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The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a final rule modernizing hours of service (HOS) rules to improve safety and flexibility for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and the American public. The final rule brings a key reform to the short-haul exemption by extending it to 150 air miles and increasing the maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours. ARA sent comments to FMCSA on Oct. 21, 2019, requesting regulatory reform to HOS rules including an expansion of the short-haul exception and maximum on-duty period. Read...

This afternoon, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 20-31, which establishes a new phase to the “Ad Astra: Plan to Reopen Kansas.” The new “1.5” Phase, effective May 18, 2020, continues reopening efforts while preserving some data-driven restrictions necessary to prevent community transmission of COVID-19. “The good news is that hospitalizations and COVID-related deaths continue to decline, enabling us to move forward with our efforts to safely reopen Kansas,” said Kelly. “Unfortunately, the daily rate of disease spread has not shown the downward trajectory necessary to move fully into Phase...

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On May 6, the Legislative Coordinating Council voted to reconvene the Kansas Legislature on Thursday, May 21st at a time to be determined. May 21st was the pre-scheduled date for sine die adjournment – the final day of the 2020 legislative session. While the full legislature will not meet until May 21st, House and Senate leadership may yet approve meetings by certain committees (budget, tax, etc.) for consideration of bills. A motion by Senate leadership to return a few days before the 21st to conduct additional business fell by a vote...

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal will reopen today as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, signed into law by the President one week ago, provided additional funding for farmers and ranchers and certain other agricultural businesses affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “For more than 30 years, SBA has been prohibited by law from providing...

Registration for the August 2020 CCA exams is now open through June 26. The exam will be taken virtually with an online proctor and examinees will need to schedule their individual exam times between July 27-August 10.  All exams will be taken the week of August 5-12. Registration period:  April 27-June 26 Exam scheduling: July 27-August 10 Exam week: August 5-12 ...

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a registration review of neonicotinoid insecticides to ensure the products meet the latest scientific standards, and opened a public comment period. Registration review includes: Imidacloprid, Clothianidin, Dinotefuran and Thiamethoxam. EPA plans to review all these insecticides to ensure consistency across the class. As part of this multistep process, EPA is seeking public comments on the current proposed interim decisions released on January 30, 2020. Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) provided analysis on neonicotinoid insecticides reporting Kansas is a leading producer in agricultural crops and regulatory...

Due to attempts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we have been forced to cancel our IN-PERSON 2020 Field Days jointly hosted with Kansas State University Research and Extension at the North Agronomy Farm in Manhattan. The two-day session was slated to take place July 7 - 8 and July 9 - 10. We are working with K-State to provide an online alternative and will provide more information as it becomes available. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Samantha Tenpenny (samantha@kansasag.org //...

This evening, Governor Laura Kelly issued executive guidance on her six-week plan to re-open the state of Kansas amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan begins with Monday's expiration of her statewide stay-at-home order. The four-phase plan includes rapid, wide-scale testing capabilities to identify who has been infected before they unknowingly spread the disease. The state plans to recruit and train 400 new workers for a robust contact tracing program. Each phase of the plan, outlined below, would last a minimum of 14 days but could be extended by the state if the virus unexpectedly...

SBA PPP Accepting & Limiting Loan Applications The U.S. Small Business Agency (SBA) will begin taking loan applications today at 9:30 am for its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Click here to read why the SBA is limiting how much in loans a lender can process. Click here to read what you need to know about the PPP's second round. Governor Kelly Expected to Release Plan to Re-open Kansas Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is expected early this week to release her plan to reopen the state as the COVID-19 begins to ease. Click here to...

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