from July 21
|| KANSAS SENATE
|9||Kent Thompson, Iola
||35||Marshall Christmann, Lyons
|19|| Stephanie Clayton, Overland Park
||37||Molly Baumgardner, Louisburg
|21||Barbara Bollier, Mission Hills
|30||Ron Worley, Lenexa
|| U.S. HOUSE
|45||Tom Sloan, Lawrence
||Scott Schwab, Olathe
||2||Lynn Jenkins, Topeka
|50||Joshua Powell, Topeka
||3||Kevin Yoder, Overland Park
|59||Blaine Finch, Ottawa
||4||Mike Pompeo, Wichita
||John Barker, Abilene
||Diana Dierks, Salina
||Marc Rhoades, Newton
||Pat Roberts, Dodge City
|91||Gene Suellentrop, Wichita
||Joe Edwards, Haysville
||Les Osterman, Wichita
||Sam Brownback/Jeff Colyer
|99||Dennis Hedke, Wichita
|117||John Ewy, Jetmore
||SECRETARY OF STATE|
|120||Rick Billinger, Goodland
||Scott Morgan, Lawrence|
|122||Russell Jennings, Lakin
ENTRIES, SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR KJLS DUE AUGUST 15
Premium books containing entry forms for the 82nd annual Kansas
Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) have been mailed to all exhibitors from
last year’s event. The 2014 show will be held September 19-22 at the
Kansas Pavilions in Wichita.
Show entries must be postmarked by August 15. Forms need to be signed by the exhibitor’s county extension agent or ag instructor and mailed to the show office in Wichita. Those who did not receive an entry form can contact their county extension office or go to www.kjls.org.
During the show, KJLS will award 10 to 18 scholarships ranging in amounts from $750 to $2,500 to students from across the state. Scholarship applications are included in the show catalog and can be found on the KJLS web site listed above. Applications are due August 15.
KLA, Kansas State University and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita are the three major sponsors of the show.
KLA/K-STATE RANCH FIELD DAYS COMING TO WILMORE, UNIONTOWN, DELPHOS
The 2014 KLA/Kansas State University Ranch
Management Field Days will be held August 13, 18 and 20. Merrill Ranch
of Wilmore is the site of the August 13 field day. Lafe and Linda
Wilson, and son Eric, will host the August 18 event near Uniontown and
Pike Trail Cattle Company at Delphos will serve as the August 20 field
Each event will start at 4:00 p.m., include educational and informational sessions, and conclude with dinner. More specific program information will be announced in the coming weeks. Bayer Animal Health and the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas are sponsors of the field days.
KLA ACCUSES EPA OF IGNORING AG’S SUGGESTIONS ON WATERS OF THE U.S.
KLA Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs Aaron Popelka expressed disappointment after meeting with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy earlier this week to discuss the agency’s proposed waters of the U.S. rule. He said it is clear after the meeting and her remarks before the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City that EPA has “no intention of working with agricultural stakeholders to reform this deeply flawed proposal.”
According to Popelka, McCarthy misrepresented the content of the proposed rule defining waters of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act. She said the proposal would not regulate groundwater or land use, while legal analysis by national and state ag organizations, including KLA, suggest it would greatly expand federal jurisdiction over groundwater, ponds, ditches and, in some cases, dry land.
Instead of acknowledging the specific concerns of ag stakeholders raised with McCarthy during a July 9 meeting in Columbia, MO, she claimed farm and ranch organizations misunderstood EPA’s intent or have misread the rule. She also inaccurately suggested major ag organizations, including NCBA, asked for the proposed rule.
“Nothing could be further from the truth and we call on the administrator to stop propagating these false statements,” said Popelka.
KLA is a member of the Kansas Agricultural Alliance, which previously called on the state’s congressional delegation, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to join forces against the EPA proposal. Gov. Brownback said this week the state is developing a coordinated response to the federal overreach contained in EPA’s waters of the U.S. rule.
BILL WOULD PROTECT AG PRODUCERS FROM CONSEQUENCES OF LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN LISTING
U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran have introduced an amendment
to the bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 that would prohibit USDA and
the U.S. Department of Interior from requiring any alteration of land
management practices due to the threatened listing of the lesser prairie
chicken. The amendment is co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK),
John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“As conservation efforts for the lesser prairie chicken are considered, farmers and ranchers deserve the flexibility to implement plans that fit their operations,” said Moran. “I am committed to making certain the measures implemented are based on sound science and common sense, as well as represent the best interest of producers.”
The two U.S. senators from Kansas worked to avoid the lesser prairie chicken listing. Roberts and Moran signed onto a bipartisan letter last year requesting a six-month delay in the listing decision. This resulted in an extension to allow for further evaluation of the science behind the listing decision and for a special five-state species conservation plan to work.
COALITION ASKS CONGRESS TO PREVENT NON-COMPLIANCE ON COOL
NCBA is part of a broad national coalition urging Congress to
direct the U.S. secretary of agriculture to suspend indefinitely the
revised country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule if it is found to be in
violation of international trade rules. A World Trade Organization (WTO)
dispute settlement panel is expected to issue its final report later
this month on whether the mandatory U.S. COOL rule is compliant. If the
U.S. is found to be noncompliant by WTO, Canada and Mexico have
indicated they will retaliate in the form of billions of dollars in
tariffs against U.S. goods, including meat.
WTO ruled against the original version of the mandatory COOL rule in 2011, finding it discriminated against imported livestock and did not meet the objective to provide complete information to U.S. consumers on the origin of meat products. The international trade body gave the U.S. until May 2013 to bring the COOL rule into compliance. However, Canada and Mexico challenged the revised rule, arguing COOL has a trade-distorting impact by reducing the value and number of cattle and hogs shipped to the U.S. market. The trading partners suggest this violates the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement.
According to a news release issued by the coalition, if Congress fails to ensure mandatory U.S. COOL complies with international trade obligations, American jobs and manufacturing will be put at risk.
The COOL Reform Coalition is comprised of a diverse group of associations and companies that represent the U.S. food, agriculture and manufacturing industries.
EPA HEAD TO ADDRESS WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE IN KANSAS CITY SPEECH
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Gina McCarthy will discuss her agency’s proposed waters of the United
States rule during a Thursday (7/10) speech to the Agricultural Business
Council of Kansas City. The Kansas agriculture community, including
KLA, is unified in opposition to the rule.
McCarthy will share the Obama administration’s views on why the proposed rule is needed. She will answer questions about the implications of the rule.
KLA is a member of the Ag Business Council. Members of the KLA legislative affairs staff will be in attendance for McCarthy’s presentation.
The waters of the U.S. proposal attempts to bring ponds, ditches and even dry land, in some cases, under federal jurisdiction. If approved, KLA legal staff believes the rule would increase producer compliance costs and serve as a burden to routine farm and ranch activities like grazing, prescribed burning and terracing.