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Fall 2019 Kansas Grain and Feed Association 816 SW Tyler Topeka, KS 66612 (785) 234-0461 ASSOCIATION STAFF Ron Seeber President & CEO 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 of Internal Operations Sidney Storey Administrative Assistant Trae Green Director of Communications

The 2019 Kansas Agri Business Expo, themed “Agents of Change,” was held November 20 - 21 at the Century II Convention Center and Hyatt Hotel in Wichita. The show brought nearly 1,000 attendees and more than 140 exhibitors to showcase the latest and greatest in agriculture products and technologies.


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Deb Miller Chairwoman Bob Tempel Vice Chairman Brent Emch Second Vice Chairman Glen Hofbauer Immediate Past Chairman Gary Beachner Ted Behring Brad Cowan Andrew Fullerton David Helfrich James Jirak Dub Johnson Mark Paul Troy Presley Devin Schierling Clark Wenger Allen Williams Editors: KGFA staff Photos: Cover (; Statehouse Insider (Trae Green); Kansas Agri Business Expo (KirkwoodKreations) 2 Grain and Feed Report

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2020 Training Programs KGFA Unveils 2020 Trainings 2020 TAL Class The 23rd Class of Leaders Agents of Change Relive the 2019 Expo

Statehouse Insider 2020 Session Review

2020 TAL Class The 23rd Class of Leaders

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Take Advantage of Your Investment

Ronald Seeber President & CEO


Dear KGFA Members During the third full week of November in 2019, we held the Kansas Agri Business Expo and it was one for the record books. This jointly-sponsored series of events and an anchor tradeshow of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) attracted more than 1,000 attendees from across the country, covering every facet of the agribusiness industry. Association members and sponsors, exhibitors, and several new faces enjoyed a week of sporting clays, inspiring speakers, informational workshops, necessary trainings, receptions, auctions, raffles, networking and a whole lot of fun. The Kansas Agri Business Expo has been a successful event for the last 34 years because members view it as a meaningful return on investment. It is an opportunity to network, educate, learn and grow like no other. If you missed this year’s Expo, don’t worry, we have another investment opportunity right around the corner, Legislative Action Day. Another event to show your membership investment in the association as a visible return on investment. In Topeka, on January 22, 2020, KGFA, KARA and the Kansas Cooperative Council (KCC), will jointly present to our shared members, Legislative Action Day. Whether it be property taxes, onerous regulation, or the lack of a passing lane on your local state highway, Legislative Action Day is your opportunity to voice your concern, in person, with the policy makers in charge. Our day will start at 11:30 a.m., at the Topeka Country Club with a luncheon with legislative policy leaders. You will then hear from your KGFA, KARA and KCC staff on the key issues facing the

legislature this year that could affect your bottom line and hamper your ability to get the job done. You then head to the Kansas Statehouse where you will meet with your House and Senate representatives and see them in action (or inaction). The day will then wrap up with a prime rib buffet at which you will have another opportunity to meet with your elected representatives. In addition to having an opportunity to metaphorically “storm the statehouse” our Legislative Action Day has another purpose. By showing your boots on the ground in support of the issues your association fights for every day, you make our job much less difficult. Lawmakers will remember that moment when you stand in their doorway and, if later gently reminded by your association staff, will vote in a way that allows our industry to continue to do good things. Finally, there is no charge for Legislative Action Day. Your association dues and sponsorship dollars bear the costs of this event because advocacy on behalf of your industry is an investment in your industry. Always remember, it is better to be at the table than on the menu. Please join your colleagues in Topeka on January 22 and make a personal “hands on“ return on your investment.

Ronald Seeber President and CEO

LEARN MORE ABOUT LEGISLATIVE ACTION DAY Visit our website by scanning the QR code to the left on your smartphone’s camera or by entering in your search engine to see full agendas, speaker information and much more for each one of our training programs.

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INDUSTRYnews New FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse - Registration Open and Query Plan Available The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced they have opened registration for the new Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse which becomes mandatory on January 6, 2020. The new Clearinghouse is aimed at closing the loop hole of drivers job-hopping to avoid impacts of failed drug and/or alcohol tests. Employers will be required to register in the Clearinghouse database for the purpose of checking current and prospective employee’s violations, in order to determine if they are prohibited from performing safety-sensitive functions, such as driving a CMV, due to unresolved DOT drug and alcohol violations. In

order to do this, a “query” must be conducted by an employer or their designated consortia or third-party administrator (C/TPA), such as their drug testing provider. Employers are charged a fee for conducting queries and must purchase a plan so they can run the required queries. Although C/TPAs cannot purchase query plans, once registered themselves, they can conduct queries on behalf of the employers. Queries must be run prior to hiring a CDL driver as part of the pre-employment investigation process and annually for currently employed CDL drivers. In addition to Employers and C/TPAs, CDL drivers must

also register in the Clearinghouse and provide consent to employer’s for running queries. Please visit the Clearinghouse website to register, create an online user account and purchase a query plan. We encourage you to work with your C/TPA to ensure you have a plan in place for conducting queries when the Clearinghouse becomes fully operational in January. For Asmark Institute retainer clients, we will work to help prompt this process prior to entering a DOT New Hire/Re-hire and will also work with clients to provide lists for conducting annual queries. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available! Source: Asmark Institute

California to End Sale of Chlorpyrifos The California Environmental Protection Agency announced that virtually all use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in California will end next year following an agreement between the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and pesticide manufacturers to withdraw their products. Earlier this year, DPR announced it was acting to ban use of chlorpyrifos by canceling the pesticide’s product registrations. The agreement with Dow AgroSciences and other companies means that use of chlorpyrifos will end sooner than anticipated had the companies pursued administrative

hearings and potential appeals process, which could have taken up to two years. Under the settlement, the companies agreed that: § All sales of chlorpyrifos products to growers in California will end on February 6, 2020. § Growers will no longer be allowed to possess or use chlorpyrifos products in California after December 31, 2020. § Until then, all uses must comply with existing restrictions, including a ban on aerial spraying, quarter-mile buffer zones and limiting use to crop-pest combinations that

lack alternatives. DPR will support aggressive enforcement of these restrictions. To ensure consistency for growers and for enforcement purposes, DPR is applying the terms and deadlines in the settlements to seven other companies that are not part of the settlement agreement but are subject to DPR’s cancellation orders. A few products that apply chlorpyrifos in granular form, representing less than one percent of agricultural use of chlorpyrifos, will be allowed to remain on the market. Source: Asmark Institute

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KGFA Government Affairs Staff

As the 2020 session of the Kansas Legislature inches closer in the second week of January, your government affairs staff has been working diligently behind the scenes researching possible pieces of legislation coming down the pike. We anticipate increases in future state budgetary demands concerning such items as the state retirement system (KPERS), school funding, the state highway plan, Medicaid expansion, and increased funding for social services. We’ll help you stay up-to-date on all things concerning agribusiness at the Capitol. 6

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In order to cover these increased costs, KGFA anticipates the introduction of legislation seeking new funding mechanisms for the state, such as placing a sales tax on services and/or utilities, repealing existing sales tax exemptions, adding new fees and excise taxes on transportation, removing barriers to property tax increases and increasing income taxes on corporations and other businesses. Agriculture, especially, could become a target. KGFA will remain vigilant in opposing any such attempts to balance the state budget on our industry. KGFA also anticipates introduction of legislation to place a sales tax on sales over the internet. As all members of the House and Senate will stand for reelection in 2020, however, the 2020 legislative session might be adjourned quickly in order to allow incumbents plenty of time to meet with their constituents. 2019 KGFA LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS: § Passed House Bill 2001 which reduced, by half, the amount grain elevators pay on the annual license fee to fund the Kansas Agricultural Chemical Remediation

Reimbursement Program, and extended the program another 10 years. § Passed Senate Bill 69 requiring the legislature to approve an independent study of Kansas’ electric rates and provide recommendations to the legislature on addressing the increased rates going forward. § Passed House Bill 2248, which extended the scrap metal theft reduction act, created the scrap metal data repository fund. § Successfully supported funding of the State Water Plan Fund from the State General Fund in the annual budget. § Successfully supported legislation which allows operation of ATV’s across a highway for ag purposes. § Successfully opposed legislation that would have allowed counties to place an excise tax on heavy trucks. § Successfully opposed legislation that would have allowed the state department of health and environment to establish unreasonable civil penalties for failing to timely report a chemical spill. § Supported legislation which strengthened the rights of property taxpayers.

§ Supported legislation which would allow a sales tax exemption on business construction costs in a “Kansas Enterprise Zone.” 2020 KGFA LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES: § PROPERTY TAXES: protect the current property tax lid and taxpayer vote requirement, and push for changes to benefit property taxpayers in Kansas. § CORPORATE INCOME TAX: oppose legislation that would increase corporate income tax in Kansas. § ENERGY RATES: support various bills seeking ways to reduce high utility rates in Kansas § TRANSPORTATION PLAN: support legislation to fund the next 10 year state highway plan with current and existing funding sources § HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL SPILL: support legislation to allow KDHE to set reportable quantities of chemical spills in regulation § UNDERGROUND PETROLEUM STORAGE TANK FUND: support legislation to extend the fund and increase reimbursable funding for tank replacement Continued on Page 10

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INDUSTRYnews OSHA Begins Using New Inspection Weighting System OSHA recently implemented the OSHA Weighting System (OWS) for fiscal year (FY) 2020. The new weighting system for workplace inspections will replace the current system that was initiated in FY 2015. Under the current enforcement weighting system, OSHA weights certain inspections based on the time taken to complete the inspection or, in some cases, the impact of the inspection on workplace safety and health. OWS recognizes that time is not the only factor to assess when considering the potential impact of an inspection. Other factors - such as types of hazards inspected and abated, and effective

targeting - also influence the impact on workplace safety and health. The new system adds enforcement initiatives such as the SiteSpecific Targeting to the weighting system. The new system is based on an evaluation of the existing criteria and a working group’s recommendations regarding improvements to the existing weighting system. OSHA has been running the new weighting system currently to confirm data integrity. The system will continue to weight inspections, but will do so based on other factors, including agency priorities and the impact of inspections, rather than simply on a time-weighted basis.

The new OWS approach reinforces OSHA’s balanced approach to occupational safety and health (i.e., strong and fair enforcement, compliance assistance and recognition) and will incorporate the three major work elements performed by the field: enforcement activity, essential enforcement support functions (e.g., severe injury reporting and complaint resolution), and compliance assistance efforts. Source: Asmark Institute

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

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augmentation, to address the water needs of the community and the wildlife conservation purposes of the refuge before determining if more formal measures are necessary to ensure the refuge’s water rights are secured. We look forward to working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas congressional delegation, and all water users to develop concrete milestones and lasting solutions.” Based on this position, KDA-DWR confirms it will not issue any administrative orders regarding water use in Groundwater

Management District 5 for the 2020 growing season. Public meetings regarding this issue were held in St. John, Kansas, on October 21. At that time, the official position and timetable of the Service was uncertain, so KDA-DWR was unable to provide assurance there would be no water administration in 2020. This notification provides that certainty for farmers and ranchers in the Rattlesnake Creek Basin.


FMCSA TO ANNOUNCE TWO-YEAR DELAY IN IMPLEMENTING ELDT RULE Federal trucking regulators are near completion of a formal notice that implementation of the Entry Level Driver Training rule that was set to take effect on a limited basis Feb. 7 will be delayed by up to two years. By: Eric Miller | Staff Reporter “Used by permission of Transport Topics. Copyright 2019 Transport Topics / American Trucking Associations, Inc.”

The notice is “in the pipeline,” said a DOT official who asked not to be identified. “There is a Federal Register notice forthcoming,” the official said about the rule, which will be administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “The whole thing is going to be delayed. It’s mostly due to the failure of the states aligning their systems with the federal system.” A partial delay of the rule was announced in the summer. At that time, federal officials said they were working on a strategy to implement some provisions of the rule. The formal announcement of the two-year delay is expected by mid-December, the source said, but firm timing is not yet known. “We do believe based on conversations that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a grasp of the problem, and we’re hopeful that they can implement it before the two-year delay period,” Commercial

Vehicle Training Association President Don Lefeve said. “But we’re very disappointed that this is not going to be rolled out on time. They’ve had three years to get this thing rolled out. Now it will be status quo for up to another two years.” He added, “There are still a lot of substandard programs that will remain in existence. While our members believe in a higher bar, the reality is there’s going to be no formal requirement for training.” Laura McMillan, vice president of training program development for Instructional Technologies Inc., said, “It’s disappointing. Our reaction is that, my goodness, the industry has been waiting for standards and a professional level curriculum for over 20 years. If this industry wants to raise the professional image of truck driving, it begins with how we educate new drivers and prepare them for the field.”

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§ PESTICIDE WASTE DISPOSAL: allow use of a portion of the Remediation Reimbursement Fund to be used for a pesticide waste disposal program § SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIP: support legislation to provide liability insurance through a school district for students in an unpaid apprenticeship programs § BUDGET: Support full funding of the State Water Plan Fund and of the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture’s Grain Warehouse Program § ELEVATOR SAFETY ACT: oppose legislation to create a state-level elevator/man-lift inspection program with state DOL § AG LIEN CENTRAL REGISTRY: oppose legislation to create a central registry for agricultural commodity liens by commercial lenders.

January Schedule JAN. 13 2020 Legislative Session Opens JAN. 22 Legislative Action Day

February Schedule FEB. 3 Last day for individual members to request sponsored bill drafts FEB. 10 Last day for non-exempt committees to request bill drafts. FEB. 12 Last day for individual bill introductions FEB. 14 Last day for non-exempt committee bill introduction

March Schedule MARCH 20 Last day for non-exempt committees to meet and consider bills MARCH 23 - 24 On floor all day MARCH 25 Last day for debate of non-exempt bills in either chamber MARCH 26 - 27 No session MARCH 30 - 31 Conference committees meet


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April Schedule APRIL 1 Last day for conference committees to agree APRIL 3 Last day for conference committee agreements, first adjournment APRIL 4 - 26 Spring Break APRIL 27 Veto session opens on Day 74 of the session

February Schedule (Cont.) FEB. 24 Last day for committees to meet FEB. 25 - 26 On floor all day FEB. 27 Turnaround Day, last day for non-exempt bills in house of origin FEB. 28 - MARCH 3 No session

May Schedule MAY 13 Day 90, the traditional length of the session


2019’s Bills


Appropriations for FY 2019, FY 2020, FY 2021 and FY 2022 for various state agencies.


Amending the sunset and assessment rates for the remediation reimbursement program.


Kansas itemized deductions, election, providing for deferred foreign income, global intangible low-taxed income, business interest, capital contributions and FDIC premiums income tax modifications; sales and compensating use tax, imposition of tax, nexus, remote sellers, marketplace facilitators, rate of tax on food and food ingredients.


Requiring an electric rate study of certain electric utilities.


Creating the Kansas energy policy task force to study electric utility services and energy policy issues in Kansas.



Eliminating the marking requirements for certain truck and truck tractors.


Relating to the applicability of conditions for operating recreational trails (held over)


House Bills: 2007, 2225, 2214, 2370, 2381, 2367, 2368, 2371, 2372, Senate Bills:192, 187, 189


Restricting distribution of certain property taxes paid under protest (held over)


Tax lid exception when budget was higher in prior five years (held over)


Resolving liability concerns regarding high school apprenticeships and on-the-job training programs (held over)


Apportionment of corporate income under the multistate tax compact; election (held over)

Requiring the department of commerce to create a database of economic development incentive program information.



Establishing a commercial industrial hemp program.

Limiting the review of certain rules and regulations by the director of the budget (held over)



Making appropriations for the department of education for FY 2020 and FY 2021 in response to litigation; increasing BASE aid for certain school years; and other amendments related to education.


Allowing all-terrain vehicles to cross federal or state highways.


Amending the Kansas underground utility damage prevention act.


Allowing counties to impose a severance tax on limestone (held over)


Providing for a sales tax exemption for construction and certain purchases for businesses qualifying as part of an enterprise zone (held over)


Exemption from income tax for certain public utilities (held over)


Authorizing the state corporation commission to issue securitized ratepayerbacked bonds for electric generation facilities (held over)

Regulating the use of lighting devices in transportation network company vehicles and requiring vehicles to stop at railroad crossings for on-track train equipment.




Establishing the unclaimed life insurance benefits act, updating certain definitions pertaining to unfair trade practices and association health plans, and providing for third party administrator fees, the purchase of cybersecurity insurance by the Kansas board of regents and certain healthcare benefits coverage.

Extending the eligible time period for rural opportunity zones loan repayment program and income tax credit (held over) Adding certain counties to the list of eligible rural opportunity zone counties (held over)


Providing for department of health and environment response operations for water and soil pollutant release, discharge or escape (held over)


Empowering the KPERS board to develop policies and procedures relating to procurement, enter into certain contracts and allow travel for trustees and employees of the system.

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Stay up-to-date with all of our trainings by downloading the official KGFA mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

KGFA ANNOUNCES 2020 TRAINING PROGRAMS Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) staff will be covering all corners of the state in 2020 providing invaluable industry-specific training programs to its members and interested parties. Scan the QR codes next to the photos with a QR scanner or point your smartphone’s built-in camera at the QR code for more information and registration abilities.

CDL Exam Prep Schools These one-day courses will walk attendees through the Kansas CDL Manual with the goal of obtaining their Commercial Learners Permit (CLP). These courses are capped at 25 attendees per location. Jan. 7 Garden City Garden City Coop 106 N. 6th Street

March 26 Manhattan Kansas Dept. of Agriculture 1320 Research Park Drive

Jan. 9 April 16 Maize Hays Corporate Safety Compliance KSU Ag Research Center 9335 W. 53rd St. N. 1232 240th Avenue Jan. 16 Parsons Commercial Bank 1901 Main Street


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Aug. 4 Hutchinson Encampment Building 2000 N. Poplar Street

For nearly a century, KGFA has offered unique grain grading schools to Kansans and beginning in January, KGFA will once again be traversing the state holding not just grain grading schools, but several other industryspecific training programs beneficial to its members and interested parties. “We’re incredibly proud of the longevity of our grain grading schools and don’t plan to stop offering them any time soon,” KGFA President and CEO Ron Seeber said. “We’re also always looking for new training opportunities and welcoming feedback on what we can do to diversify our training portfolio. We think this year we’re on the right track to best fulfill our members’ needs with practical, useful courses.” KGFA is now offering ‘house-call’ training sessions where for a guaranteed number of participants, the association will travel anywhere in the state to provide any of the following training programs at an agreed upon rate.

Also new in 2020, KGFA will be offering a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Exam Preparation Course six times throughout the year. These one-day courses will walk attendees through the Kansas CDL Manual with the goal of obtaining their Commercial Learners Permit (CLP). These courses will be capped at 25 registrants on a first-come, firstserve basis. KGFA, along with Kansas Grain Inspection Service Inc. (KGIS) will celebrate 90 years of grain grading beginning in Topeka in lateFebruary. The courses inform participants about grain grades and how to use grain standards in marketing, as well as how to recognize various types of kernel damage while grading a representative sample. With safety at the forefront of KGFA’s trainings, the association is offering Elevator Safety and Maintenance workshops to offer practical lessons in elevator maintenance, everything from the basics to new technologies.

LEARN MORE Visit our website by pointing your smartphone’s built-in camera at the QR code or by entering in your search engine to see full agendas, speaker information and much more for each one of our training programs.


Grain Handlers Workshop

Full 7B/4 Recertification

Regulatory Compliance

This workshop will provide grain handlers and

This is one of the few places you can go to gain

We’re teaming up with National Grain and Feed

elevator operators with a full range of expertise in

full certification in 7B/4 Seed Treatment and

Association to address OSHA, FDA and EPA issues

handling the 2020 crop.


impacting the grain, feed and processing industry.

Dec. 3 Garden City Garden City Coop 106 N. 6th Street

Nov. 18 Wichita Kansas Agri Business Expo Hyatt Hotel 400 W. Waterman

Feb. 4 Wichita Sedgwick County Extension 7001 W. 21st Street

We think this year we’re on the right track to best fulfill our members’ needs with practical, useful courses.

Grain Grading Schools We’ve been offering Grain Grading Schools for nearly 90 years. You won’t find better training on grain standards anywhere in the country.

KGFA will hold its annual 7B/4 Recertification program held in conjunction with the Kansas Agri Business Expo. This program is one of the few sessions offered to gain full certification in 7B/4 Seed Treatment and Fumigation. The day-long course with presentations ranging from pest control management to grain engulfment will earn a

year’s worth of continuing education credit. The association will close its 2020 training slate with its Grain Handlers Workshop in December in Garden City. This workshop will provide grain handlers and elevator operators with a full range of expertise in handling the 2020 crop.

Feb. 25 Topeka Propane Marketers Assn. 540 NW Broad Street Feb. 26 Parsons Commercial Bank 1901 Main Street Feb. 27 Wichita Sedgwick Co. Extension 7001 W. 21st Street

March 10 Colby City Limits Center 2227 S. Range Ave. March 11 Dodge City Knights of Columbus 800 W. Frontview Street March 12 Salina Hilton Garden Inn 3320 S. 9th Street

Elevator Safety & Maintenance Our Elevator Safety and Maintenance training offers practical lessons in elevator maintenance, everything from the basics to new technologies. May 5 Garden City Garden City Coop 106 N. 6th Street

May 7 Salina Visit Salina Annex 120 W. Ash

May 6 Wichita Sedgwick Co. Extension 7001 W. 21st Street Fall 2019


2020 Census FAQ What is the census? The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future.

What’s in it for me?

Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more.

Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future.

Responding also fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Is my information safe?

What will I be asked?

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.

You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children.

When can I respond to the census?

The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.

In early 2020, every household in America will receive a notice to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have yet to respond.

For more information, visit:


What won’t be asked?


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KGFA ANNOUNCES 2020 TAL CLASS The selection committee for the 2020 class of Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders met in early December and voted on the 23rd class of Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders. The selection committee, comprised of former TAL graduates chose: Aaron Anderson (Nutrien Ag Solutions); Hillary Birtell (CoMark Equity Alliance); Kalen Cromwell (Farmers Cooperative Grain Association); Kiley DeDonder (WinField United); Micala Dummit (The Scoular Company); Brice Elnicki (Producers Cooperative Association of Girard); Amy Fairchild (KFSA); Scott Moseley (KC Supply Company); Tyler Peterson (Pride Ag Resources); and Spencer Reames (MKC) to complete the 23rd class. “Every January, I look forward to the TAL class coming to Topeka for Session I eager to learn about the legislative process and their association,” KGFA president and CEO Ron Seeber said. “It’s one of the most satisfying parts of my profession to 16

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see graduation in November where they walk away with a wealth of experience on both the state and federal government. The program is very beneficial to our industry because later, when we call on them to contact their legislator about a proposed law, they answer the call every time.” Each class participates 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.

The Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders (TAL) class annually selects five members of Kansas Grain and Feed Association and five members of Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association to learn more about the policy making process through three sessions.

Aaron Anderson Nutrien Ag Solutions

Hillary Birtell CoMark Equity Alliance

Kalen Cromwell Farmers Cooperative

Kiley DeDonder WinField United

Micala Dummit The Scoular Company

Brice Elnicki Producers Cooperative Assn.

Amy Fairchild KFSA

Scott Moseley KC Supply Company

Tyler Peterson Pride Ag Resources

Spencer Reames MKC



Support is available for everyone in the Kansas ag family who may be dealing with stress associated with agriculture. Visit the website on your desktop or mobile phone to access resources and services.

Stressful situations have led to heightened focus on mental health issues in the agricultural community. In response, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, along with several Kansas ag partners, have unveiled a new website to provide resources and support to those dealing with ag-related stress. The website can be found at “The increase in suicide rates among farmers and ranchers is alarming,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “We must do everything in our power to curb this trend. The website provides additional resources and support to individuals and their loved ones. We must provide our farmers and ranchers alternatives to suicide. We must be there for them.” The new website addresses the challenges that Kansas farmers, ranchers and their families face in today’s ag industry. Recent natural disasters, depressed commodity prices and other issues weigh heavily on farm families and can take a toll that leads to mental and emotional distress, substance abuse, anxiety, depression and even suicide. Visitors to the website will be able to find local and national resources for those issues, as well as support in areas ranging from stress

management to financial and legal challenges. “This website is intended to be a collaborative effort to support the emotional and financial health challenges for Kansans, especially those involved in agriculture,” Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam said. “Many people were involved in the development of the website. Our hope is that it will be a positive resource for people struggling during difficult times.” features resources and support for every member of the family, from teens to aging adults. Unique resources are also available to assist our farmer veterans, who face the issues that come with farming, along with the possible challenges of being a military veteran. “The purpose of this website is to help care for and assist Kansas farmers and ranchers in their well-being,” Beam said. “As more tools are developed and come available, this website will be updated and serve as a hub of current information and resources.”

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


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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: M&M Specialty Services, Kansas State University, Agrilead, Inc., Syngenta, KFSA and Kansas Dept. of Agriculture. Just after Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s Board of Directors meeting at 10 a.m., Chairwoman Deb Miller and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association Chairman, Lance Nelson, teamed up to slice the ceremonial ribbon, officially kicking off the 2019 edition of the largest tradeshow in the Midwest. Nearly 500 attendees flocked to the Tradeshow Floor to meet and network with



NGE 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 Agents of Change. New this year over the two-day show KGFA, KARA and the Kansas Cooperative Council teamed up to bring educational speakers onto the tradeshow floor. Broken up into 20-minute sessions with a 10-minute question and answer portion, the educational speakers proved to be a worthwhile experience for attendees. Presentations were: Agriculture Workforce Development (presented by Russell Plaschka, Kansas Dept. of Agriculture); CRISPR-Based Precision Breeding in Wheat (presented by Dr. Eduard Akhunov, Kansas State University); Benefits from Offering Higher Ethanol Blends (presented by Josh Roe, Kansas Corn); Do You Know Why I Pulled You

Photography: KirkwoodKreations Over? (presented by Technical Troopers Brent Lies and Matthew Mullen); The State of the Biodiesel Industry (presented by Dennis Hupe, Kansas Soybean Commission); and Using Predictive Agriculture to Leapfrog Technologies in Sorghum (presented by Jesse McCurry of Kansas Grain Sorghum and Sarah Sexton-Bowser of Center for Sorghum Improvement). 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 $12,000 for high school and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. After the auction, everyone headed to the Chairmen’s Reception for a “James Bond” style meal and casino party. Everyone in attendance Continued on Page 23

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McMillan worked on a curriculum subcommittee of a broad-based industry group ELDT committee that negotiated the details of the rule in 2016. Instructional Technologies provides online safety training. McMillan disagrees that the system problems are limited to the states. “The reality is that the training provider registry is not even available,” said McMillan, a motor carrier driver trainer for several years. “It was supposed to be available Oct. 1 for schools and carriers to self-certify. It’s not even up and running. So that’s an issue.” She added, “It’s interesting that federal regulators would characterize that this is a state problem and that the states can’t comply when the federal system is not up and available. There seems to be a lack of

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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 Grain and Feed Association sponsors, KFSA, Kansas Grain Inspection Service and Kansas Soybean Commission who pledge above the Founder level of $7,500 were awarded recognition trophies by Miller. Next, the 2019 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. The 22nd class of the association’s premier leadership program included: Sarah Dodge (CoMark Equity Alliance); Alexandra Erwin (BioKansas); Sam Hanni (The DeLong Company Inc.); Justin Jenkins (Team Marketing Alliance); Eric Preston (MFA Inc.); John Ricker Jr. (KFSA); Lance Studer (The Ottawa Cooperative Association); and Amy Varner (ADM). Rounding out the breakfast, Rebekah Gregory, who lost her leg in the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon provided a resounding inspirational speech of maintaining positivity throughout life’s uncertainty. This act of terrorism may have claimed her leg, but it could not claim her spirit. Since then, Gregory has used her platform in a huge way by traveling all over the country speaking out against evil, and encouraging people to turn their obstacles into opportunities. 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 de-constructed 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 let their hair down after a long week of proving agribusiness is in fact embodying Agents of Change. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2020 Kansas Agri Business Expo Nov. 18-19 at the world-class Hyatt Hotel and Century II Convention Center.

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