from March 6
TOP HAND PRIZES BENEFIT YOUTH
The Anderson County KLA Committee, which includes Chairman Robert Miller, Roger Brummel, Charlie Foltz, Darren McGhee, Clyde Parks and Robert Rockers, worked as a team to win the 2013 KLA Top Hand recruitment contest, sponsored by John Deere. Their prizes for the year, including those for winning Recruiter of the Month in both June and November, included a specially engraved Marlin 30-30 rifle, a custom-made felt hat from Greeley Hat Works (GHW), $100 in Cabela’s gift cards and $70 in John Deere gift certificates.
In an effort to share the winnings, the committee sold 480 raffle tickets to raise money for scholarships for Anderson County students whose parents or grandparents are KLA members. Two drawings were held earlier this week. In the first drawing, the rifle was the grand prize and second place received the Cabela’s gift card. The winner of a second drawing received the GHW hat and second place was presented the John Deere certificates.
This is just one example of how local KLA groups can team up to increase membership and visibility in their area, while benefitting the next generation of farmers and ranchers. If you would like to do something similar in your county, contact Ryan Higbie or Letty Meek at the KLA office.
from March 5
CATTLEMEN’S DAY, STOCKMEN’S DINNER THIS WEEK
A cattle market outlook and the future of beef export demand highlight the program for Kansas State University Cattlemen’s Day, March 7 at Weber Hall in Manhattan. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. with K-State ag economists Glynn Tonsor and Ted Schroeder projecting what’s ahead financially for beef producers. U.S. Meat Export Federation Senior Vice President of Export Services Paul Clayton will discuss the changing landscape of beef exports.
Afternoon topics will include the new Sunflower Supreme replacement heifer program, steps being taken to protect the Kansas livestock industry from a disease outbreak, heat stress abatement, salmonella in beef, management of genetic defects in commercial beef herds and synchronization protocols for breeding females. Registration is $20 in advance. Registration is available online at www.ksubeef.org.
Tomorrow evening (3/6), Lee Borck of Great Bend will be honored as the K-State Livestock and Meat Industry Council “Stockman of the Year” during a dinner at Four Points by Sheraton in Manhattan. Borck is chairman of the Beef Marketing Group, the fourth largest cattle feeding entity in the U.S. He also serves as president and partner of Innovative Livestock Services Inc. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased by calling Melissa Geisler at (785) 532-7522.
from March 4
STOUT CENTER MATCHING DONATION PROGRAM DEADLINE APPROACHING
KLA member Steve Brecheisen of Vassar has donated proceeds from the sale of a gelding to the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF). The money will be put toward finalizing the Stanley Stout Center at Kansas State University. The horse, which brought $4,100, was sold during the TS Herefords & Quarter Horses annual sale.
In an effort to help reduce the debt, a generous donor has offered to match contributions to the Stout Center, but the deadline is approaching fast. The matching donation program will end Cattlemen’s Day, March 7. Those interested in contributing can contact K-State Animal Sciences and Industry Department Head Ken Odde at (785) 532-1227. KLA members have donated nearly $520,000 through KLF for the Stout Center.
from March 3
LEGISLATURE REACHES FIRST DEADLINE
The state Legislature’s “house-of-origin” deadline occurred last week, which marks the halfway point for the 2014 session. This cutoff date is when most bills must pass the House or Senate to be considered further this session. Below is a status report on a portion of the bills supported by KLA.
Taxes on breeding stock - Legislation that would subtract the net gain from the sale of breeding livestock from an individual’s Kansas adjusted gross income remains alive in the House Tax Committee. The bill, HB 2642, is in response to 2012 legislation that exempted ordinary business revenue from Kansas income tax, but disallowed the use of farm losses to offset capital gain income from the sale of breeding livestock.
Sales tax incentive for livestock facilities - A bill granting a sales tax exemption for the construction, reconstruction, enlarging or remodeling of a livestock facility costing in excess of $50,000 remains alive in the Senate. This measure, SB 202, is a holdover bill from the 2013 session.
Mitigation of watershed dams - A bill authorizing the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s state conservation commission to acquire and administer conservation easements necessary for the mitigation of watershed impoundments still is in play by the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
HB 2654 is intended to facilitate federal permitting requirements necessary for the construction of dams sponsored by watershed districts.
Landowner rights to deer antlers - The House passed HB 2538, which would give landowners the first right of refusal to all wildlife, including antlers of deer, that were illegally hunted on their property. The bill awaits action by the Senate.
from February 28
KLA, NCBA TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON BRAZILIAN BEEF IMPORT PROPOSAL
The USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has proposed a rule that would allow the importation of fresh and frozen beef to the U.S. from certain regions of Brazil. APHIS has determined these regions to be free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), despite the presence of FMD in other areas of Brazil.
KLA and NCBA are evaluating the proposed rule and the accompanying risk analysis in order to prepare comments. NCBA policy specifically opposes the concept of regionalization and fresh beef trade with Brazil. APHIS has extended the deadline for comments to April 22. To review and submit comments on the rule, click here.
from February 27
NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR SHIPPING HOGS TO TEXAS
The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health is advising swine producers to be aware of a new requirement to ship hogs into Texas. Effective February 7, a certificate of veterinary inspection accompanying non-commercial hogs entering Texas for purposes other than immediate slaughter must contain a statement from the issuing veterinarian that, to the best of his or her knowledge, the swine did not originate from a premises known to be affected by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).
“PEDv is of real concern to the swine industry, and it is important that as many preventative measures as possible be taken,” said Kansas Animal Health Commissioner Bill Brown.
Swine producers, particularly those raising animals for the youth show market, should visit with their local veterinarian about steps to ensure this disease does not spread further and impact their farm businesses.
from February 26
KANSAS RANKED TOP IN MILK PRODUCTION GROWTH
According to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service, Kansas milk production grew 7.3% last year, the fastest of any state in the U.S. Kansas is home to more than 300 dairy farms and 137,000 dairy cows.
Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) economist Josh Roe said the value of milk produced in the state in 2013 totaled nearly $592 million, adding almost $131 million to the economy and 482 jobs. In addition, Kansas posted the third largest increase in total pounds of milk production in 2013, only trailing Wisconsin and New York.
“The remarkable growth we have seen in Kansas this year and in years past is an excellent testament to the quality of work Kansas dairymen and women conduct on a daily basis,” said KDA Dairy Agribusiness Development Coordinator Billy Brown.
from February 25
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR CATTLE FEEDERS HALL OF FAME
Voting for nominees to the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame now is underway at www.cattlefeeders.org. Two nominees with KLA ties are on the ballot, highlighted by the late Earl Brookover, who started Brookover Feed Yards near Garden City. Robert “Bob” Josserand, founder of AzTx Cattle Co., is on the list of nominees as well. AzTx has feedyards in Garden City, KS, and Hereford, TX.
Other nominees for the Hall of Fame are Nebraska cattle feeder Roy Dinsdale; Idaho cattle feeder, farmer and businessman J. R. “Jack” Simplot; and Arizona cattle feeder Carl Stevenson. Two inductees will be announced this summer from the five nominees.
Voting is taking place at the same site for the 2014 Industry Leadership Award. Nominees are former CattleFax Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Topper Thorpe, Calf News editor and publisher Betty Jo Gigot and CattleFax CEO Randy Blach.
from February 24
MEMBERS TAKE POSITIONS ON LEGISLATIVE BILLS
Members attending last week’s annual KLA Legislative Meeting reviewed more than 35 bills pending before the Kansas Legislature. The KLA Board of Directors and members in attendance at the general session voted to support or oppose 11 bills not addressed by association policy adopted at last year’s annual meeting. Below is a summary and update on a portion of these bills.
Liability protection - The House of Representatives recently passed legislation to protect private landowners from frivolous lawsuits due to injuries of unauthorized intruders. The measure, HB 2447, is supported by KLA and will advance to the Senate for further consideration.
Taxes on breeding stock - KLA presented testimony last week in support of HB 2642, a bill that would subtract the net gain from the sale of breeding livestock from an individual’s Kansas adjusted gross income. HB 2642 is in response to 2012 legislation that exempted ordinary business revenue from Kansas income tax, but disallowed the use of farm losses to offset capital gain income from the sale of breeding livestock.
Landowner rights to deer antlers - The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing last week on a KLA-supported bill, HB 2538, that would give landowners the first right of refusal to the antlers of deer illegally hunted on their property. The bill awaits action by the committee.
Restricting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles - KLA is supporting two bills that would restrict the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in Kansas. HB 2683 would create a civil cause of action for individuals who are the target of unauthorized data collection from such vehicles. The bill also would require government entities to annually report all uses of such vehicles. A similar proposal, SB 409, would prohibit the collection or disclosure of personal information from an unmanned aerial vehicle. The Senate proposal also prohibits state agencies from procuring a public unmanned vehicle without express approval of the Legislature. KLA testified in support of SB 409 during a hearing before the Senate Natural Resources Committee last week.
Mitigation of watershed dams - KLA provided testimony in support of HB 2654, which would authorize the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s state conservation commission to acquire and administer conservation easements necessary for the mitigation of watershed impoundments. The bill is intended to facilitate federal permitting requirements necessary for the construction of dams sponsored by watershed districts.
from February 21
YSA MEMBERS GATHER IN TOPEKA FOR FIRST SEMINAR
Twenty young cattlemen and women from across the state met in Topeka this week for the first installment of the 2014 KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy (YSA). Merck Animal Health is again serving as the exclusive sponsor of the program. A series of four seminars will be provided throughout the year.
During the two-day session, attendees participated in advocacy training, learned more about the legislative process and heard from KLA staff about the array of services the association provides. As part of an interactive training session led by KLA staff, White City rancher and beef advocate Debbie Lyons-Blythe and WIBW-Topeka farm broadcasters Kelly Lenz and Greg Akagi, the group was given an overview of the various media outlets available to help tell the beef production story. They participated in a hands-on social media activity and mock radio talk show.
In addition, YSA members attended a Senate Agriculture Committee meeting at the Capitol and had lunch with their legislators prior to participating in a financial planning seminar conducted by Kennedy and Coe, LLC.
The second installment of the YSA class will be held in May. Members will have the opportunity to learn more about the agribusiness and retail beef industries.