Kansas Legislature Update – Week One

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The 2018 Kansas Legislative Session commenced on Monday, January 8. Opening day was brief with each Chamber gaveling in at 2:00 p.m., for mostly formulaic procedure. The Legislature has the same makeup as last year with few changes. Kansas continues … Continued

President & CEO to Retire in 2018

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Today, I announce my intention to retire as the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association President and Chief Executive Officer effective March 31, 2018. This announcement sets into motion a predetermined plan to select my replacement, which will be executed by the association’s … Continued

Marshall named to Ag Committee subcommittees

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Marshall named to Ag Committee subcommittees (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Roger Marshall has been named to 3 subcommittees under the House Ag Committee. The subcommittees are Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit; Livestock and Foreign Agriculture; and Nutrition. The jurisdiction of the subcommittees are … Continued

Court Sides with Ag Retailers on PSM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The D.C. Court of Appeals today ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act when it issued an enforcement memorandum on July 22, 2015, redefining the “retail facility” exemption to the … Continued

CFATS Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) Presentations

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently addressing changes to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. DHS recently held webinars on its new Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0. These webinars were recorded and are available online, here. CSAT 2.0 is expected to significantly improve a … Continued

Keep Emotion in the GMO Labeling Debate

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The below article was written by James C. Greenwood, CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and published on October 16 in The Hill. KARA Staff Note: The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 was introduced by Kansas’s forth district Congressman … Continued

OSHA Extends PSM Compliance Deadline

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KARA received the following member alert from the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) on October 21 and is sharing with members: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration yesterday announced it would extend its discretionary enforcement policy for Process Safety Management until … Continued

New KDA Intent to Install Policy

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Your Association Office received the following memo from the Kansas Department of Agriculture regarding their new Intent to Install policy and would like to share it with our members: We are changing the policy on the submission of intent to … Continued