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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to create a pilot program to allow truck drivers aged 18-20 to drive across state lines. This is an effort to make federal law more consistent with state laws. Currently, in 49 states, the minimum age for intrastate truck operation is 18, while the federal minimum is 21 for interstate truck operation. Required Training for Pilot Program Drivers: FMCSA proposes to allow 18- to 20-year-old CDL holders to operate CMVs in interstate commerce while taking part in a 120-hour probationary...

Anyone wishing to earn 1A recertification credits through Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association's online course on Nov. 5, must register for the class by NOON today, Nov. 3, 2020. The association is still offering in-person registration as well as walk-in attendance on Thursday Nov. 5 at Tony's Pizza Event Center (800 The Midway) in Salina. Both in-person and online programs are slated to be FULL RECERTIFICATION programs, including the Core Hour, needed to recertify and eight pest management CEUs. On-site attendance includes meals and handouts for $140. In-person attendees must practice social distancing, wear...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a proposed interim decision for the widely-used herbicide, paraquat. The interim decision meets industry and stakeholders' requests in previous comments. As part of the proposed safety measures, EPA is proposing to add language to the Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) statement that will allow truck drivers who are not certified applicators to transport containers of paraquat that have been opened, and provided they are following Directions for Use. This provision was included after Agricultural Retailers Association brought this potential transportation issue to EPA’s attention because...

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association has learned EPA has announced its decision on approving new five-year registrations for two dicamba products and extending the registration of an additional dicamba product. The full EPA press release, as well as stakeholder responses from BASF, Bayer and Syngenta are below. All three registrations include new control measures to ensure these products can be used effectively while protecting the environment, including non-target plants, animals, and other crops not tolerant to dicamba. “With today’s decision, farmers now have the certainty they need to make plans for their 2021...

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association has received updated guidance from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) and the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) regarding the COVID-19 truck weight exemption set forth in Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-65. The exemption allows for a 10 percent weight waiver (up to 90,000 pounds) on trucks hauling essential goods for direct relief of the COVID-19 pandemic. KDOT and KHP have determined that the overweight hauling of pesticide, fertilizer, and other ag inputs are not part of direct COVID-19 relief, and so do not qualify for the...

A public hearing will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on December 7, 2020, in the 1st floor meeting room 124 of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, 1320 Research Park Dr., Manhattan, Kansas to consider the adoption of proposed regulations. Due to the public health concerns posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the hearing proceedings will also be available via video conferencing system. Anyone desiring to participate in the public hearing via video conference must pre-register at: https://kansasag.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpdu6qqTwqGtYU5 Y Uk22Znv4hc-lnrOt. Individuals planning to attend in person, please contact Ronda Hutton via email at...

United States EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler has responded to Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) and other industry stakeholders regarding calls for swift decisions on Dicamba herbicide product label registrations. "The Environmental Protection Agency is working to complete registration decisions on dicamba by the middle of this month. We are currently reviewing the registration by two of the companies that produce dicamba, and we hope to have a decision by middle of October,” Wheeler said. KARA organized a coalition of crop production stakeholders and sent a letter to EPA regarding timely consideration in...

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) staff will once again be covering all corners of the state in 2021 providing invaluable industry-specific training programs to its members and interested parties. “The pandemic showed us even though our country could be shut down, our industry and the resources we provide as an association are essential. We worked hard in the last year to adapt and in some cases modernize our training programs so we can continue to offer value no matter the situation,” KARA President and CEO Ron Seeber said. “I’m proud of...

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association urges your support of FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act), the nation’s pesticide law, which provides for the federal regulation of pesticide distribution, sale and use. FIFRA also establishes stringent safety standards and oversight. Newly-proposed federal legislation (H.R. 7940 and S. 4406) would jeopardize the innovation, and continued availability of pesticide products by imposing an unscientific process that would unnecessarily remove pest control options from those who need them. A few weeks ago, KARA signed onto a stakeholder letter circulated to congressional offices. The letter defended the...

Bayer announced today that the European Commission has authorized XtendFlex soybean technology for food, feed, import and processing in the European Union. This milestone represents the final key authorization for XtendFlex soybeans. With this approval in hand, Bayer can now look forward to a full launch in the United States and Canada in 2021 and expects to be in a strong position to supply 20 million U.S. soy acres when the selling season arrives. “XtendFlex soybeans will be Bayer’s second major product launch in soybeans in the last 5 years,” said...

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