Kansas Agribusiness Update Fall 2018

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Fall 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


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President’s Letter Thank You for Food, Clothes and Fermented Beverages Why Ag Must Fight for 5G The Need for Telecommunications Industry News Updates on Issues Affecting You Thank You Donors Scholarship Auction Raises Nearly $14,000

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

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Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders 2019 Class Announced Legislative Action Day Agribusiness Day at the Statehouse KARB Update Where Your Funds are Going

We Didn’t Just Survive, We Thrived The 33rd Kansas Agri Business Expo

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 Jim Grilliot

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Anticipated Legislative Issues The Session is Just Around the Corner

Why Ag Must Fight for 5G The Need for Telecommunications

We Didn’t Just Survive, We Thrived The 33rd Kansas Agri Business Expo

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.


Thank You for Food, Clothes and Fermented Beverages

Ronald Seeber President & CEO

When you think about it, it is fascinating and frustrating how much our fickle human race takes for granted the gifts our industry provides to ensure their survival.”

Dear KARA Members Reflecting on my first year on the job as President and CEO of the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association, I have to say without any hesitancy I feel truly blessed. I have the privilege of serving honorable members in a noble profession. Also, let’s face it, without our industry and agriculture in general, the human race would not exist. That is a pretty lofty mission as well. The immortal words of Dean Vernon Wormer from the classic movie “Animal House” said it best: “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” To be blunt, I am glad our industry gave the members of the fictional Delta Tau Chi fraternity the tools to make their college experience all it could be. Without the food, fiber, fuel and good people of agribusiness, John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky would be “starving, naked and sober,” the toga party would be a bust and Fawn Leibowitz would have died for nothing. That would not only make for a depressing storyline and poor ticket sales, but John Belushi’s success would have been derailed, and he may have lived to a ripe old age. Aside from recollecting that

I had a misspent youth watching morally depraved movies, I do have a point. When you think about it, it is fascinating and frustrating how much our fickle human race takes for granted the gifts our industry provides to ensure their survival. Rather, first-world humans tend to focus on the woes of the Kardashians, whether their pancakes are GMO free, or if their underwear is made from organic Egyptian cotton woven by unionized oompa loompas. As we wrap up this year, be proud of what you do to feed, clothe and provide the world with fermented beverages. If it weren’t for you - as pioneers of agribusiness - the poor Kardashian-loving, organic cotton-wearing citizens would be nothing but starving, naked and sober sad pieces of humanity. Now on a serious note ... Merry Christmas and have an incredible new year!

Ronald Seeber President and CEO

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Why Ag Must Fight for Each company representing agribusiness— from the retailers who provide the fertilizers and seed, to those who manufacture equipment—in some way depends on the internet to do business. A major technological advance directly impacting agriculture is the introduction of what is commonly referred to as “smart agriculture.” “Smart ag” is the term used to describe the internet-enabled devices that are now available to help farmers and ranchers collect data to help them do their jobs more efficiently. Smart ag devices require the use of the internet to relay

5G data from where it is gathered back to the farmers, ranchers and researchers who assess it and use it to make decisions on where and when to irrigate crops, or to check on the health of livestock. These devices are only as effective as a broadband connection allows them to be. As we all know, internet connections in rural Kansas can be spotty and inconsistent. This is why 5G is critical to the industry. 5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology, leading to quicker downloads and a more powerful network. As smart ag Continued on Page 6


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INTERIM LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY ISSUES Board Adopts Policy Positions for Association During its November meeting, the KARA Board of Directors – after approval and recommendation by the Legislative Committee – adopted policy position statements on a number of legislative and regulatory issues. The document is to be a guide for staff, members and legislators looking to see where the agribusiness industry stands on a wide range of agricultural topics.

It is meant to be a living and breathing document, adapting to evolution within the industry and association. An overview list of the adopted policy positions is below. If you’d like a complete copy of the 2019-2020 KARA Policy Position Statements, please email Shahira Stafford at shahira@kansasag.org.

§ Agency Funding

§ Regulatory Burden and Process

§ Agriculture in the Classroom

§ Unmanned Aerial Systems

§ Biotechnology

§ Unmanned Ground Vehicles

§ Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

§ Water Protection

§ Containment of Liquid Fertilizer and Agricultural Products

§ Workers Compensation

§ Contamination Remediation Reimbursement

§ Workforce Training

§ Environmental Protection

§ Scrap Metal Theft

§ Environmental Regulations and Remediation Standards

§ State OSHA

§ Environmental Voluntary Audits

§ State Water Plan

§ Fee Fund Integrity

§ Supplemental Environmental Programs

§ Fees

§ Sustainable Agriculture

§ Fertilizer Constituent Standards

§ Taxes

§ Food Disparagement § Food Quality Protection Act § Free Market § Government Competition with the Private Sector § Highway Funding § Home Rule § Homeland Security § Immigration § Initiative and Referendum § KSU Extension Office

HOMELAND SECURITY Ammonium Nitrate is a fertilizer used throughout the state for pasture and cropland Nitrogen needs, and improved growth of grasslands in the Flint Hills. KARA supports regulation of Ammonium Nitrate as a restricted use product and has cooperated with the Department of Homeland Security to reduce the threat of agribusiness products being used by terrorists.

§ Noxious Weed Law § Organic Food Labeling § Pesticide Disposal and Container Recycling § Pesticide Management Areas § Private Property Rights § Railroad Leasing Act Fall 2018



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Tests resulted in download speeds of less than 5 Megabits per second.

devices and other Internet of Things (IoT) technologies continue to proliferate, high-speed 5G networks with the capacity to handle vast numbers of connected devices will become even more essential in rural areas. In an effort to fight for service providers to supply improved highspeed coverage for rural Kansas, Kansas Farm Bureau challenged the legitimacy of coverage maps from various cellular carriers. Farm Bureau encouraged its membership to conduct more than 6,000 tests – 2,600 of which met the required Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines including samples outside a building or vehicle, no-Wi-Fi usage, location enabled and manually initiated. The results of the tests put Kansas’ lack of cell phone coverage on the FCC’s radar as nearly 1,600 results reported download speeds of less than 5 Mbps per second – well below the threshold of adequate service. In fact, mobile LTE broadband deployments reaching 10 Mbps download speeds to rural communities


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have flattened out at roughly 70 percent, while urban areas have continued to progress, reaching 91 percent. It isn’t just agriculture interests that would benefit from improved high-speed broadband access. Better connectivity would help the many small businesses in rural Kansas. It would also allow rural residents to take advantage of time-saving technology, such as telemedicine services, instead of dealing with long drives to get to a doctor or specialist when needed. As technology continues to advance, it will become even more critical to have a network that can handle all of the different IoT devices brought to market—a 5G network could do just that. And, it will improve the lives of anyone in Kansas who uses the internet—which is just about all of us.


Scholarship Auction Agribusiness Raises Nearly $14,000 in Scholarship Funds An annual tradition at the Kansas Agri Business Expo, the scholarship auction raises money for the scholarship programs of Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association and Kansas Grain and Feed Association. This year, Purple Wave Auction Services, Brian Rosenhagen and Darrin Cox of Fairbank Equipment and Mike Beam of Kansas Livestock Association auctioned off 23 items with all proceeds going toward helping high school and college students pursue higher education in agriculture. Thank you to everyone who donated and purchased an item.

Donors are listed below: - Beachner Grain - Cobank - CoMark Equity Alliance - Corteva - Gavilon Fertilizer, LLC - Harveyville Seed Co., Inc. - Hoffman, Inc. - Simplot - John Deere CAD Dealers - Kansas Corn - Kansas Grain Inspection Service - Kansas Soybean Commission - Korol Financial Group, LLC - KSU Wheat State Agronomy Club - Midwest Management Solutions - Norwood Contracting LLC - Offerle Coop

- Innvictis Crop Care - Pinnacle Agriculture - PlainJans - Team Marketing Alliance - WindRiver Grain - Kirkwood Kreations - Skyland Grain - Ward Laboratories

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WE TH An untimely ice storm pelted a large portion of the state on Monday, Nov. 12, delaying the completion of this year’s fall harvest another few weeks. With many acres of corn, sorghum and soybeans unreachable during the second week of November, the agribusiness industry once again converged on Wichita for the 33rd edition of the Kansas Agri Business Expo. All of Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association and Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s efforts leading up to this year’s show focused on showcasing agribusiness, while emphasizing that through all of the adversity facing the industry, agribusiness is not


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only surviving, it’s thriving under the pressure. More than 140 exhibitors piled booths into the 95,000 square-foot Century II Convention Center, showing off the newest and best products on the market serving the grain, feed, fertilizer, chemical and seed industry. Exhibitors spent most of Monday and Tuesday climbing atop their rigs to wipe away any traces of salt and sand grime accumulated during transport. After two full days of preparation, the booths were set up and ready for business by Tuesday night’s annual kick-off party, the final opportunity for everyone to take one large collective deep breath before


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the break-neck pace of the show began Wednesday morning. Also held in conjunction with the Kansas Agri Business Expo, this year’s 7B/4 and 1A recertification classes drew a large crowd to earn continuing education credits. Presentations were graciously given by: Winfield United; Corteva Agriscience; Northwest Kansas Technical College; KFSA; Syngenta; KSU Entomology; KSU Agronomy; and Kansas Department of Agriculture. Chairman Clark Pearson and Kansas Grain and Feed Association Chairman Glen Hofbauer teamed up to slice the ceremonial ribbon, officially kicking off the 2018 edition of the largest tradeshow in the Midwest.

Nearly 500 attendees flocked to the Tradeshow Floor to meet and network with this year’s exhibitors. Those who walked the floor weren’t just treated to seeing the best new products and technology in agribusiness, many exhibitors decorated their booths and created interactive games to portray this year’s theme of Surviving & Thriving. Curtis the Mentalist kept the crowd engaged with afternoon performances on both Wednesday and Thursday. Calling people on stage, Curtis seemed to break all rules of reality by reading people’s

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Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association is celebrating the retirements of three individuals who served important roles in the association for several decades. Although we’re sad to see them leave the KARA family, we wish them and their families all the best in enjoying retirement.

Randy Charl i e Dav e Swayze Whisenhunt Wilcox Charlie Swayze has been employed in the Coop system since 1961 and with Farmers Coop Equity (FCE) at Isabel since 1977. He has been instrumental in the growth and success of FCE. Swayze served as the chairman of Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association in 2000. The KARA staff appreciates his loyalty and dedication to agribusiness for the last four decades.


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Randy Whisenhunt began his career at Olin Corporation in 1977 and was stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas and Escondido, California before taking a job in 1981 with Agrico Chemical Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma and New Orleans, Louisiana. After spending 10 years at Agrico, Whisenhunt spent an additional 10 years at Collingwood Grain Inc., in Hutchinson until 2001. From 2002 until his retirement in 2019, Whisenhunt has worked for Ag Service Inc. Whisenhunt was the chairman of Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association from 2009-11.

Dave Wilcox started working for Jewell Agri-Service (Evans Grain, Salina) on March 15, 1978. Wilcox moved to Thurston Agri-Services, in Thurston, Nebraska in January of 1986 - his first location serving as a manager. Wilcox became a Certified Crop Adviser in 1996 and managed multiple locations in Nebraska until going to work for Farmway in 1997 until his retirement in 2018. Wilcox also currently serves on the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association board of directors and has been a key member of the Kansas Agri Business Expo committee for many years.



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BASF Crop Protection CoBank ACB 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

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








Agrilead Inc. MFA/AGChoice Winfield United

BASF Crop Protection Central Prairie Co-op Fairbank Equipment, Inc. Gavilon Fertilizer LLC Helena Chemical Company J.B. Pearl Sales & Service, Inc. KFSA Monsanto Nemaha County Coop Offerle Coop

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minds and performing a variety of illusion tricks. The Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders penny raffle held at Expo Central kept the interest of attendees who were hoping to win a limited edition Ruger American Farmer Tribute .22 rifle. As always, the industry came together to help its future workforce by donating and purchasing items from the scholarship auction. Attendees and exhibitors helped raise nearly $14,000 for high school and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. After the auction, everyone headed to the Chairmen’s Reception for a “Survivor” style meal and casino party. Everyone in attendance played their hands – and fake currency – at Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Roulette and slot machines late into the evening for a chance to win an assortment of prizes. Bright and early Thursday morning numerous awards were handed out to the sponsors who help the associations so much throughout the year. Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association sponsors Corteva Agriscience, KFSA and Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, who pledge above the Founder level of $7,500, were awarded recognition trophies by Pearson. Next, the 2018 class of Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders received their graduation trophies for completing all three sessions of the program. This intensive leadership program allows members to gain a first-hand look at how the government operates and regulates their industry at both the state and federal level. Rounding out the breakfast, former President Ronald Reagan’s son, Michael, captivated the crowd with an hour-long speech of a simpler time in the 1980s when his father was in the Oval Office. Reagan drew many parallels to the current events happening in politics and how the world needs to respond with strict compassion to help us heal and get through trying times. After his formal speech concluded, Reagan stayed past his contracted time and graciously spoke with and took pictures with anyone who asked. On the final day of the Expo, cash and prize drawings were awarded and exhibitors had one last chance to pitch business at interested attendees. Shortly after 4 o’clock, the floor was largely deconstructed and exhibitors were packing up before enjoying a relaxed Thursday evening party featuring dueling piano act Howl2Go. The piano group took requests for more than two hours and allowed everyone in attendance to figuratively put their hair down after a long week of proving agribusiness is in fact Surviving & Thriving. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2019 Kansas Agri Business Expo Nov. 20-21 at the world class Hyatt Hotel and Century II Convention Center.


Anticipated Legislative Issues When the Kansas Legislature begins its 2019 session in mid-January, lawmakers will be eager to hit the ground running. Below is an overview of a few of the issues your association is anticipating coming up at some point this session.

Kansas Agricultural Remediation Board Legislation

§ Extend the sunset another 10 years to 2030 § Reduce the max fee cap from $5 million to $3 million § Reduce the grain warehouse license fee: • 50 percent reduction (from $0.0005 to $0.00025) would reduce the fund by $218,000 annually § Increase the fertilizer product registration fee: • 50 percent increase (from $20 to $40) would generate an additional $150,000 annually § Reduce the pesticide product registration fee: • 50 percent reduction (from $60 to $30) would reduce the fund by $275,000 annually § Total reduction of the fund by $343,000 annually. In 2017, the fund generated $1.3 million. After changes, the fund would generate about $1 million annually. § Reduce the bottom threshold from $1.5 million to $1 million. This is the trigger to begin collecting fees again after being turned off when cap was met.

Hazardous Chemical Spil Reporting

§ KDHE proposed changes. § Limiting number of reportable quantities, currently ALL spills must be reported. KARA encourages consistency with KDA regulations. § State access to property without notification or property owner in emergency situation. § Reporting timeline, currently “immediate” notification required. Change to allow 15 minutes of knowledge of spill and upon completion of initial response. § Enforcement action to assess penalties on repeat offenders.

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Congratulations to the following individuals who were selected to participate in the 2019 Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders (TAL) program. These 10 members were chosen from a very wellqualified pool of applicants. They will participate in three sessions 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. 2019 will mark the 22nd year of the TAL program, which is jointly coordinated with Kansas Grain and Feed Association.





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§ Federal Tax Reform: Legislation expected to decouple from Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provisions (repatriation, GILTI, interest expense limitations, capital contributions, PDIC premiums) to return “windfall” to corporate tax payers. § Small Business Expensing: Legislation expected to allow LLC write-offs. § Internet Sales Tax: Legislation expected, with $50-$75 million projected. Stakeholders are currently looking at model legislation in other states. § Single Factor Apportionment: Could see legislation in 2019 to allow corporations with multi-state presence to elect for single factor sales rather than current multi-factor requirement. § Internet Sales Tax: Expect to see budget surplus funds used to lower the sales tax on food. Every one percent reduction would cost $66 million ($400 million total).

School Finance - Constitutional Amendment

§ Legislature approved $818 million over six years in additional K-12 funding. § Property tax is the last leg of tax stool to see future increases. § Constitutional amendment to Article 6 would grant the legislature full authority on appropriation to schools. § Kansas Supreme Court would retain jurisdiction over equitable distribution. § The June decision in the Gannon v. State case allowed for schools to remain open, but charged the legislature to find additional funding during its 2019 session with an April 15 deadline. § Inflationary adjustments alone are estimated at $80$120 million annually.

Transportation Plan

§ Transportation Vision Task Force held meetings across the state to develop the next 10-year transportation plan. § Stable, consistent funding stream was the biggest challenge. Kansas Department of Transportation received $2 billion less than expected in T-WORKS, which translated to 21 delayed projects. § Agriculture interests testified at the meetings. § A detailed report to the legislature is due by Jan. 31, 2019.

DID YOU KNOW? You can stay up-to-date on the happenings at the Statehouse by listening to live proceedings from both the House and Senate by visiting kslegislature.org.

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INTERIM LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY ISSUES U.S. Court of Appeals Ends Delay of EPA’s RMP Changes On January 13, 2017, EPA finalized amendments to the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements for Risk Management Programs under Section 112(r)(7)of the Clean Air Act. This rule is known as the “2017 RMP Amendments rule.” In June of 2017, EPA published a subsequent rule which delayed the effective date of the 2017 RMP Amendments rule until February 19, 2019. The reason for the June 2017 rule was to provide EPA with time to consider petitions for reconsideration of the January 2017 rule, and to revise or rescind the January 2017 rule. The June 2017 rule proposed rescinding the following requirements from the 2017 RMP Amendments rule: safer alternative technology, third-party audits, incident investigations and information availability. Various parties filed a petition for judicial review of the June 2017 delay rule to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Court. On August 17, 2018, this court issued a decision vacating the June 2017 EPA regulation. Then, on September 21, 2018, the court mandated that the 2017 RMP Amendments rule become immediately effective. On December 3, 2018, EPA published a final rule incorporating the RMP Amendments in 40 CFR Part 68. The final rule, found here, includes the following changes: Emergency Coordination • Facility must coordinate annually with LEPC and document activities. • Facility must provide LEPC with: emergency response plan (if one exists), emergency action plan, emergency contact information, and any other pertinent information. Emergency Response Program • Reinforces need to inform Federal and state emergency response agencies about accidental releases. • Reinforces need to review and update emergency response plan. • Reinforces need to inform employees of the changes to the emergency response plan. Prevention Program • Include findings from incident investigations in the Hazard Review. • Employee training requirements also apply to supervisors. 16

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• Compliance audits must be conducted for each covered process at least every three years. Incident Investigation Reports • Previously called “summaries,” these reports must be completed within 12 months of the incident. • The content of the Incident Investigation reports has been expanded significantly. • The phrase “near miss” was added to describe incidents that could reasonably have resulted in a catastrophic release. • Facilities must create these reports even when a catastrophic release results in the affected process being decommissioned. Process Safety Information - Program 3. Reinforces need to keep process safety information up-to-date. Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) - Program 3. Include findings from incident investigations in the PHA, as well as any other potential failure scenarios. Additional Modifications • EPA is proposing to modify amendments relating to local emergency coordination, emergency exercises, and public meetings, and to change the compliance dates for these provisions. • EPA proposes these changes to address: potential security risks associated with new information disclosure requirements introduced in the final Amendments rule, reasonableness of regulatory costs compared to benefits of the rule, concerns about maintaining consistency with the OSHA PSM standard, impacts of the finding by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF) that the West Fertilizer incident was caused by arson, and other issues. Source: www.epa.gov/rmp/risk-management-plan-rmpdelay-rule-vacatur


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.

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Agricultural Chemical Remediation Reimbursement Program: Update In 2000, the Kansas Legislature passed the Agricultural approximately $341,617.06. The next KARB meeting will and Specialty Chemical Remediation Act which created be held on December 14, 2018, and the deadline to submit the Remediation Reimbursement Program and the Kansas new applications prior to that meeting was November 16, Agricultural Chemical Remediation Reimbursement Fund 2018. (Reimbursement Fund). The Remediation Reimbursement In the summer of 2016, the Board amended a regulation Program provides financial reimbursement of expenses concerning which expenses are eligible for reimbursement. incurred while performing remediation activities for Beginning June 1, 2016, for all new applications to the agricultural chemical and fertilizer contamination, fund, expenses submitted for meals, lodging, mileage as ordered by the Kansas Department of Health and or other travel expenses will no longer be eligible for Environment (KDHE) for reimbursement from the fund. The KARB program has reimbursed properties enrolled in the Since 2009, applications to Voluntary Cleanup and the fund have exceeded the Property Redevelopment amount of money in the fund. Program or State Cooperative Therefore, a priority based since January 2002. Program. ranking system is utilized for Under the Remediation all applications received by Reimbursement Program, the commercial grain industry which each application is reviewed by KDHE and given and ag-chemical and fertilizer industry pay fees into the a priority score. Applications involving potential risk to Reimbursement Fund. The Board approves reimbursement human health and safety are scored higher. Applications of qualifying expenses submitted by applicants to the fund are reimbursed in priority order based on their priority up to $200,000 per site. The Reimbursement Program score. The current amount of outstanding reimbursement is administered by the Kansas Agricultural Remediation requests to the fund is approximately $555,000.00. Board (KARB). During its September 14, 2018 meeting, the Board reimbursed thirty-eight (38) applicants a total of


Total reimbursements from 2013-18 2018 (through Sept. 14, 2018)


80 Total Reimbursements – $875,133.89 17 Combination – $293,835.37 62 Nitrates – $571,253.74 1 Carbon Tet – $10,044.78

4​ 3 Total Reimbursements – $​1,031,013.48​ ​32​ Nitrate – $​798,501.22 ​4​Pesticide & Nitrate – $​69,570.48 ​7​ Combination – $​162,941.78



72 Total Reimbursements – $1,349,811.78 52​Nitrate – $1,064,509.03 14 Combination – $162,470.39 3 Pesticide – $73,889.61 3 Carbon Tet – $48,942.75

58 Total Reimbursements – $995,063.36 51 Nitrate – $924,618.32 3 Pesticide – $60,279.12 1 Pesticide & Nitrate – $3,981.95 3 Combination – $6,183.97



66 Total Reimbursements – $1,205,051.12​ 59​Nitrate – $1,​176,500.14 ​6​Pesticide & Nitrate – $​11,001.18 1 Pesticide – $​17,549.80

65 Total Reimbursements – $1,245,493.99 58 Nitrate – $767,380.94 3 Pesticide and Nitrate – $99,351.24 4 Combination – $40,854.90 Fall 2018



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Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association | Fall 2018 Editors Ron Seeber Randy Stookey Staci Storey Shahira Stafford Shari Bennett Samantha Tenpenny Mitzi Dodds Trae Green 20

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