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Jeffery D. (Jeff) Christensen, age 57, passed away early Sunday morning, August 30, 2020, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas. Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 from noon to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. Attendance at service will follow the guidelines set for social distancing to be maintained. This is for safety and the best interest of community health. The use of social media is encouraged in lieu of attending. For those that wish to take advantage of social media, please...

Due to ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the boards of directors for Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) jointly made the decision to cancel the 2020 Kansas Agri Business Expo scheduled for Nov. 18 – 19 at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita. The Expo, a jointly-coordinated venture between KGFA and KARA, is annually the largest indoor agribusiness tradeshow in the Midwest, drawing more than 1,100 attendees and 150 exhibitors. “We wish to be as respectful as possible to our attendees, exhibitors,...

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) organized a coalition of crop production stakeholders and sent a letter to United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler regarding timely consideration and approval of registration of dicamba herbicide product labels yesterday afternoon. As new formulation dicamba products, when applied in accordance with the label directions and in conjunction with dicamba-tolerant trait crops, have been used effectively in the production of soybeans and cotton in Kansas, stakeholders in production agriculture wrote to the EPA urging expedited agency action on the issuance of new registrations. The groups...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on a petition by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) requesting EPA to revoke all tolerances for residues of neonicotinoid pesticides (Imidacloprid, Clothianidin, Dinotefuran, Acetamiprid, and Thiamethoxam), on the alleged basis that the analysis supporting the tolerances is flawed and the tolerances are unsafe for the American population. This is published for comments by EPA as EPA Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPP-2020-0306, Petition to Revoke All Neonicotinoid Tolerances and Comments Regarding Dietary Exposure. Comments on the petition are due to EPA by Aug....

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association is proud to announce plans for its 1A, ag plant and commercial application, recertification to be held in EITHER Salina or Lindsborg on Thursday, November 5, 2020. For the first time, attendees will have the option to recertify in-person or online via recorded Zoom sessions. Both in-person and online programs are slated to be FULL RECERTIFICATION programs, including the Core Hour, needed to recertify On-site attendance includes meals and handouts for $140. In-person attendees must practice social distancing, wear masks in all common/gathering areas and be seated six feet...

Due to cancellation of the in-person 2020 Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) annual meeting over concerns with the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), KARA held its 2020 annual meeting via Zoom on August 25 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Chairman Lance Nelson (Alliance Ag & Grain), and Second Vice Chairman Dustin Kuntz (Harveyville Seed Company Inc.) and President and CEO Ron Seeber administered the KARA annual business meeting obligations and provided KARA’s annual ‘State of the Association’ report. Minutes from the meeting are below. KARA Annual Meeting Minutes Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (via Zoom) Chairman Lance Nelson called...

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs will host a webinar on Sept. 15, 2020, to conclude its five-part series dedicated to pollinator health and habitat. The webinar, Engaging Stakeholders: Development and Implementation of Pollinator Protection Plans, will discuss how managed pollinator protection plans (MP3s) reduce exposure of bees to pesticides through sustainable agriculture and increased stakeholder engagement. The webinar will also address EPA’s plan to assess the impact of MP3s while coordinating outreach with stakeholders regarding the effectiveness of MP3 implementation. Featured speakers include: Liza Fleeson Trossbach from the Virginia Department of Agriculture; ...

EPA Region 7 is hosting a webinar on August 25 at 11:00 a.m., explaining how the recent Risk Management Program rule changes affect your regulated processes. Detailed explanations include: Changes to incident investigations Public meetings following RMP reportable accidents Emergency response exercises Enhanced coordination with local emergency planners and responders **THIS WEBINAR IS FREE TO ATTEND** Registration information is available by clicking the button below. REGISTRATION INFORMATION...

Following the tragic incident in Beirut, the ARA policy team has been working closely with their counterparts at TFI to ensure that U.S. lawmakers and regulators have information on the safety and security of ammonium nitrate, including our industry-led effort in ResponsibleAg. A fact sheet has been developed and is linked below. FACT SHEET...

The Economic Development and Connectivity grant program is a new COVID response program that will use $60 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide grants to small businesses and nonprofits that have incurred losses greater than 25% of revenues during the COVID pandemic, among other eligible categories. The program is being administered by the state's Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) task force and the Kansas Dept. of Commerce. KARA will provide more information as soon as it is available. On Monday, August 10, the...

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