KLA Member Input Needed On Policy Issues Discussed At The Convention

November 7, 2018

Members can have a voice in the policy process by providing input during business meetings at the KLA Convention, November 28-30 in Wichita. Committees and councils will discuss issues important to the livestock industry.

The KLA Stockgrowers Council will consider a report proposing the Kansas Legislature designate a single state agency to lead and coordinate wildfire suppression efforts and provide sufficient funding for this purpose. Council members will take a look at legislation and state agency actions that would offer more protections and enforcement actions against trespassers on private land next to the Arkansas River.

During the Cattle Feeders Council meeting, NCBA Director of International Trade and Market Access Kent Bacus will provide an update on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCTA), as well as negotiations with China and Japan. CattleFax Vice President of Industry Relations Kevin Good will share his thoughts on the beef industry’s position in the protein market, as well as issues cattle feeders should be watching.

Dairy Council members will hear a report from Amy L. Erlbacher-Anderson with Baird Holm LLP on immigration compliance and enforcement issues, including information about the recent raids in Nebraska. In addition, Bacus will provide an update regarding USMCTA.

Members of the KLA Animal Health & ID Committee will discuss acute interstitial pneumonia and other causes of late feeding period death loss in fed cattle. Staff from the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health will provide an update on disease control activities.

The Natural Resources Committee agenda will include a report from Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) officials on plans to force closure of livestock facility lagoons if the permit is expired or has not been properly maintained. KDHE sent letters this fall to potential facilities that could be impacted by the enforcement initiative. Producers who received letters are encouraged to attend.

The KLA Tax Committee also will hear from Bacus on federal tax reform and current trade issues. President and CEO of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Alan Cobb will participate on a panel discussing the legislative potential for a constitutional amendment regarding K-12 school finance.   

Resolutions advancing through committees and councils will require final approval from the general KLA membership at the end of the convention. Policy emerging from this process will guide KLA officers and staff throughout 2019.

A convention schedule, hotel information and a registration form can be found here. To save money, register before November 16.