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Summer 2018 Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association 816 SW Tyler Topeka, KS 66612 (785) 234-0463 ksagretailers.org ASSOCIATION STAFF Ron Seeber President & CEO Randy Stookey Senior Vice President General Counsel Staci Storey Vice President Chief Financial Officer Shahira Stafford Vice President Government Affairs Shari Bennett Vice President Event Planning Samantha Tenpenny Director of Member Services Lisa Anschutz Senior Director of Internal Operations Mitzi Dodds Executive Administrative Professional Trae Green Director of Communications and Marketing

CONTENTS

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President’s Letter What Can We Do to Better Serve You? Industry News Updates on Issues Affecting You Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders Class Marches on Capitol Hill Kansas Applicator Institute 7th KAI Draws Applicators to Hutchinson

Jim Grilliot Rachel Hurley Scott Morris O.J. Pearl Johnny Schaben Dave Spears Kevin Tomka Mark Wegner Dave Wilcox

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Member News See Who Joined KARA KARA Board of Directors Thank You to our Volunteer Leaders KARA Committees Thank You to our Volunteer Leaders

KARA Annual Meeting Members Enjoy Themselves in Manhattan

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Clark Pearson Chairman Lance Nelson Vice Chairman Dustin Kuntz 2nd Vice Chairman Gary Beachner Scott Boyd Brian Bucl Troy Coon Kevin Dieckmann Justin Foss Bryan French Bill Garner Tim Giesick

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Industry News Updates on Issues Affecting You

Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders Class Marches on Capitol Hill

Kansas Applicator Institute 7th KAI Draws Applicators to Hutchinson

The Kansas Agribusiness Update is published quarterly for the members, friends and affiliates of the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association. Email contributions to: Trae Green, trae@kansasag.org. The KARA team welcomes your comments, contributions and suggestions. Annual subscriptions for members can be purchased for $25.00. © 2018 KARA. Read this newsletter online at www. ksagretailers.org/printnewsletters.


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What Can We Do to Better Serve You?

Ronald Seeber President & CEO

As your staff, we must consistently introduce fresh, new and sometimes wild ideas to keep the interest of our membership.”

Dear KARA Members As the President and CEO of the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association, I ask myself a simple question every day, “Are the goods and services KARA provides to its members relevant to their industry?” The answer is always a simple, “They better be.” KARA and its predecessors have been operating with success for more than 60 years. This shows that KARA’s value to the agribusiness industry has been done right, at the right time, for a long time. Was it an easy road? No. All roads have pot holes, roadblocks and most are under construction at some point. KARA is no exception. As your staff, we must consistently introduce fresh, new and sometimes wild ideas to keep the interest of our membership. We must keep up with an ever-evolving industry and provide a return on investment that matches and exceeds any other alternative. Add to that, we must create income streams to keep the doors open, and cover payroll, insurance and overhead. I hold that the main ingredient for continued success is relevance. KARA grows by addressing relevance, thinking and implementing new ideas, programs, products and services that will advance our industry to the next level.

Whether it be taking a new approach to our membership training and education, the Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leader’s program, nurturing and growing relationships at the statehouse, offering scholarships to our future workforce, providing venues to network and seal deals, addressing new technologies and trends, or to contribute a powerful united voice to break down barriers, your KARA team aspires to enhance your bottom line and make a positive difference for you and your customers. The word history (c.1550) of “relevant” means “pertinent to the matter at hand.” That succinctly describes your KARA staff’s desire every day to serve our members. However, that cannot be enhanced without your assistance in the way of ideas, participation in events and other forms of support. And for that, I am blessed to have a board and membership that is a strong partner in this endeavor to change and adapt. To not remain relevant is to perish, to evolve is to thrive. Thank you for your membership and support.

Ronald Seeber President and CEO

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INTERIM LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY ISSUES State Budget Positive

Transportation Task Force

Tax receipts for fiscal year 2018 (ended June 30) were $1.214 billion – or 21.5 percent more than the previous year. A large income tax increase was passed during the 2017 session. We are seeing a slight leveling off slightly in fiscal year 2019. As of September 30, tax receipts were up 11.24 percent from this time last year. No tax increases were passed during the 2018 session. The Consensus Revenue Estimating group will meet in November to set the benchmark for the new Governor’s budget and spending during the 2019 session.

August 6 was the first of 10 meetings across the state to plan the next 10-year state transportation plan. The agricultural community has been encouraged to submit testimony. The Kansas Department of Transportation received $2 billion less than expected in T-WORKS, which has resulted in 21 delayed projects. A report to the Legislature is due by January 31, 2019.

School Finance - Constitutional Amendment The Kansas Legislature approved $818 million over six years in additional K-12 funding. Property tax is the last leg of the tax stool for any future increases. There was an effort at the end of the 2018 session to push for a constitutional amendment to Article 6. The constitutional amendment would grant the Legislature full authority on appropriation to schools. The Kansas Supreme Court would

retain jurisdiction over equitable distribution, however, protecting rural schools. The Kansas Coalition for Fair Funding in support of the constitutional amendment includes the following groups: Kansas Grain and Feed Association, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Chamber, Kansas Contractors Association, and the Petroleum Marketers Association of Kansas.

The June decision in the Gannon v. State lawsuit allowed for schools to remain open but charged the Legislature to find additional funding during the 2019 session, with a deadline being April 15. It’s estimated that inflationary adjustments alone could cost an additional $80-$120 million annually.

Tax Policies on the Horizon Legislation is expected in 2019, which will decouple Kansas from several provisions in the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (repatriation, GILTI, interest expense limitations, capital contributions, FDIC premiums) to return the “windfall” to individual and corporate tax payers and not the state coffers. Legislation is also expected in 2019 to address small business expensing

and allow LLC write-offs. $75 million is expected if Kansas begins taxing internet sales. However, the Kansas Department of Revenue claims it lacks the resources to enforce accurate taxing jurisdictions. Stakeholders are looking at model legislation in other states. 2019 could be the year to push for single factor apportionment and allow corporations with a multi-state presence to elect

for single factor sales rather than the current multi-factor requirement. Gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach is touting his two-part tax proposal to amend the current property tax lid and bring county appraisers under the state.

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TAL Class

MARCHES On Capitol Hill

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In July, the Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders (TAL) class traveled to Washington D.C. for their second of three sessions, where they gained invaluable experience and contacts that will help them grow professionally and add value to their respective companies, the industry and associations. The trip began with an extensive tour of Washington’s historical monuments, from the Lincoln Memorial to Arlington Cemetery, to Mount Vernon; The 2018 TAL class and board members with longtime United States Senator, Pat Roberts. followed by a private evening tour Thank you to all of the sponsors of the TAL program. Your of the United States Capitol by Kansas contributions allow class members to participate in this Congressman Ron Estes. special and important experience with little expense of The class received detailed briefings on federal issues from KARA’s national affiliates prior to lobbying members of their own. the Kansas Congressional Delegation on topics important to To view a full photo gallery of the TAL class in agribusiness. They also had the special opportunity to meet Washington, D.C., visit ksagretailers.org/legislativeadvocacy/tomorrows-agribusiness-leaders/. one-on-one with United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Greg Ibach, who leads USDA’s marketing and regulatory programs.

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Management Development Closes 2018 Program The Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders (TAL) class completed their final session of the year on September 7 in Wichita. Dr. Don Hackett with Wichita State University’s Center for Management Development presented his well-known crash course on the fundamentals of management development. A working lunch with State Senators Dan Kerschen (R-Garden Plain) and Ty Masterson (R-Andover) gave class members the opportunity to learn first-

hand what it takes to engage in grassroots political campaigns, as well becoming a candidate themselves if they choose. The session wrapped up with presentations by Chairman Clark Pearson and Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s Second Vice Chair Deb Miller on how to hit your mark as a volunteer leader. The 2018 TAL class will graduate on Thursday, Nov. 15, during the Kansas Agri Business Expo’s awards breakfast.

Recruiting for Next Batch of Leaders The TAL program is jointly coordinated with the Kansas Grain and Feed Association and is designed to improve the leadership skills of Kansas agribusiness men and women through increasing their understanding of the association’s mission and activities, teaching the state and federal legislative process, improving leadership and communication skills and preparing members for possible public service through campaigns or public office. Five of the best and brightest members from each association are chosen to participate in three sessions throughout the year, with graduation held during the Kansas Agri Business Expo in November. The program is designed to: Increase member understanding and knowledge of the programs, services and representation provided by KARA and KGFA; Increase member understanding of the state and federal legislative process; Increase member understanding and awareness of the various state and federal agencies that provide oversight of the agribusiness industry in Kansas; Improve member leadership and communication skills through professional development sessions and; Prepare members for possible public service through involvement in political campaigns and holding of public office.

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Session I - January 29-30, Topeka

An introduction to the legislative and regulatory arena in Kansas with legislative leaders and Kansas Department of Agriculture staff.

Session II - July 14-18 or July 21-25, Washington, DC (Dates subject to congressional schedule) Personal visits with Kansas Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill; visit National Agribusiness Associations/Organizations headquarters; visit historical sites.

Session III - September 6, Wichita

Developing an informed and confident agribusiness leader; business leadership development and political activities.

A tuition of $400 per participant covers some program costs. However, the majority of the TAL program is underwritten by corporations and friends of the agribusiness industry. These companies support the TAL program through financial support as well as in-kind contributions. There are nearly 200 proud TAL alumni that are movers and shakers in their companies and communities because of this program. If you’d like to join this exclusive group of industry leaders, we invite you to apply for the 2019 class online at ksagretailers.org. The deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.


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PATRON SPONSORS

BUILDER SPONSORS

DONOR SPONSORS

BASF Crop Protection CoBank CHS Inc. Coffeyville Resources Heartland Ag Helena Chemical Company John Deere CAD Dealers MKC Monsanto Nutrien Ag Solutions Rosen’s Inc.

ADM Fertilizer Allied Environmental Consultants Inc. Beachner Grain Inc. CGB Fertilizer FMC Gavilon Fertilizer LLC J.B. Pearl Sales & Service, Inc. Morrill Elevator, Inc. Offerle Coop

AGChoice/MFA Agrilead Inc. American Implement, Inc. Bartlett Coop Assn. Central Valley Ag EGE Products Fairbank Equipment, Inc. Frontier Ag, Inc. Kansas Cooperative Council Kiser Ag Service LLC Midwest Laboratories, Inc. Miller Elevator Inc. Nemaha County Coop The Ottawa Cooperative Assn. Pinnacle Agriculture Pride Ag Resources Riggins Ag Rural Jobs Coalition Simplot One

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TOMORROW’S AGRIBUSINESS LEADERS FOUNDER SPONSOR

PATRON SPONSORS

BUILDER SPONSORS

KFSA

Agrilead Inc. MFA/AGChoice Winfield United

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Dr. Kevin Donnelly teaches attendees about weed identification at the 7th annual Kansas Applicator Institute held on August 8-9 in Hutchinson.

Rain Doesn’t Dampen 7th KAI Despite rain showers during the popular ride-and-drive where attendees test out the newest precision agriculture equipment, more than 100 members attended the Kansas Applicator Institute in Hutchinson on August 8-9. The two-day session was filled with interactive learning, full 1A-Pest Management/Ag Plant recertification, CCA CEU credits and exhibits and equipment demonstrations. KARA would like to extend a special thank you to the companies who exhibited: B&B Engine Lube Systems; BASF, CapstanAg; Fairbank Equipment; Heartland Ag; Helena Chemical Company; Hypro, Pentair; John Deere; Lang Diesel Inc.; Rosen’s Inc.; and Servi-Tech Inc. Presentations were given by David Klahr, KFSA; Derek Hommer; Nationwide Insurance; Katie Demers, BASF; Brent Bean, Sorghum Checkoff; Dr. Kevin Whitworth and Holly Davis; Gary James, Hypro/Pentair; Dr. Kevin Donnelly, K-State Agronomy; Jamie Baumgardner, Corteva Agriscience; and Kent Spor, KDA.

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Former KARA Chairman Kevin Brady (right) was presented the Distinguished Service Award by Mike Shirley.

Agribusiness Industry on Manhattan

CONVERGES

The 2018 KARA Annual Meeting enjoyed a large gathering in Manhattan at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Conference Center on August 27-28. We were honored to have United States Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall as our guest during the Monday evening reception. Attendees gathered around with plates of heavy appetizers to listen to Kansas’ 1st District representative. Marshall discussed the Farm Bill and several different issues affecting agriculture. On Tuesday morning, following a comprehensive review of what KARA provided its members in 2017, Chairman Clark Pearson awarded his preceding chairman, Kevin Brady, with the highest honor KARA bestows - the Distinguished Service Award. Brady joined several committees and was appointed to KARA’s board of directors in 1997. In 1998, he made 12

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history as part of the inaugural Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders class. A valuable asset to KARA, Brady dedicated nine years to the KARA board and stepped down for a short year before being persuaded to serve on the KARA executive committee in 2011, completing his service to the board as chairman in 2017. Following Brady’s recognition, the administrator of EPA Region 7, Jim Gulliford shared tips and advice for working with EPA representatives. Following Gulliford, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schimdt addressed the group on his office’s latest efforts to permanently end human trafficking in Kansas. We hope to see you again next year at the 2019 KARA Annual Meeting.


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Previous Distinguished Service Winners:

The award is presented annually to someone who has exhibited qualities of leadership, service and merit to the benefit of the association and the agribusiness industry. 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997

Kevin Brady Aaron Harries Mike Schaffter Laura Pearl Roger Long Ford West Jerry Martin Lana O’Connor No Award Presented Keith Karnes Doyle Pearl Steve Kruse Chuck Kuntz Larry Shivers Doug Wareham Jim Lee Jamie Clover Adams Mel Steinlage Johnny Schaben Mike Fraser Dale Labmley Harold Henry

EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford addressed the crowd.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt presented to the group. United States Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall (center) speaks with Randy Stookey (left) and Johnny Schaben.

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Regulatory Process Governor Colyer appointed former Kansas legislator Tom Arpke as the State Regulatory Ombudsman, a new cabinet-level position. Arpke will serve as regulatory liaison between business and regulators to discuss existing and proposed regulations. His first piece of business was to meet with agencies and business organizations regarding House Bill 2280, which the Legislature passed

during the 2018 session. The new law provides stricter guidelines for the rule-making process, and requires the director of budget to review and approve the economic impact statements of proposed regulations. The bill imposes a new requirement on executive branch agencies when adopting or amending regulations. The law requires the agency to submit a more thorough economic

impact statement. The economic impact statement must identify which business sectors would be affected and requires those business sectors to be consulted prior to passage of the regulation. Staff testified and lobbied in support of the bill, and Governor Colyer signed it into law at the KARA office earlier this summer.

FMCSA Seeks Public Comment on Revising HOS Regulations On Friday, August 24, 2018, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service (HOS) regulations on commercial truck drivers. An Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) will be published in the Federal Register responding to widespread Congressional, industry,

and citizen concerns. The FMCSA will seek feedback from the public to determine if HOS revisions may alleviate unnecessary burdens placed on drivers while maintaining safety on our nation’s highways and roads. The comment period will be open for 30 days. In addition, the ANPRM seeks public comment and relevant data on two recently submitted petitions requesting regulatory relief from

The four specific areas under consideration for revision are:

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Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.

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Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving.

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Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions.

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Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers.

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HOS rules (1) pertaining to the 14hour on-duty limitation (filed by the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association) and (2) pertaining to the 10-hour off-duty requirement (filed by TruckerNation). Earlier this year, the congressionally mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, which required most FMCSA-regulated motor carriers to convert their records from paper to an electronic format, became effective. While compliance with the ELD rule has reached nearly 99 percent across the trucking industry, it has also brought focus to HOS regulations, especially with regard to certain regulations having a significant impact on agriculture and other sectors of trucking.


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ASABE Lighting and Markings Standards Committee In June 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published final regulations governing lighting and marking for agricultural equipment. The DOT regulations adopt the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Standard 279.14, or any successor, as a new national minimum standard. This federal regulation supercedes existing state standards regarding lighting and marking for agricultural equipment. Manufacturers were required to be in compliance with the ASABE standards no later than June 22, 2017. These new DOT regulations were the result of a provision included by Congress in the MAP-21 highway reauthorization bill. This provision was included in the legislation at the request of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

As new agricultural equipment is being sold by manufacturers, some problems have arisen related to anhydrous ammonia nurse tank trailers. The main issues relate to maintenance upkeep costs due to rough field conditions and corrosive properties of ammonia; required to maintain supplies of connectors for farmers with differing lighting connection systems; lack of acceptance of new nurse tank trailers with lights and impact on farmer customer relations; and potential compliance / state enforcement issues. More detailed explanations are included in the attached memo for your review and consideration. On July 30, 2018, Jean Payne and John Rebholz of IFCA will be presenting before the ASABE’s Anhydrous Ammonia and Lighting

and Markings Committees to discuss this issue and recommend the ASABE Standard 279.14 or rather its successor, standard 279.17, be modified to exempt anhydrous ammonia nurse tank trailers from this standard. ARA has been working with IFCA, ARA equipment manufacturer members, ASABE, and AEM to develop a consensus proposal to favorably resolve this issue. With an estimated 200,000 anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks in operation in the United States, these new standards could have a growing and negative impact on the industry. The proposed revisions to the ASABE Standards 279.17 would have no impact on other trailers or selfpropelled agricultural equipment.

Mid America CropLife Elects 2018-19 Leaders St. Louis, MO The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) held its annual business meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, and elected officers for 2018-2019. KARA’s senior vice president and general counsel, Randy Stookey, serves as the state association board position on the MACA board. The group also filled several board of director positions at the September 6 meeting. New officers are President Paul Edsten, FMC; Vice President Tim Riley, AMVAC Chemical Company and Secretary/Treasurer Rick Welder, Spectrum Technologies. Gunther Kreps, Nutrien Ag Solutions, will serve

as immediate past president. Elected to three-year board of director terms were: Susan Macy, Valent USA; Lindsey Jackson, Corteva

Agriscience™ Agriculture Division of DowDuPont ™ and Brian Clark, Schuetz Container Systems, Inc.

2018-19 MACA board members and officers at MACA’s annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa in September. Summer 2018

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DHS Issues Flyer on CFATS Reporting The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a streamlined resource to help facilities become more aware of their anhydrous reporting requirements under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). The flyer is intended to clarify that any facility that possesses 10,000 pounds or more of NH3 must report their chemical holdings to DHS. There are no changes to CFATS policy or reporting requirements. The inserted flier will provide more detailed information.

2018 Field Days Draw Large Crowd In July, KSU Field Days brought an astounding 131 agronomy professionals to the North Agronomy Farm on July 10-13 to learn all about herbicide efficacy and injury, crop insect pests, crop diseases, weed identification, environmental and water quality, soil fertility, soil and nutrient management and soybean focused lessons.

OSHA Releases Official Notice for Regional Emphasis Programs KARA received official notice from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that Regions 6 and 7 are under Regional

OSHA announced a Regional Emphasis Program to address hazards from fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate and agricultural anhydrous ammonia.

Emphasis Programs (REPs) to address hazards from exposure to fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (FGAN) and agricultural anhydrous ammonia. The REPs will apply to all facilities in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. According to the news release, the 16

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purpose of this Notice is to establish a Regional Emphasis Program (REP) to reduce injuries, illnesses and fatalities related to workers’ exposures in fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (FGAN) and agricultural anhydrous ammonia mixing/blending, storage, and distribution facilities. Workers employed in the fertilizer storage, mix/ blend, and distribution industry face many hazards that can lead to serious injury, illness, and death, including fire, explosions, and hazardous chemicals. The intent of this Regional Emphasis Program is to encourage employers to take steps to address hazards, evaluate facilities to determine if the employer is in compliance with all relevant OSHA requirements, and to help employers correct hazards, thereby reducing potential worker injuries, illnesses, and deaths. OSHA in Region VII proposes to accomplish this through outreach and enforcement activities. Outreach activities will include letters to employers, training sessions with stakeholders, electronic informationsharing activities, public service

announcements, and news release broadcasts. Enforcement activities will begin not earlier than three months after outreach is initiated and will include, but not be limited to, the inspection and review of production operations, and working conditions; injury and illness records; safety and health programs; and chemical handling and use, to identify and obtain corrections of workplace hazards at all applicable inspection sites.

OSHA announced a Regional Emphasis Program to address hazards from fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate and agricultural anhydrous ammonia.


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MEMBERSHIP NEWS Welcome New Members Thanks to the reputation of our membership and industry, KARA continues to grow and provide useful products and services for agribusiness retailers. Please welcome AgSource Laboratories (Lincoln, Neb.) and Northern Ag Suppliers (Smithville, Mo.) to our family.

Stueve Construction LLC Algona, Iowa

Tax Favored Benefits, Inc. Overland Park, Kansas

Compass Minerals Odessa, Missouri

Meridian Ag Distribution Hays, Kansas

Inaugural Kansas CCA Annual Meeting Coming to Hays

Tell Us How We Can Better Serve You Ron Seeber | Ron@Kansasag.org President & CEO Randy Stookey | Randy@Kansasag.org Senior Vice President and General Counsel Staci Storey | Staci@Kansasag.org Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Shahira Stafford | Shahira@kansasag.org Vice President of Government Affairs Shari D. Bennett | Shari@Kansasag.org Vice President of Event Planning Samantha Tenpenny | Samantha@Kansasag.org Director of Member Services Lisa A. Anschutz | Lisa@Kansasag.org Senior Director of Internal Operations

The Kansas Certified Crop Adviser Board of Directors will be hosting their inaugural Annual Meeting event at the Smoky Hill Country Club on December 4 – the evening before KARA’s CEU Bonus Session at the KSU Ag Research Center, also in Hays! Open to all KARA members and Certified Crop Advisors, this event is free of charge and commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Kansas CCA program. Tenured Kansas CCAs who boast five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service will be recognized. We hope to see you there! December 4 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Smoky Hill Country Club 3303 Hall Street Hays, Kansas

Mitzi Dodds | Mitzi@Kansasag.org Executive Administrative Professional Trae Green | Trae@Kansasag.org Director of Communications and Marketing Summer 2018

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CLARK

PEARSON

Pearson Chairman

Miller Elevator Inc.

SCOTT

BOYD

Boyd

NELSON

Nelson

DUSTIN

KUNTZ

Kuntz Beachner Board Member

Alliance Ag & Grain, LLC

Harveyville Seed Co., Inc.

Beachner Grain

BRYAN

BUCL

Bucl

TROY

COON

Coon

Board Member

Koch Fertilizer Company

Nutrien Ag Solutions

Gavilon Fertilizer

Foss

Board Member Pinnacle Agriculture Agribusiness Update

BEACHNER

Second Vice Chairman

Board Member

FOSS

GARY

Vice Chairman

Board Member

JUSTIN

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BRYAN

FRENCH

French Board Member Frontier Ag

BILL

GARNER

Garner Board Member AGChoice

KEVIN

DIECKMANN

Dieckmann Board Member Winfield United

TIM

GIESICK

Giesick Board Member Garden City Coop


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JIM

GRILLIOT

Grilliot Board Member

Midwest Laboratories, Inc.

JOHNNY

SCHABEN

RACHEL

HURLEY

Hurley Board Member Monsanto

DAVE

SPEARS

Schaben Spears Board Member

Board Member

Golden Valley, Inc.

MKC

SCOTT

MORRIS

Morris

WILCOX

Wilcox Board Member

PEARL

Pearl

Board Member

Board Member

KFSA

J.B. Pearl Sales and Service

TOMKA

MARK

KEVIN

Tomka Board Member

Corteva Agriscience

Thank

DAVE

O.J.

YOU

KARA Board for

WEGNER

Wegner Board Member

ADM Wholesale Fertilizer

committing to professional development and business viability for the plant nutrient and crop protection industry.

Central Valley Ag

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LEGISLATIVE Committee

Name Organization Lance Nelson

Alliance Ag & Grain, LLC

Troy Coon

Gavilon Fertilizer, LLC

Chris Droge Syngenta Matt Francis

Committees

SHAHIRA

STAFFORD

Legislative Contact Vice President of Government Affairs

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Nickerson Assaria Leon

Bill Garner AGChoice

Weir

Jim Grilliot

Midwest Laboratories, Inc.

J.R. Isch

Morrill Elevator Inc.

Dustin Kuntz

YOU

Haviland

Fleming Feed & Grain Co.

Michael Keiser CPS

Thank

City

Harveyville Seed Co., Inc.

Erik Lange MKC

Hesston Morrill Pratt Harveyville Moundridge

Brian Linin

Frontier Ag Inc.

Goodland

Chase Mareth

ADM Grain Co.

Overland Park

Roland Martin

Pawnee County Coop Assn.

Scott Morris KFSA

Larned Hutchinson

Andrew Ochampaugh

Agrilead, Inc.

Doyle Pearl

J.B. Pearl Sales and Service

Clark Pearson

Miller Elevator Inc.

Johnny Schaben

Golden Valley Inc.

Joe Schauf

Central Prairie Coop

Mike Shirley

Winfield United

Michael Spade

Harveyville Seed Co., Inc.

John Watts

Winfield United

Council Grove

Mark Wegner

ADM Wholesale Fertilizer

Overland Park

Randy Whisenhunt

Ag Serice Inc.

Dave Wilcox

Central Valley Ag Coop

Brian Winkler

Nemaha County Coop Assn.

Doug Wright MKC

Russell St. Marys Reading Great Bend Sterling Oakley Harveyville

Hillsboro Beloit Seneca Moundridge


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Kansas Agri Business

EXPO Committee

Name Organization Johnny Schaben

Golden Valley Inc.

Don Breit

Allied Environmental Consultants

Chris Droge Syngenta Bill Garner AGChoice

City Great Bend Wichita Assaria Weir

Tim Giesick

Garden City Coop

Jim Grilliot

Midwest Laboratories, Inc.

J.R. Isch

Morrill Elevator Inc.

Morrill

Roland Martin

Pawnee County Coop

Larned

Doyle Pearl

J.B. Pearl Sales and Service

Steve Taylor

Fairbank Equipment, Inc.

Dave Wilcox

Central Valley Ag Coop

Beloit

Craig Zwick

B.Z. Bee Inc.

Lyons

Garden City Hesston

St. Marys Wichita

SHARI

BENNETT

Bennett Expo Contact

Vice President of Event Planning

DID YOU

KNOW? In 1986, President Ronald Reagan wrote a letter congratulating the Kansas Agri Business Expo on its first convention and wished it success for years to come. Now, 32 years later, President Reagan’s son, Michael, is the keynote speaker at this year’s event. Summer 2018

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MEMBERSHIP & TRAINING Committee

SAMANTHA

TENPENNY

Tenpenny Membership Contact

Director of Member Services

Name Organization Roger Long Rosen’s Inc. Greg Hudec Bayer Cropscience Jeff Kahle CHS Agronomy Center Michael Keiser CPS Kevin Kirkwood Lone Pine Ag Service, Inc. Brian Linin Frontier Ag Inc. Jami Loecker Syngenta Romulo Lollato K-State Brian Norton Syngenta Clark Pearson Miller Elevator Inc. Justin Rowan Golden Valley, Inc. Bob Stewart Helena Chemical Co. Peter Tomlinson K-State Tom Watkins Poole Chemical John Watts Winfield United Jeff Williams Ag Partners Coop Inc.

City Great Bend Manhattan Quinter Pratt Lecompton Goodland Manhattan Manhattan Girard Reading Larned Goodland Manhattan Holcomb Council Grove Sabetha

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SCHOLARSHIP Name Organization Robin Pitman Midwest Fertilizer Inc. Scott Anderson KFSA Lawrence Baxa Pride Ag Resources Andrew Blubaugh Monsanto Justin Foss Pinnacle Agriculture Mark Hanson Van Diest Supply Co. Erik Lange MKC Roger Long Rosen’s Inc. O.J. Pearl J.B. Pearl Sales and Service Michael Spade Harveyville Seed Co., Inc.

Committee City Berryton Hutchinson Dodge City Burrton Edson Wichita Moundridge Great Bend St. Marys Harveyville

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Summer 2018

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