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Issues pending for the 2021 legislative session in Kansas

30 NO TIES TOURS Association staff traveled all throughout Kansas this summer and fall visiting members

Bob Tempel Vice Chairman Brent Emch Second Vice Chairman Gary Beachner Ted Behring Doug Biswell Brad Cowan Curt Engel Andrew Fullerton David Helfrich James Jirak Dub Johnson Mark Paul Troy Presley Devin Schierling Allen Williams

Editors: KGFA & KARA staff

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Staci Storey Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer Shari Bennett Vice President Event Planning Samantha Tenpenny Director of Member Services Lisa Anschutz Senior Director Internal Operations Sidney Storey Administrative Assistant Trae Green Associate Vice President External Affairs & Creative Services BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lance Nelson Chairman Dustin Kuntz Vice Chairman Kevin Dieckmann Second Vice Chairman Clark Pearson Immediate Past Chairman Gary Beachner Brent Martin Bryan Bucl Warren Mayberry Troy Coon Kevin Mears Yance Farney Scott Morris Justin Foss Justin Ochs Tim Giesick O.J. Pearl Jim Grilliot Dave Spears Jeff Holling Mark Wegner Rachel Hurley Nick Krehbiel Brian Laverentz Jami Loecker


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PRESIDENT’SMESSAGE RONALD SEEBER

President and CEO

Ron Seeber was hired as president and CEO of Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association in October 2017 after working for the associations since July 2008. An expert in state and federal legislative affairs, Seeber also worked for Senator Bob Dole in policy and political capacities, and has spent his entire career in the regulatory arena.

DEAR KGFA & KARA

MEMBERS The election did not turn out as more than 72 million Americans would have liked, but Kansas actually did pretty well from a statefocused agribusiness perspective. On the federal level, probably the most watched of all races in Kansas, was the United States Senate seat vacated by Senator Pat Roberts. As most of you know, it was a matchup between two physicians, republican congressman Roger Marshall of Great Bend and democratic state senator Barbara Bollier of Mission. Up until the end, pollsters were way off the mark reporting the race was in a deadheat or that Bollier led. At the end of the day, Kansas is still very much a red state and Dr. Marshall defeated Dr. Bollier by a margin of 53 percent to 42 percent. This win raises some interesting questions though. Senator Roberts is retiring from both the very powerful Senate Finance Committee and the Kansas-essential Senate Agriculture Committee. Which committees will Senator Jerry Moran and soon-to-be Senator Marshall land? Also, will they be in the majority or the minority? It is my understanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has assured at least one Kansan will be on the ag committee. Of course, with every election, there is a game of musical committee seats, so where will they land when the music stops? As for the four Kansas Congressional seats. Here are my thoughts: In the ‘Big First’ Congressional district, former Lt. Governor and real estate businessman, Tracey Mann easily defeated his opponent, Kali Barnett, a Garden City music teacher. U.S. House Republican

Leader Kevin McCarthy has assured Mann he will be seated on the House Ag Committee. Congressman-elect Mann is going to be very good for Kansas agribusiness. In the Second Congressional District, the eastern part of the state minus the Kansas City metro, state treasurer Jake LaTurner first defeated incumbent Congressman Steve Watkins in the primary. He then went on to beat Topeka Mayor Michele De La Isla. Congressman-elect LaTurner is a Lynn Jenkins protégé, very bright and savvy, and will take care of the ag interests in his district. In the Third Congressional district, the Kansas City area, Congresswoman Sharice Davids easily fought off a challenge from Cerner executive and former chair of the Kansas GOP, Amanda Adkins. The third district has turned a pretty solid blue color after the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Representative Davids understands ag has a sizeable presence in her district, and to her credit, did (after much pontificating) vote in favor of USMCA. Congresswoman Davids has a very good relationship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In full disclosure, I am a staunch Republican, however, at this time, there are some benefits to Kansas agriculture by having a democrat member in our Congressional delegation - as it is her party who controls the House of Representatives and, probably, the presidency. The Fourth Congressional district, Wichita and its surrounding counties, is pretty boring. Incumbent Ron Estes soundly defeated his opponent Laura Lombard. Estes is a solid friend of agriculture and a tremendously good guy.

As for the Kansas Statehouse, it went from red to really red. Keep in mind that Kansas politics, for all intents and purposes, has three political parties, conservative republicans, moderate republicans and democrats. During the general election, with the exception of the Johnson County area, Republicans had a good night, not only keeping the supermajority in the House and Senate, but actually increasing those numbers in the House to 87 or more, with a few elections still up in the air. The supermajorities will make governing a challenge for democratic Governor Laura Kelly. A more conservative supermajority in both chambers can easily override her vetoes. With pressing issues such as a revenue shortfall, COVID restrictions, taxes, expansion of Medicaid and, of course, the big dog – redistricting - it will be an interesting next couple of years. Concerning redistricting, once the census numbers are official, all four Congressional seats, all 125 state house seats and all 40 state senate seats will need to be redrawn to reflect demographic changes and population shifts. This is a big deal for Kansas agriculture. For example, the ‘Big First’ Congressional district will get much bigger and we will see a migration of once-rural seats going to urban areas. Now more than ever, organizations like ours and our agriculture allies need to tell our story to urban policy makers because our rural representation will continue to vanish.

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INDUSTRYnews EPA Announces Dicamba Registration Decision

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, EPA approved new five-year registrations for XtendiMax and Engenia and extended the registration for Tavium through 2025. Source: Asmark Institute

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, EPA approved new five-year registrations for XtendiMax and Engenia and extended the registration for Tavium through 2025. “With today’s decision, farmers now have the certainty they need to make plans for their 2021 growing season,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “After reviewing substantial amounts of new information, conducting scientific assessments based on the best available science, and carefully considering input from stakeholders, we have reached a resolution that is good for our farmers and our environment.” All three registrations include new control measures to ensure these products can be used effectively while protecting

the environment. These important control measures include: • Requiring an approved pH-buffering agent (also called a Volatility Reduction Agent or VRA) be tank mixed with “overthe-top” (OTT) dicamba products prior to all applications to control volatility. • Requiring a downwind buffer of 240 feet and 310 feet in areas where listed species are located. • Prohibiting OTT application of dicamba on soybeans after June 30 and cotton after July 30. • Simplifying the label and use directions so that growers can more easily determine when and how to properly apply dicamba.

EPA Revises “List of Lists” Dated August 2020, and just recently posted publicly, EPA has posted a revised version of the consolidated “List of Lists” on its website. The List of Lists is used as a reference for many regulatory requirements, but most importantly spill reporting. Asmark sent

its Lighthouse Retainer Clients the revised version to replace the old version (dated June 2019) in their Compliance Filing System binders.

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INDUSTRYnews EPA Continues Regulatory Review of Paraquat

As part of its regulatory review of paraquat dichloride, EPA is proposing new safety measures to better protect human health and the environment. Source: Asmark Institute

As part of its regulatory review of paraquat dichloride, EPA is proposing new safety measures to better protect human health and the environment. The proposed changes include: • Prohibiting aerial application for all uses except cotton desiccation; • Prohibiting pressurized handgun and backpack sprayer application methods on the label; • Limiting the maximum application rate for alfalfa to one pound of active ingredient per acre; • Requiring enclosed cabs if area treated in 24-hour period is more than 80 acres; • Requiring enclosed cabs or PF10

respirators if area treated in 24-hour period is 80 acres or less; • Requiring a residential area drift buffer and seven-day restricted entry interval (REI) for cotton desiccation; • Requiring a 48-hour REI for all crops and uses except cotton desiccation; and • Adding mandatory spray drift management label language. In addition, EPA is proposing to allow truck drivers who are not certified applicators to transport paraquat when certain conditions are met. Comments must be received by December 22, 2020.

Study Reveals the Top 10 Disabling Workplace Injuries The Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety has released its 2020 Workplace Safety Index identifying the leading causes of the most disabling United States workplace injuries, which amounted to more than $59 billion in direct costs to employers, based on medical and lost-wage expenses. The most serious workplace injuries included are those causing an employee to miss work for more than five days. As in previous years, overexertion tops the list. This includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing objects. The overall number of serious workplace injuries has decreased, while the medical costs have increased above overall inflation.

The 10 leading causes of the most disabling workplace injuries in 2020 (in billions) according to Liberty Mutual are: • Overexertion $13.98 • Fall on same level $10.84 • Struck by object $6.12 • Falls to lower level $5.71 • Bodily reactions* $4.69 • Roadway incident $3.56 • Slip or trip without fall $2.06 • Repetitive motions $2.05 • Struck against object $2.00 • Caught in/compressed by $1.92 *Injuries from bending, climbing, reaching, standing, sitting, slipping or tripping without falling.

The Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety has released its 2020 Workplace Safety Index identifying the leading causes of the most disabling US workplace injuries. Source: Asmark Institute

Why Do We Have ERGs?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) published the first Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) in 1973 to aid first responders who arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving hazardous materials. Source: Asmark Institute

The Department of Transportation (DOT) published the first Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) in 1973 to aid first responders who arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving hazardous materials. The ERG provides the first responders the information they need to protect themselves and the community during the initial phase of that incident.

By regulation, drivers are required to have emergency response information with them when transporting most hazardous materials. A copy of the ERG in your trucks complies with this regulation. The DOT updates the ERG every four years.

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INDUSTRYnews Attorney General denies KDOT’s proposed regulation on crew size for railroads railroads do utilize a second person on the ground during switching and at crossings – where accidents are most likely to occur. Adding a second full-time crewman to each of the short line engines would have greatly increased labor costs involved in short line grain shipments. As much of the grain shipped in Kansas is initially moved by truck or short line rail, this unnecessary regulation would have resulted in a substantial increase in the cost of grain The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) had recently proposed a new regulation (KAR 36-43transport for many Kansas Grain and Feed 1) requiring mandatory minimum crew sizes for rail Association (KGFA) members. Additionally, transport. the regulation would have likely pushed hundreds of additional grain trucks back The Kansas Department of Transportation onto the state highway system, which would (KDOT) had recently proposed a new have negatively affected local cash basis for regulation (KAR 36-43-1) requiring ag producers. mandatory minimum crew sizes for rail For these reasons, KGFA submitted a transport. KDOT had submitted this proposed comment in opposition to the proposed regulation to the Kansas Attorney General’s regulation to the office of Attorney General office for its required review. Derek Schmidt. KGFA argued that the Currently, most short line rail transport in proposed regulation was unlawful, as the Kansas do not utilize two crewmen in the subject matter was preempted by federal lead engine at all times. However, short line law. KGFA also argued that the proposed

regulation was unnecessary, and would directly harm the Kansas ag industry and the state highway system. KGFA submitted similar comments to KDOT, the Kansas Department of Agriculture and Governor Laura Kelly’s office. The Attorney General’s office has officially released its opinion on the proposed regulation. The opinion letter denies adoption of the proposed regulation, stating that the subject matter is preempted by federal law through the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (ICCTA), 49 USC 10101, et seq. “We are pleased the Attorney General’s office agreed with and adopted the preemption arguments presented by KGFA and other stakeholders,” KGFA President and CEO Ron Seeber said. “This is a positive outcome for our membership, who would have likely seen increased shipping rates to offset railroad costs for additional crew members.”

KGFA assists members in receiving short line rail grant funding

The new cost-share grant program is a three-year, $15 million program that provides 70 percent state money to 30 percent investment by the eligible entity for improvements.

Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s (KGFA), along with industry stakeholders’, efforts to successfully include passage of the short line rail improvement fund into the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Plan during the 2020 Kansas legislative session paid off as the Kansas Dept. of Transportation (KDOT) announced four KGFA member locations who will receive cost-share funding in October.

“We are very happy to be a recipient of this grant where everyone from our producers, to the state of Kansas as a whole wins with this program,” said David Cron, CEO of Skyland Grain. “The biggest percentage of our locations are going to be on short line rails and by expediting the timing of upgrading our rail infrastructure our farmers win because our operating costs go down and the state of Kansas wins by reducing the number of trucks on our highways. This is a program that makes a lot of sense for everyone and we are thankful to be a recipient.” The new cost-share grant program is a three-year, $15 million program that provides 70 percent state money to 30 percent investment by the eligible entity for improvements. The geographically dispersed organizations awarded a total of nine projects for funding of rail sidings, rehabilitation and track extensions were: Cimarron Valley Railway, Frontier Ag, New Century Air Center Railroad, Scott City

Coop, Scoular Grain, Skyland Grain, South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad and V&S Railway. “We want to thank Governor Laura Kelly, Kansas Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz and the Kansas Legislature,” KGFA President and CEO Ron Seeber said. “This announcement is exciting news for the state of Kansas and for all of the entities this program touches. It will tremendously benefit the grain and agriculture input industries, their producer-customers, the small communities where these projects reside and the rural Kansas economy as a whole.” The projects span seven different counties on three short line railroads and will encompass nearly six miles of track improvement or new construction. When completed, the improved rail infrastructure will allow shippers to nearly double railcar loads annually, up to 2,400 cars a year, decreasing the amount of heavy truck traffic on Kansas highways by nearly 10,000 per year. Fall 2020

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INDUSTRYnews DOT Extends Waiver Until the End of the Year

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, USDOT has extended a waiver through a Notice of Enforcement Policy. Source: Asmark Institute

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, USDOT has extended a waiver through a Notice of Enforcement Policy for expiring Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) and permits, as well as NonCDL licenses for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, until December 31, 2020. Due to limited operations or backlogs, some CMV drivers have been unable to renew their licenses and are unable to provide medical certificates to their State Driver Licensing Agencies. In addition, many drivers have been unable to obtain physical examinations with medical examiners who comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Given the national emergency, there is a continued public need for immediate

transportation of essential supplies, equipment, and persons, which requires an adequate and sustained supply of CMV drivers. Ensuring that drivers are available to operate CMVs during the national emergency is critical to continued operation of the transportation and energy supply networks and the safety and economic stability of our Nation. Drivers claiming relief under this waiver must carry a paper copy of their expired medical certificate.

Associations receive official clarification on COVID-19 truck weight exemptions

KGFA and KARA have received updated guidance from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) regarding the COVID-19 truck weight exemption set forth in Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-65.

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Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association have received updated guidance from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) regarding the COVID-19 truck weight exemption set forth in Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-65. The exemption allows for a 10 percent weight waiver (up to 90,000 pounds) on trucks hauling essential goods for direct relief of the COVID-19 pandemic. KDOT and KHP have now determined that the overweight hauling of grain as part of the normal harvest season is not part of direct

COVID-19 relief, and would not qualify for the overweight exemption referenced in Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order No. 20-65. In addition, KDOT and KHP provided the following guidance and clarification on the COVID-19 truck weight exemption under Executive Order 20-65: Hauling grain that is directly supporting feeding livestock due to shortages of feed for livestock from the COVID-19 pandemic, would qualify for the overweight permit. If grain is hauled in direct support of COVID-19 relief and is for livestock feed, then the motor carrier can obtain an Emergency COVID-19 Relief Permit which expires on December 31, 2020. Only livestock and livestock feed qualify for this emergency truck weight exemption. Pesticides and fertilizer do not qualify. In reaching this determination, KDOT and KHP stated that they followed the exemptions set forth in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Sept. 11, 2020 extension of its Emergency Declaration 2020-002.


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Your government affairs team will remain vigilant in opposing any effort to balance the state budget on the backs of our industry. Thank you for your contributions to the Kansas Agri Business Council (KABC), which are vital to your association maintaining a strong voice in the legislative process. This appendage is our voice to ensure that friends of agribusiness are elected, not only in places like Wichita County, but also in the city of Wichita. The KABC also helps defeat candidates who don’t see the big picture for our state and only see their own personal microcosms and special interests. This political stick we wield is provided by you. Just because Kansas is losing rural population representation, the agricultural community can still hold political clout. In fact, we can grow that clout! Every year when Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association send membership renewals out there is an optional 10 percent checkoff on the statement to raise money for the KABC. Next year when you receive your membership renewal, please consider checking the box to support the KABC and agribusiness as a whole.

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INSIDER By: Randy Stookey

FOLLOWING THE ELECTION, BOTH THE KANSAS HOUSE AND SENATE REPUBLICANS LOOK TO HAVE SUPERMAJORITIES, WHICH WILL POTENTIALLY ALLOW THEM TO OVERRIDE ANY VETO BY THE GOVERNOR. THIS WILL PROVE SIGNIFICANT WHEN CONSIDERING ISSUES SUCH AS TAX POLICY, POSSIBLE MEDICAID EXPANSION, AND THE REDISTRICTING OF CANDIDATE DISTRICTS AFTER THE CENSUS. 14

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Kansas House Republicans emerged with 87 members (out of the 125 seats), an increase of three from before the election. Three races in the House are very close and are likely to be canvassed for a recount. Ron Ryckman has retained his position as Speaker of the House, along with other current Republican leadership. Key losses by House Democrats may cause a shuffling of the deck for leadership in the minority party. With a Republican supermajority in the House, key legislation on taxes and social issues such as abortion could move forward. This – along with COVID-19 issues – will take much of the oxygen out of the room for other legislative initiatives. Kansas Senate Republicans came out of the election with the 29 members it started with (out of 40 seats). However, during the primary, Republicans traded five moderates for more conservative Senators. For this reason, the Senate is likely to be much more polarized. OF NOTE FOR THE SENATE: A late conservative political action

committee push helped unseat long-serving Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley out of Topeka, who lost (49-51) to conservative newcomer Rick Kloos. Republican new-comer Kristen O’Shea won her race decisively (60-40) in Governor Laura Kelly’s former Kansas Senate district. This seat, in Topeka, was long-held by Democrats and was a bell-weather race for the Senate. Republicans lost the seat held by retiring Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, to Cindy Holscher, D-Overland Park. During the primary election, six-of-seven moderate incumbent Republicans lost to more conservative candidates. Following the general election, Senate GOP held on to its 29-member supermajority with 24 conservatives. Before the election, moderates held about 10 Senate seats. Senate leadership is now mostly conservatives. Republican Senator Ty Masterson of Andover has been newlyelected as Senate president. Republican Senator Gene Suellentrop of Wichita is

the majority leader, while Rick Wilborn of McPherson is now the Senate Vice President. Former Republican House Member Renee Erickson won her race for state Senate (5347) in the Wichita district previously held by retiring Senate President Susan Wagle. This was a closely watched race as the district is trending more Democrat. Well-liked Democrat Jeff Pittman gave up his seat in a House district Northwest of Kansas City to run against the Republican incumbent in the Senate. Pittman won 53-47. Look for him to become a future leader in the Senate for the Democrat party. THE KANSAS AGRI BUSINESS COUNCIL (KABC) KABC is a joint Political Action Committee of KARA and KGFA. KABC contributed $33,500 to 122 candidates during the 2020 primary election cycle, in addition to contributions to House and Senate Leadership PACs and to a SuperPAC to support Roger Marshall. During the primary, 73 percent of the candidates receiving KABC contributions won their election.

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taxes. However, following much better than estimated state tax receipts this fall, those projections have now been revised to be much less dire. The most recent revenue forecast released in November shows the state running a $360 million surplus in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, and only a $150 million deficit for the following fiscal year. This is significantly better than the $700 million estimated deficit projected for the current fiscal year and the $1.4 billion estimate for the following year. Clearly, however, there is much uncertainty in this revenue modeling.

KABC later contributed $11,350 to 45 candidates in the general election cycle. In the general election, 73 percent of the candidates receiving KABC contributions won their election. Total KABC contributions for the 2020 election cycle were $53,600. 2020 KABC PRIMARY ELECTION CONTRIBUTIONS/RESULTS The following House candidates received KABC primary contributions and won their primary race: Michael Houser, Trevor Jacobs, Mark Samsel, Chris Croft, Kent Thompson, Pam Curtis, Ron Highland, Jess Borjon, Blaine Finch, John Barker, Eric Smith, Patrick Penn, Brian Bergkamp, Nick Hoheisel, Lisa Moser, Boyd Orr, Marty Long. The following House candidates received KABC contributions and lost their primary race: Diana Dierks, Jim Karleskint and Jan Kessinger. Each of the candidates that lost were moderate Republican legislators with good voting records on our issues, and each lost to a more conservative candidate in the primary election. The following Senate candidates received KABC primary contributions and won their primary race: Kellie Warren and Rob Olson. The following Senate candidates received KABC contributions and lost their primary race: Bruce Givens, Dan Goddard, Mary Jo Taylor and Ed Berger. Each of these candidates were moderate Republican legislators with good voting records on our issues, and each lost to a more conservative candidate in the primary election. 2020 KABC GENERAL ELECTION CONTRIBUTIONS/RESULTS The following House candidates received 16

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KABC contributions in the general election cycle and won their general election race: Ken Collins, Timothy Johnson, David French, Pat Proctor, Terry Fredrick, Fred Patton, Jess Borjon, Ken Corbet, Blaine Finch, Mark Schreiber, Mike Dodson, Dave Baker, Clarke Sanders, Steven Howe, Ron Ryckman, Blake Carpenter, Patrick Penn, Susan Estes, Tom Kessler, Nick Hoheisel, Ron Howard, Dan Hawkins, Brenda Landwehr, Kyle Hoffman, Bradley Ralph and John Resman. The following House candidates received KABC contributions in the general election cycle and lost their race: Kristine Sapp, Cathy Gordon and Rashard Young. The following Senate candidates received KABC contributions in the general election and won their general election race: Beverly Gossage, Mike Thompson, Kellie Warren, Caryn Tyson, Ty Masterson, Kristen O’Shea, Brenda Dietrich, Gene Suellentrop, Mike Petersen, Renee Erickson, Alicia Straub, Dr. Mark Steffen, Molly Baumgardner and Jeff Pittman. The following Senate candidates received KABC contributions and lost their general election race: Willie Dove and Kevin Braun. Senator Julia Lynn withdrew from the race. 2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION PREVIEW BUDGET HURDLES Last summer, due to the economic effects of COVID-19, state general fund receipts were projected to be reduced by more than $750 million during the current fiscal year. Recall that the state is constitutionally prohibited from running a budget deficit. So - had the projections been accurate - this would have required the legislature and the Governor to overcome the deficit through massive budget reductions or increased

PROPERTY TAX FOCUS Increased property taxes across the state have resulted in dozens of bills being filed on the issue in recent years. While COVID-19 shut down most legislative action last year, look for similar legislation to be introduced this year to strengthen the rights of Kansas property tax payers which your association will support. One property tax bill that is likely to be re-introduced would prohibit county treasurers from distributing the portion of property taxes that are in dispute until the final appeal of the valuation. In recent years, your association supported this legislation and will continue to do so. CORPORATE TAXATION Two years ago, Governor Kelly vetoed a bill that would have exempted certain types of foreign corporate income (repatriated income and GILTI) that is now taxable at the state level following passage of the federal tax cuts and jobs of 2017. Look for new legislation to be filed on this issue this session. However, there is a fiscal note (cost) to such a bill, and Governor Kelly has openly stated that she is not in favor of this legislation. CORPORATE INCOME TAX APPORTIONMENT A bill is likely to be introduced to allow corporate taxpayers the option to elect how to apportion their corporate income tax liability between Kansas and other states in which it operates. Kansas currently uses a three-factor system for apportioning income between states for corporate income tax purposes. The legislation would allow the taxpayer to elect to use a single-factor apportionment formula based on sales to determine corporate income tax liability. Continued on Page 28


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THE RACES FEDERAL & STATE

It was quite an election year. A United States Senate seat and all four House seats on the federal level were open, meanwhile all seats in the Kansas legislature, 40 Senate and 125 House, were up for grabs this year. A look at the numbers is on the next few pages.

U.S. SENATE Roger Marshall Republican

U.S. HOUSE (District 1)

54% U.S. HOUSE (District 2)

72%

56%

Republican

Republican

Tracey Mann

U.S. HOUSE (District 3)

Jake LaTurner

U.S. HOUSE (District 4)

53%

65%

Democrat

Republican

Sharice Davids

Ron Estes

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KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 1 Kirk Miller Dennis Pyle - KABC Support

(D-Havensville) (R-Hiawatha)

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 15 28% 72%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 2 Marci Francisco - KABC Support (D-Lawrence) Unopposed

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 3 Tom Holland Willie Dove - KABC Support

(D-Baldwin City) (R-Bonner Springs)

(D-Kansas City) (R-Kansas City)

(D-Leavenworth) (R-Kansas City)

(D-Kansas City) (R-Kansas City)

82% 18%

Tobias Schlingensiepen Kristen O’Shea - KABC Support

(D-Fairway) (R-Mission)

53% 47%

Anthony Hensley - KABC Support Rick Kloos - KABC Support

64% 36%

Rachel Willis (D-Topeka) Brenda S. Dietrich - KABC Support (R-Topeka)

59% 41%

Dinah Sykes - KABC Support Tom Bickimer

(D-Overland Park) (R-Overland Park)

54% 46%

Tom Hawk - KABC Support Craig Bowser

(D-Olathe) (R-Eudora)

48% 52%

Wendy Budetti Rob Olson - KABC Support

(D-Shawnee) (R-Shawnee)

48% 52%

J.R. Claeys

(D-Leawood) (R-Leawood)

(D-Humboldt) (R-Parker)

(D-Pittsburg) (R-Baxter Springs)

47% 53%

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(D-Lenexa) (R-Lenexa)

55% 45%

(D-Manhattan) (R-Manhattan)

51% 49%

(D-Olathe) (R-Olathe)

47% 53%

Mary Ware - KABC Support Vail Fruechting

(D-Wichita) (R-Wichita)

53% 47%

(R-Garden Plain)

Unopposed

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 27 (D-Wichita) (R-Wichita)

32% 68%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 28 Jim Ward Mike Petersen - KABC Support

Unopposed

Unopposed

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 26

Mike McCorkle Gene Suellentrop - KABC Support 34% 66%

(R-Salina)

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 25

Dan Kerschen - KABC Support 25% 75%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 14 Michael A. Fagg

43% 57%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 24

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 13 Nancy J. Ingle Richard Hilderbrand - KABC Support

49% 51%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 23

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 12 Mike Bruner Caryn Tyson - KABC Support

(D-Topeka) (R-Berryton)

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 22

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 11 Joy Koesten Kellie Warren - KABC Support

40% 60%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 21

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 10 Lindsey Constance Mike Thompson - KABC Support

(D-Topeka) (R-Topeka)

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 20

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 9 Stacey Knoell Beverly Gossage- KABC Support

33% 67%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 19

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 8 Cindy Holscher James Todd

(D-Emporia) (R-Emporia)

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 18

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 7 Ethan Corson Laura McConwell

30% 70%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 17

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 6 Pat Pettey Diana Whittington

Unopposed

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 16 Timothy Don Fry II (D-Augusta) Ty Masterson - KABC Support (R-Andover)

Stephen Vecchione Jeff Longbine - KABC Support

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 5 Jeff Pittman - KABC Support Kevin Braun - KABC Support

(R-Havana)

51% 49%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 4 David Haley - KABC Support Sam Stillwell

Virgil Peck

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KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 29 Oletha Faust-Goudeau - KABC Support Myron L. Ackerman

(D-Wichita) (R-Wichita)

70% 30%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 30 Melissa Gregory (D-Wichita) Renee Erickson - KABC Support (R-Wichita)

47% 53%

AGRICULTURE CHAIR Dan Kerschen

(R) - Garden Plain KABC Voting Record

100

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 31 Carolyn McGinn - KABC Support

(R-Sedgwick)

Unopposed

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 32 Larry W. Alley - KABC Support

(R-Winfield)

Unopposed

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 33 Alicia Straub - KABC Support

(R-Ellinwood)

Unopposed

Elected to the State House in 2008, Dan worked to make sure that the values and interests of the citizens in the 93rd District were represented. After districts were redrawn in 2012, Dan ran and was elected to the Kansas Senate. For the past eight years, Dan has been privileged to serve as the Senator for the 26th district of Kansas.

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 34 Shanna Henry (D-Cheney) Mark Steffen - KABC Support (R-Hucthinson)

30% 70%

WAYS & MEANS CHAIR

Unopposed

Richard Billinger

Unopposed

100

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 35 Richard Wilborn - KABC Support

(R-McPherson)

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 36 Elaine S. Bowers - KABC Support

(R-Concordia)

(R) - Goodland KABC Voting Record

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 37 Becca Peck Molly Baumgardner - KABC Support

(D-Overland Park) (R-Louisburg)

34% 66%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 38 Edgar A. Pando Bud Estes - KABC Support

(D-Dodge City) (R-Dodge City)

31% 69%

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 39 John Doll

(R-Garden City)

Unopposed

KANSAS SENATE - DISTRICT 40 Larry Joseph Dreiling Richard Billinger - KABC Support

(D-Hays) (R-Goodland)

Richard (Rick) Billinger prioritizes increasing population growth to western Kansas, elminiation of out-of-date programs and policies in order to cut down on red tape and wasteful regulatory burdens, reducing state debt, protecting family farms, preserving water and fighting for lower property taxes.

21% 79%

SENATE PRESIDENT Ty Masterson

(R) - Andover KABC Voting Record

In the area to the right, we have compiled a few senators and representatives who either preside over committees of interest to Kansas Grain and Feed Association or Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association or hold a position of influence within the legislature. We have also provided the respective senator’s voting record, a score created by compiling votes on issues pertaining to our industry.

92.5

Serving in the Kansas Senate for more than 10 years, Ty Masterson is a former city council member of Andover and held a Kansas State House of Representatives seat from 2005-08. Masterson most recently served as the chairman of the Senate Utilities Committee and has been newly-elected Senate President in 2021.

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KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 1 Michael Houser - KABC Support

(R-Columbus)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 16 Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 2 Lynn D. Grant (D-Frontenac) Kenneth Collins - KABC Support (R-Mulberry)

37% 63%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 3 Monica Murnan Charles Smith

(D-{Pittsburg) (R-Pittsburg)

46% 54%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 4 Bill Meyer Trevor Jacobs - KABC Support

(D-Fort Scott) (R-Fort Scott)

(D-Parker) (R-Wellsville)

(R-Paola)

(R-Parsons)

Mari-Lynn Poskin Jane Dirks

(R-Overland Park)

(D-Humboldt) (R-La Harpe)

Unopposed

(D-Lawrence)

Unopposed

(R-Independence)

25% 75%

(R-Independence)

Unopposed

(D-Yates Center) (R-Neodesha)

Unopposed

Unopposed

23% 77%

48% 52%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 15 Cole Fine (D-Olathe) John Toplikar - KABC Support (R-Olathe)

(D-Leawood) (R-Overland Park)

48% 52%

(D-Prairie Village) (R-Prairie Village)

(D-Overland Park)

(D-Shawnee) (R-Lenexa)

(D-Merriam)

(D-Westwood)

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62% 38%

Unopposed

55% 40%

Unopposed

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 26 (D-Olathe) 38% (R-Olathe) 62%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 27 Sona Patel Sean Tarwater - KABC Support

(D-Overland Park) (R-Stillwell)

36% 64%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 28 Sally Jercha Carl Turner

(D-Leawood) (R-Leawood)

47% 53%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 29 Brett Parker - KABC Support Jerry Clinton

(D-Overland Park) (R-Overland Park)

57% 43%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 30 Brandon Woodard - KABC Support (D-Lenexa) Laura Williams (R-Lenexa)

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51% 49%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 25

W. Michael Shimeall Adam T. Thomas - KABC Support

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 14 Angela Justus Schweller (D-Lenexa) Charlotte Esau - KABC Support (R-Olathe)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 24

Rui Xu - KABC Support

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 13 Mark Pringle Joe Newland - KABC Support

(D-Overland Park)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 23

Jarrod Ousley

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 12 Doug Blex - KABC Support

52% 48%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 22

Susan Ruiz - KABC Support Jeff Shull

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 11 Jim Kelly - KABC Support

Jerry Stogsdill Bob Reese

Lindsay Vaughn

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 10 Christina Haswood

(D-Shawnee) (R-Shawnee)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 21 Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 9 Alana Cloutier Kent L. Thompson - KABC Support

51% 46%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 20

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 8 Chris Croft - KABC Support

(D-Lenexa) (R-Lenexa)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 19

23% 77%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 7 Richard J. Proehl - KABC Support

50% 49%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 18 Cindy Neighbor - KABC Support Cathy Gordon - KABC Support

Stephanie Sawyer Clayton

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 6 Samantha M. Poetter

(D-Overland Park) (R-Overland Park)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 17 Jo Ella Hoye Kristine Sapp - KABC Support

25% 75%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 5 Roger Sims Mark Samsel - KABC Support

Linda Featherson Rashard Young - KABC Support

52% 48%


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KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 31 Louis E. Ruiz Landon Griffith

(D-Kansas City) (R-Kansas City)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 46 71% 29%

Dennis “Boog” Highberger Dante Javaheri

75% 25%

Michael Caddell (D-Nortonville) Ronald B. Ellis - KABC Support (R-Meriden)

49% 42%

Jennifer Day - Winner Terry Frederick - KABC Support

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 32 Pam Curtis - KABC Support Greg Conchola

(D-Kansas City) (R-Kansas City)

(D-Kansas City) (R-Bonner Springs)

(D-Kansas City)

(D-Kansas City) (R-Kansas City)

80% 20%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 36 Kathy Wolfe Moore - KABC Support Mark Gilstrap

(D-Kansas City) (R-Kansas City)

63% 37%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 37 Aaron Coleman

(D-Kansas City)

(D-Basehor) (R-Bonner Springs)

37% 63%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 39 Les Lampe Owen Donohoe

(D-Shawnee) (R-Shawnee)

45% 55%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 40 Joana Scholtz David W. French - KABC Support

(D-Leavenworth) (R-Lansing)

46% 54%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 41 Mike Griswold Pat Proctor - KABC Support

(D-Leavenworth) (R-Leavenworth)

50% 50%

Katie Dixon (D-Olathe) Megan Lynn - KABC Support (R-Olathe)

48% 52%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 50 Timothy B. Reed Fred C. Patton - KABC Support

(D-Topeka) 25% (R-Topeka) 75%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 51 Ron Highland - KABC Support

(R-Wamego)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 52 Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 38 Sherri D. Grogan Timothy H. Johnson

(D-Overland Park) (R-Overland Park)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 49 Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 35 Broderick Henderson Mark David Snelson

29% 71%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 48

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 34 Valdenia C. Winn

86% 14%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 47

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 33 Tom Burroughs Jordan Michael Mackey

(D-Lawrence) (L-Lawrence)

47% 53%

Mary Lou Davis Jesse Borjon - KABC Support

(D-Topeka) (R-Topeka)

44% 56%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 53 Jim Gartner - KABC Support Jeff Coen

(D-Topeka) (R-Topeka)

54% 46%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 54 John Brosz Ken Corbet - KABC Support

(D-Topeka) (R-Topeka)

32% 68%

Buckets and

Belting

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 42 Lance W. Neelly

(R-Tonganoxie)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 43 Pamela Finley Bill Sutton - KABC Support

(D-Edgerton) (R-Gardner)

35% 65%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 44 Barbara W. Ballard - KABC Support (D-Lawrence) Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 45 Mike Amyx

(D-Lawrence)

1.800.527.8775 1.800.KC.SUPPLY www.kcsupply.com kcsupply@kcsupply.com

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KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 55 Annie Kuether Janlyn Nesbett Tucker

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 70

(D-Topeka) (R-Topeka)

62% 38%

Jo Schwartz (D-Abilene) John E. Barker - KABC Support (R-Abilene)

51% 49%

Jeffrey A. Zamrzla Stephen K. Howe - KABC Support

63% 37%

Tim Hodge Avery Anderson

69% 31%

Les Mason - KABC Support

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 56 Virgil Weigel Tim Clothier

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 71

(D-Topeka) (R-Topeka)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 57 John Alcala - KABC Support Michael Martin

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 58

27% 73%

Todd Maddox (D-Emporia) Mark A. Schreiber - KABC Support (R-Emporia)

40% 60%

Unopposed

Unopposed

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 64 (D-Clay Center) (R-Clay Center)

24% 76%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 65 Lonnie G. Clark - KABC Support

(R-Junction City)

Unopposed

(D-Manhattan)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 67 Cheryl A. Arthur (D-Manhattan) Mike Dodson - KABC Support (R-Manhattan)

(D-Cedar Point) (R-Council Grove)

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(D-Salina) (R-Salina)

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Unopposed

Unopposed

47% 53%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 79 Ken White (D-Belle Plaine) Cheryl Helmer - KABC Support (R-Mulvane)

35% 65%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 80 (R-Wellington)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 81 Matthew Joyce (D-Derby) Blake Carpenter - KABC Support (R-Derby)

34% 66%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 82 Edward Hackerott Jesse Burris

27% 73%

Henry Helgerson David Robbins

41% 59%

Gail Finney - KABC Support Janet Sue Rine

(D-Mulvane) (R-Mulvane)

29% 71%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 83

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 69 Ryan Holmquist Clarke Sanders - KABC Support

24% 76%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 78

46% 54%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 68 Scott T. Dawson Dave Baker - KABC Support

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 77

Bill Rhiley

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 66 Sydney Carlin - KABC Support

(D-El Dorado) (R-El Dorado)

Kathy Meyer (D-Olathe) Ron Ryckman - KABC Support (R-Olathe)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 63

Jim Vathauer Suzi Carlson - KABC Support

(R-Hesston)

Kristey S. Williams - KABC Support (R-Augusta)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 62

(R-Atchinson)

(R-McPherson) Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 76 Eric L. Smith - KABC Support

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 61

John R. Eplee - KABC Support

45% 55%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 75 Ethan D. Caylor Will Carpenter - KABC Support

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 60

(R-Sabetha)

(D-Newton) (R-Newton)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 74 Stephen Owens - KABC Support

Caren Rugg (D-Ottawa) Blaine Finch - KABC Support (R-Ottawa)

Randy Garber

31% 69%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 73

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 59

(R-St. Marys)

(D-Salina) (R-Salina)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 72

(D-Topeka) (R-Topeka)

Vic Miller - KABC Support (D-Topeka) Geoffrey H. Gawdun (R-Topeka)

Francis Awerkamp - KABC Support

23% 77%

(D-Wichita) (R-Wichita)

59% 41%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 84 (D-Wichita) (R-Wichita)

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KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 85 Marcey Gregory (D-Wichita) Patrick Penn - KABC Support (R-Wichita)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 100 39% 61%

Chad Smith (D-Wichita) Daniel Hawkins - KABC Support (R-Wichita)

54% 46%

Elliott R. Adams Joe Seiwert - KABC Support

44% 56%

Jason Probst - KABC Support - Winner (D-Hutchinson) John Whitesel (R-Hutchinson)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 86 Stephanie Byers Cyndi Howerton

(D-Wichita) (R-Wichita)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 101

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 87 Matt Fox Susan Oliver Estes - KABC Support

(D-Wichita) (R-Wichita)

(D-Wichita)

(D-Wichita)

Unopposed

(R-Valley Center)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 91 Emil M. Bergquist - KABC Support

(R-Park City)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 92 John Carmichael - KABC Support (D-Wichita) Patrick McCormack (R-Wichita)

(R-Haysville)

(D-Wichita) (R-Wichita)

45% 55%

36% 64%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 98 Steven G. Crum Ron Howard - KABC Support

(D-Haysville) (R-Wichita)

(D-Andover) (R-Wichita)

39% 61%

James L. Swim Lisa M. Moser

(D-Marysville) (R-Wheaton)

25% 75%

Susan L. Concannon - KABC Support (R-Beloit)

Unopposed

Steven Johnson - KABC Support

(R-Assaria)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 109 (R-Bunker Hill)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 110 (R-Agra)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 111 Eber Phelps (D-Hays) Barb Wasinger - KABC Support (R-Hays)

36% 64%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 112 Tory Marie Arnberger - KABC Support

(R-Great Bend)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 113 42% 58%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 99 Phil Hodson Susan Humphries - KABC Support

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 105

Ken Rahjes - KABC Support

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 97 Kim Webb (D-Wichita) Nick Hoheisel - KABC Support (R-Wichita)

37% 63%

Michelle Snyder (D-Wichita) Brenda Landwehr - KABC Support (R-Wichita)

Troy L. Waymaster - KABC Support 54% 46%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 96 Stephanie Yeager (D-Wichita) Tom Kessler - KABC Support (R-Wichita)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 104

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 108 32% 68%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 95 Tom Sawyer - KABC Support Christopher Parisho

60% 33%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 107 Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 94 Derek Milligan (D-Wichita) Leo G. Delperdang - KABC Support (R-Wichita)

Ponka-We Victors - KABC Support (D-Wichita) Susanne Haynes (R-Wichita)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 106 57% 43%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 93 Brian Bergkamp - KABC Support

50% 50%

Garth Strand (D-Buhler) Paul M. Waggoner - KABC Support (R-Hutchinson)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 90 Steve Huebert - KABC Support

25% 75%

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 103 Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 89 KC Ohaebosim - KABC Support

(D-Goddard) (R-Pretty Prairie)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 102

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 88 Elizabeth Bishop

36% 64%

33% 67%

Brett Fairchild

(R-St. John)

Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 114 Jeff Stroberg Michael Murphy

(D-Hutchinson) (R-Sylvia)

29% 71%

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KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 115 Boyd Orr - KABC Support

(R-Fowler)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 120 Unopposed

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 116 Rick Roitman Kyle D. Hoffman - KABC Support

(D-Wellington) (R-Coldwater)

Adam Smith - KABC Support

(R-Weskan)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 121 22% 78%

James Rexford (D-Olathe) John Resman - KABC Support (R-Olathe)

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 117

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 122

Tatum Lee-Hahn

J. Russell Jennings - KABC Support (R-Lakin)

(R-Ness City)

Elected due to Mastroni’s death in October 2020

Leonard A. Mastroni - KABC Support

(R-LaCrosse)

Unopposed

(R-Scott City)

Unopposed

(D-Dodge City) (R-Dodge City)

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

(R-Garden City)

(R-Ulysses)

Unopposed

Unopposed

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Dan Hawkins

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Elected to the Kansas State House of Representatives in 2013, Ron Ryckman has enjoyed a swift rise to leadership, including a stint as the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and being elected Speaker of the House an unprecedented three times beginning in 2016.

Dan Hawkins believes unchecked government expansion limits our freedom as individuals and hinders the growth of the businesses our state’s economy relies on to thrive. Dan has represented the 100th District in the Wichita area in the Kansas House since 2013, and was elected Majority Leader last year.

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Troy Waymaster

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Ron Highland’s lifelong career in agriculture first began as a young man working on the farm. A retired veterinarian and former research and development specialist for Bayer Animal Health, Highland has served in the legislature since 2013 and has been a strong proponent of agribusiness from the beginning.

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KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 119 Jan Scoggins Bradley C. Ralph - KABC Support

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KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 123 John P. Wheeler Jr. - KABC Support

KANSAS HOUSE - DISTRICT 118 Jim Minnix

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(R) - Bunker Hill KABC Voting Record

Troy Waymaster was born in Russell, Kansas and has lived in Russell County most of his life. He ran for, and won, a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. Beginning in 2017, Troy became Chairman of the Appropriations Committee where he serves as a fiscal watchdog over taxpayer dollars.


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INDUSTRYnews Pilot Program for Younger Drivers Announced

USDOT has announced that it is proposing and seeking public comments on a new pilot program to allow 18 to 20-year-old commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. Source: Asmark Institute

USDOT has announced that it is proposing and seeking public comments on a new pilot program to allow 18 to 20-yearold commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. Under the proposed pilot, the drivers must take part in a 120-hour probationary period and a subsequent 280-hour probationary period. This must be done under an apprenticeship program established by an

employer or the 19-20 year-old driver must have operated CMVs in intrastate commerce for a minimum of one year and 25,000 miles. The pilot program drivers would not be allowed to operate vehicles hauling passengers or hazardous materials or special configuration vehicles. Both KGFA and KARA have signed onto letters supporting this initiative.

Pilot Program to Pause the 14-Hour Driving Window USDOT has proposed a pilot program to allow temporary regulatory relief from the hours-of-service requirement that all driving by drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) be completed within 14 hours after coming on duty. During the pilot program, known as the Split Duty Period Pilot Program, participating CMV drivers would have the option to pause their 14-hour on-duty period (also called a driving window) with one off-duty period of no less than 30 minutes and no more than three hours.

Participation would be limited to a certain number of commercial driver’s license holders who meet the criteria specified for participation. This pilot program seeks to gather statistically reliable evidence whether decisions concerning the timing of such flexibility can be aligned with employers’, shippers’ and receivers’ scheduling preferences to optimize productivity while ensuring safety.

USDOT has proposed a pilot program to allow temporary regulatory relief from the hours-of-service requirement that all driving by drivers of propertycarrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) be completed within 14 hours after coming on duty.

OSHA Conducts the Most Inspections Since 2015

OSHA has released its 2019 Enforcement Summary, which highlights the Agency’s inspection statistics. Source: Asmark Institute

OSHA has released its 2019 Enforcement Summary, which highlights the agency’s inspection statistics. The data shows an uptick of both programmed and unprogrammed inspections. In 2019, OSHA conducted 33,393 inspections, including 18,493 (about 55 percent) unprogrammed inspections based on employee complaints, injuries, fatalities and referrals. The high percentage of unprogrammed inspections indicates that

OSHA continues to devote considerable resources responding to referrals and complaints. Of the 33,393 inspections, about 45 percent were programmed inspections. Programmed inspections focus OSHA’s enforcement resources toward the industries and operations where known hazards exist (e.g., combustible dusts, chemical processing).

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INDUSTRYnews EPA Concludes Registration Review of Triazines

EPA has released interim registration review decisions for atrazine, propazine and simazine.

EPA has released interim registration review decisions for atrazine, propazine and simazine. With this action EPA is finalizing new, stronger protections for both human health and the environment. Health protections include reduced application rates for turf applications and additional Personal Protective Equipment. Look for updated glove statements and for respirators to be required for workers who apply the products.

Environmental protections include adding mandatory spray drift reduction language and herbicide resistance management language to the label requirements. Each registered pesticide must be re-reviewed every 15 years, so EPA will complete the next round of registration reviews for these products by 2035.

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EPA’s dicamba decision and stakeholder updates Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association has learned EPA has announced its decision on approving new five-year registrations for two dicamba products and extending the registration of an additional dicamba product. All three registrations include new control measures to ensure these products can be used effectively while protecting the environment, including non-target plants, animals, and other crops not tolerant to dicamba. “With today’s decision, farmers now have the certainty they need to make plans for their 2021 growing season,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “After reviewing substantial amounts of new information, conducting scientific assessments based on the best available science, and carefully considering input from stakeholders we have reached a resolution that is good for our farmers and our environment.” Through the action, EPA approved new registrations for two “over-the-top” (OTT) dicamba products—XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology and Engenia Herbicide—and extended the registration for an additional OTT dicamba product, Tavium Plus VaporGrip Technology. These registrations are only for use on dicambatolerant (DT) cotton and soybeans and will expire in 2025, providing certainty to American agriculture for the upcoming growing season and beyond. To manage off-site movement of dicamba,

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EPA’s 2020 registration features important control measures, including: Requiring an approved pH-buffering agent (also called a Volatility Reduction Agent or VRA) be tank mixed with OTT dicamba products prior to all applications to control volatility. Requiring a downwind buffer of 240 feet and 310 feet in areas where listed species are located. Prohibiting OTT application of dicamba on soybeans after June 30 and cotton after July 30. Simplifying the label and use directions so that growers can more easily determine when and how to properly apply dicamba. The 2020 registration labels also provide new flexibilities for growers and states. For example, there are opportunities for growers to reduce the downwind spray buffer for soybeans through use of certain approved hooded sprayers as an alternative control method. EPA also recognizes and supports the important authority FIFRA section 24 gives the states for issuing locally appropriate regulations for pesticide use. If a state wishes to expand the federal OTT uses of dicamba to better meet special local needs, the agency will work with them to support their goals. This action was informed by input from state regulators, grower groups, academic researchers, pesticide manufacturers, and others. EPA reviewed substantial amounts of new information and conducted assessments

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association has learned EPA has announced its decision on approving new five-year registrations for two dicamba products and extending the registration of an additional dicamba product.

based on the best available science, including making Effect Determinations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). With this information and input, EPA has concluded that these registration actions meet Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) registration standards. EPA believes that these new analyses address the concerns expressed in regard to EPA’s 2018 dicamba registrations in the June 2020 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Further, EPA concluded that with the control measures now required on labels, these actions either do not affect or are not likely to adversely affect endangered or threatened species.


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Bills are routinely introduced to increase the size of the SWPF by increasing fees on our industry. Your association will continue to oppose any legislation seeking to increase fees on our industry for the state water plan fund, and will seek inclusion of the full statutory $6 million transfer into the state water plan fund from the state general fund.

Continued from Page 16 NET OPERATING LOSSES CARRIED FORWARD In recent years, the legislature has considered a bill to allow net operating losses to be carried forward for 20 years. Currently, net operating losses can be carried forward for 10 years. This is likely to be introduced again, and your association would support such an initiative. PESTICIDE WASTE DISPOSAL PROGRAM Last year, your association helped draft and introduce a bill to allow up to $50,000 from the agricultural chemical remediation reimbursement fund to be used annually for a new Pesticide Waste Disposal Program which would be managed by the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture. The bill made steady progress last year before being stalled out due to the shortened session. HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL SPILL REPORTING In recent years, the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment (KDHE) requested legislation to allow the agency the authority to define reportable quantities and timelines for reporting spills of hazardous chemicals, and to harmonize those quantities and timelines with federal standards. The bill would have also granted KDHE authority to assess civil penalties for failing to timely report hazardous chemical spills. Your association worked with KDHE to amend the bill, which will likely be introduced again this year. UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK FUNDS Last year, the legislature held hearings on three bills concerning the state’s underground petroleum storage tank (UST) 28 Special Edition | Grain and Feed Report & Agribusiness Update

redevelopments funds which are managed by KDHE. One bill would have extended the existence of the UST redevelopment fund and compensation advisory board to 2032. Another bill would have extended the sunset of the aboveground fund and underground fund, and increased the maximum fund reimbursement. A third bill would have extended the expiration of certain reimbursement provisions of the Kansas storage tank act to 2030, and increased the maximum reimbursement for underground storage tank replacement. These bills made progress before being halted during the short session. Your association supports these bills. AIR QUALITY FEES BY KDHE Last year, your association joined with industry stakeholders in testifying on a funding need for the KDHE Bureau of Air Quality. Industry asked the committee to review the Bureau’s budgetary needs after the Bureau informed industry stakeholders that it intended to increase air quality emission fees on Class I and Class II emitters by approximately $1.5 million in 2020 and every year thereafter. Your association also worked with legislators to include language in the budget bill to prohibit KDHE from increasing these fees through June of 2021. STATE WATER PLAN FUND Each year, the agricultural industry pays approximately $6 million into the state water plan fund through pesticide registration fees and fertilizer tonnage inspection fees. Local water districts also submit about $6 million annually into the fund through fees on water users. State law requires $6 million in matching funds from the state general fund, but the full statutory amount has not been funded since 2009. Last year, however, the legislature fully funded the state water plan.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING LIABILITY Last year, the Legislature considered a bill which would limit a business’ exposure to liability from injury to a student participating in a school-sponsored vocational training program at a business worksite. The intent is to cover students during these vocational training activities in the same manner as they would be covered during school-sponsored sports activities. Your association supported this legislation and will do so again. PUBLIC LITIGATION COORDINATION ACT Last year, your association supported legislation that was introduced at the request of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. The bill would have required local units of government to coordinate with the Attorney General in order to enter into a contract for legal services on a contingency fee basis. The bill was intended to allow the state to exercise greater control over large suits where the state or local units of government are plaintiffs, rather than allowing each subordinate unit of government to enter into an independent lawsuit. This legislation will likely be reintroduced, and your association will support the legislation as good public policy. BUDGET CONCERNS IN OUT YEARS State budget projections show the state will be underfunded due to COVID-related negative economic pressures, but also due to mandatory increased payments into the state retirement system (KPERS), increased funding for social services and K-12 education, and the move away from use of state highway funds to cover budgetary needs. To cover these budgetary shortfalls, the legislature may look to add new funding mechanisms on the ag sector through such things as sales taxes on ag services, utilities, and red-dyed diesel fuel; eliminating sales tax exemptions on farm machinery and equipment; creating new excise taxes; removing barriers to property tax increases, and increasing income taxes.


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INDUSTRYnews EPA Releases Draft Biological Evaluation for Glyphosate evaluations are the beginning of EPA’s Endangered Species Act consultation review process for pesticides where the agency determines whether the pesticide “may affect” one or more individuals of a listed species and their designated critical habitats. EPA followed its March 2020 Revised Method for National Level Listed Species Biological Evaluations of Conventional Pesticides to conduct this biological evaluation. As such, EPA used the bestEPA is taking the next step in its regulatory review of glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the United available science, including advanced States, which is used to control a variety of grasses and exposure modeling techniques to estimate broadleaf weeds. exposures to plants in various environments, such as wetlands. EPA is taking the next step in its regulatory review of glyphosate, the most widely used EPA’s draft biological evaluation for herbicide in the United States, which is used glyphosate includes an effects determination to control a variety of grasses and broadleaf for listed species and designated critical weeds. Glyphosate is used on about 298 habitats and finds that glyphosate is likely million acres of agricultural crop land every to adversely affect a significant percent of year and is effective and affordable. endangered species and critical habitats. In Building on EPA’s January 2020 action order to make its “likely to adversely affect” finalizing new mitigation measures for determination, EPA evaluates whether an glyphosate, EPA is releasing its draft individual of a listed species is “reasonably biological evaluation (BE) for glyphosate expected” to be exposed to the pesticide at for public review and comment. Biological a sufficient level that it will have an effect,

and whether that effect will be adverse. The agency will accept public comments on its draft evaluation for 60 days following its release and then will finalize the evaluation. If EPA determines glyphosate may affect a listed species or its critical habitat, the agency will consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (the Services) as appropriate. The Services use the information in EPA’s final biological evaluation to develop their biological opinion to determine if the pesticide jeopardizes the continued existence of the species and whether there is adverse modification to its critical habitat. If jeopardy or adverse modification is determined, the Services, with input from EPA, will propose protection measures. Protection measures could include seeking to change the terms of the pesticide registration to establish either generic or geographically specific pesticide use limitations if the agency determines that limitations are necessary to ensure that legal use of a pesticide will not harm listed species or their critical habitat.

Governor Laura Kelly issues second statewide mask mandate Governor Laura Kelly has announced several new plans to combat the spike in COVID-19 cases, among them a statewide face-covering protocol. This order allows counties one week to create their own version of a mask ordinance or they will automatically come under the governor’s face mask requirements. However, they can still opt out of the order under state law. “As COVID-19 continues to spread through Kansas communities and hospitalizations increase at concerning rates, it is clear we must take action to protect our communities and our economy,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Today’s actions are a bipartisan package of recommendations from legislators, health professionals, and business leaders to increase participation in commonsense COVID-19 prevention practices.” E.O. #20-68 takes effect beginning 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, and will remain in place until rescinded or until the current statewide State of Disaster

Emergency expires – whichever is earlier. “My administration recognizes that each Kansas county is faced with unique challenges – and a one-size-fits-all approach can be difficult for some communities to navigate,” Governor Kelly said. “The order allows local officials one week to craft and implement their own version of a face covering ordinance that works for them and their communities.” Under the order, Kansans shall wear face coverings when inside public spaces, or in situations where physical distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. Guidance regarding specific locations or situations in which face coverings should be worn is outlined within the order. Kansans under five years of age, those with medical conditions, and others outlined in the order are exempt from face covering protocol.

Governor Laura Kelly has announced several new plans to combat the spike in COVID-19 cases, among them a statewide face-covering protocol.

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NO TIES KGFA and KARA staff celebrated the summer months by ditching their ties and dress clothes and hitting the road to see as many members as possible on their annual No Ties Tour. The associations cherish the value of face-to-face time with their members at their place of business and looks forward to the No-Ties tours every year. “Why No Ties?” President and CEO Ron Seeber rhetorically asked. “Because you can learn more and share more in a 30-minute face-to-face meeting at a member’s place of business than any other way.” During the more than 2,000 miles spent on the road, Seeber, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Randy Stookey and Vice President of Event Planning Shari Bennett heard concerns from members about issues ranging from harvest conditions to the political landscape in 2021. The forthright and informed level of input received from members provided invaluable ammunition for the associations to evolve, adapt and serve the needs of its members. “The week on the road reminded me about the best part of working for our association, which is getting to know and work with the exceptional men and women in our industry,” Stookey said.

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ON OFFICE

S TOURS 2,000+ Miles Driven

20+

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“Why No Ties? Because you can learn more and share more in a 30-minute face-to-face meeting at a member’s place of business than any other way.”

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THE EXPO IN PRINT SHARI BENNETT

Vice President | Event Planning Shari Bennett has been with Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association since June 2002. She is responsible for all of the associations’ major meeting & golf tournament planning. She also assists with the Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders Program. She is the staff contact for the Expo Advisory Committee.

DEAR KGFA & KARA

MEMBERS

If you filter through the negative news, you’ll read about the everyday heroes including YOU, the agribusiness industry working sun-up to sun-down to make sure the world continues to eat.

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When the ball dropped at midnight to kick off a new year and decade, no one could have anticipated what the year was about to ring in. Only three months in, 2020 became all about canceling trips, major events and social distancing. Navigating this pandemic is new for all of us, including working from home, protecting loved ones and staying connected to friends. The internet has become a scary place. Instagram and Facebook are no longer a friendly escape to see what friends and loved ones are up to. They’re all too often littered with alarming posts regarding the Sticking with the looking back theme, Shari Bennett (far left) with association pandemic. It’s overwhelming for all of us ... staff Kathy Gardner, Lisa Anschutz and Katharine Slattery at the Kansas Agri and the world at large is going through it Business Expo in 2005. together. But fortunately, with the bad comes the make it a little bit more fun, we’ve also prepared a good. If you filter through the negative news, you’ll small trip down memory lane for you beginning with read about the everyday heroes, including YOU, the the very first Kansas Agri Business Expo in 1986. agribusiness industry working sun-up to sun-down to We value and appreciate your continual support make sure the world continues to eat. of the Kansas Agri Business Expo and are looking Canceling the 2020 Kansas Agri Business Expo forward to our 35th Anniversary in 2021. Here’s for the first time in 34 years did not come lightly for hoping we will be together in person again for this the Kansas Grain and Feed Association and the celebration! Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association boards Thank you for your continued support of the of directors. But with the mass gathering limitations Kansas Agri Business Expo. Have a terrific holiday within the state and business travel restrictions on season! our members, we were left no choice. With this tough decision came the idea of bringing the Kansas Shari Bennett Agri Business Expo trade show to you in print. Our Vice President | Event Planning faithful exhibitors have new product lines to show Kansas Agri Business Expo Manager off, so please take the time to look past this letter and Kansas Grain and Feed Association continue to purchase products from our members. To Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association

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1986

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1992

“BREAKING NEW FRONTIERS”

The 1992 edition of the Kansas Agri Business Expo featured the slogan “Breaking New Frontiers,” stressing the need for the industry to move ahead in developing successful strategies to harness new opportunities. Former Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Sam Brownback provided a keynote address, while former Oklahoma football head coach Barry Swtizer wowed the crowd with a speech rounding out the 1992 show. • KGFA President - David Warrington (Salina) • KARA President - Warren Beavers (Hiawatha) • Keynote: Calvin Coolidge

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1995

“A DECADE OF SUCCESS”

The 10th annual Kansas Agri Business Expo in 1995 celebrated a decade of success and took a closer look at the increased emphasis on regulatory changes and political influence. The K-State singers and the Forester Sisters provided the entertainment, while the show as a whole celebrated a successful 10-year run, while looking forward to the next decade. • KGFA President - Duane Boyd (Offerle) • KARA President - Steve Kruse (Little River) • Entertainment: K-State singers

• Entertainment: The Forester Sisters in Concert • Keynote: Congressman Pat Roberts


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1997

“THE HEART OF AMERICAN AG”

The 1997 Kansas Agri Business Expo provided educational sessions on a few new tools that would change our industry forever - the internet. Looking back nearly 25 years later, it’s almost funny seeing a keynote session titled ‘A surfers’ guide to email and the internet,’ but those types of forward-thinking educational sessions have allowed our industry to progress more than many probably thought possible a quarter of a century ago. • KGFA President - Gary Beachner (Parsons) • KARA President - Roxanne Gutschenritter (Garden Plain) • Keynote: Michael Broome

• Keynote: Surfers’ guide to email and the internet • Introduction of KGFA & KARA websites • Keynote: Senator Sam Brownback


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2001

“THE INDUSTRY STRIKES BACK”

American flags proudly abound, just two short months after the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11, the Kansas Agri Business Expo had a definite patriotic feel. With special patriotic slides interspersed throughout the event, attendees and exhibitors both were glad to attend the show and put the world’s troubles on the backburner for a few short days. • KGFA President - Chuck Elsea (Salina) • KARA President - Keith Karnes (Oakley) • A Star Wars themed Expo

• Keynote: Senator Pat Roberts • Keynote: Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius



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2003

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2003’s theme of ‘The Big Picture,’ taking the time to appreciate even the small, monotonous things in life, sadly rang true as the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association sadly lost its chairman of the board, Max Sudbeck in July. In the Expo’s official program, Max was fondly remembered as a quiet giant in the industry who was thorough, painstaking, systematic, hardworking and careful with particulars and procedures. Max definitely embodied ‘The Big Picture.’ • KGFA Chairman - Dennis Bedore (Stockton) • KARA President - Larry Shivers (Salina) • Entertainment: Gleason Magic Industry Night

• In Memoriam: Max Sudbeck • Keynote: Jerry Rifenbary The following is an excerpt taken from the 2003 Kansas Agri Business Expo program ... Max was a quiet giant in our industry. He used the following words to describe himself in his application for the 1998 Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders program. I am very strong technically in the agronomy area. I am thorough, painstaking, systematic, hardworking and careful with particulars and procedures. I do not enter into things impulsively, but once committed, am very hard to distract or discourage. I would rather be cautious than brash, conventional than bold. Consistency is a virtue. I try to be careful in thought, deed and action.

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We’ll end our reminiscing on the 2018 Kansas Agri Business Expo, a favorite among the editors of this magazine for its comprehensive ‘Surviving & Thriving’ theme as well as the keynote address from Ronald Reagan’s son, Michael Reagan. Two years in the rear-view, as of December 2020, the Kansas Agri Business Expo, although paused for a year, is still surviving. Let’s make sure it’s thriving in 2021. • KGFA President - Glen Hofbauer (Overland Park) • KARA President - Clark Pearson (Reading) • Keynote: Michael Reagan

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