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Due to the continued efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association's (KARA) board of directors made the decision to cancel the traditional in-person KARA annual meeting and golf tournament. To adhere to the association's bylaws, an annual meeting business session virtual meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m., on August 25, 2020, via Zoom. During the virtual meeting the KARA membership will vote on nominated board members and bylaw amendments, as well as receive a brief state of the association report. We encourage all members to join our...

EPA has released a temporary guidance regarding the certification of pesticide applicators of restricted use pesticides that offers flexibility during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Agency is aware that state, tribal and federal certifying authorities may need to make temporary changes to their existing pesticide applicator certification programs during this time. Given the evolving circumstances and the urgency involved, EPA has determined that certain temporary changes to their programs should be preapproved and may be implemented provided that they are not likely to significantly diminish applicator competence or undermine future certification activities and all conditions are met. Currently,...

This week, Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive order No. 20-57, extending conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations. The rule is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on August 14, 2020 or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency extended by House Bill 2016 expires, whichever is earlier.   In accordance with the FMCSA's declaration under Title 49 C.F.R. § 390.23(a)(l)(i), Title 49 C.F.R §§ 390-399 are hereby suspended for motor carriers and persons operating commercial vehicles actively participating in COVID-19 relief or restoration efforts, except that...

Today Governor Kelly issued Drought Declarations for Kansas counties with Executive Order #20-54.  The declaration includes 74 out of 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status. “Unfortunately, the majority of the state of Kansas has been considered in drought or abnormally dry conditions for the past several weeks, which has led to high risk of fire hazard,” said Governor Kelly. “This declaration will allow affected communities to access the water they need. I encourage Kansans to continue to be mindful of drought conditions, and work to minimize the...

As announced on Monday, Governor Laura Kelly has signed Executive Order No. 20-52 requiring face masks to be worn in public. Each Kansas county has the authority to revoke the order. "Today I issued an Executive Order requiring that most Kansans wear a mask while in public spaces, and in places where one is unable to maintain social distancing of six feet," Kelly said. "Wearing a mask is the easiest, most basic step we can take to keep Kansans healthy and keep Kansas open for business." Effective 12:01 a.m., on Friday, July...

Due to increasing COVID-19 cases, Governor Laura Kelly issued a statewide mask mandate at her press conference this afternoon in Topeka. "Beginning 12:01 a.m., July 3, 2020 every Kansan in a public space must wear a mask," Kelly said. "This doesn't change where you can go or what you can do, but if you are around other people, you must wear a mask." "...

COURTESY National Grain and Feed Association The National Grain and Feed Association represents and provides services for grain, feed and related commercial businesses. Consisting of more than 1,000 companies, NGFA members handle more than 70 percent of all U.S. grains and oilseeds utilized in domestic and export markets. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit late on Friday (June 19) denied the petition filed by two environmental groups to immediately ban the application of dicamba. The appellate court did not issue an explanation for its order, but indicated it wanted to hear more argument on BASF’s motion asking the...

The U.S. Department of Labor will host webinars in June to discuss how the Department is reducing regulatory burdens and making it easier to understand and comply with the law. The webinars will also provide an opportunity for workers, employers, and state and local governments to ask questions. WHAT:  OSHA Compliance Assistance Webinars WHEN: Agriculture Guest Speaker: Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT Register at Link Compliance Assistance Webinar 1 Manufacturing and Construction Guest Speaker: Occupational Safety and Health Administration Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt Thursday, June...

The Kansas Department of Agriculture, along with many other states, has solicited clarification on the EPA’s June 8, 2020, cancellation order. KDA is providing guidance and answers to questions based on our interpretation of the order as it applies to our Kansas regulatory structure and the stated intent in the EPA cancellation order to minimize the negative impact on agriculture and agribusinesses. KARA has provided the FAQ below, as well as by clicking the button to KDA's full website. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the association office (785.234.0463). FULL...

Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday issued an executive order temporarily easing restrictions on over-the-road truckers involved in efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The executive order issued today will continue to ease the burden on the workers who are critical to our state’s response capabilities,” Kelly said in a news release. That release said Friday’s order lifts certain weight restrictions and permitting requirements the state imposes upon motor carriers to allow needed medical supplies, food shipments and other items to move through Kansas as quickly as possible. The exceptions outlined in Friday’s...

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