For up-to-date information regarding news concerning agribusiness and COVID-19, please see the stories below.

KANSAS EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-33, MOTOR CARRIER EXTENSION – EXPIRING ON JUNE 14

May 18, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-33, maintaining the 10 percent weight waiver up to 90,000 lbs for trucks hauling essential goods and supplies expires on June 14, 2020.

GOVERNOR KELLY ADDS NEW PHASE TO “AD ASTRA” PLAN

May 14, 2020

This afternoon, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 20-31, which establishes a new phase to the “Ad Astra: Plan to Reopen Kansas.” The new “1.5” Phase, effective May 18, 2020, continues reopening efforts while preserving some data-driven restrictions necessary to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.

RENEW KANSAS URGES CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION SUPPORT OF BIOFUELS FUNDING IN HEROES ACT

May 14, 2020

Renew Kansas Biofuels Association sent a letter to the Kansas Congressional delegation urging their support of biofuels relief funding outlined in the House of Representatives recently-introduced Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act.

WEBINAR: COVID-19 AND WORKPLACE SAFETY WITH ERIC J. CONN

May 12, 2020

Featuring Eric J. Conn, OSHA Practice Group Chair at Conn Maciel Carey, this webinar will break down the workplace safety implications of OSHA’s recently issued “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19,” which defines risk categories and provides recommendations on how to protect employees.

SBA to make loans specifically for agribusinesses

May 05, 2020

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs.

GOVERNOR KELLY DETAILS PLAN TO RE-OPEN KANSAS

April 30, 2020

This evening, Governor Laura Kelly issued executive guidance on her six-week plan to re-open the state of Kansas amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: SBA PPP UPDATE & GOV. KELLY PLAN TO REOPEN KANSAS

April 29, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Agency (SBA) will begin taking loan applications today at 9:30 am for its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is expected early this week to release her plan to reopen the state as the COVID-19 begins to ease.

CONGRESS PASSES 4TH COVID-19 RESPONSE BILL THURSDAY

April 24, 2020

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate’s vote on Tuesday to pass the fourth COVID-19 response bill aimed to shore up funding for small businesses hurt by the global pandemic.

KANSAS LEGISLATURE UPDATE – LEGISLATURE PUSHES BACK DATE TO RECONVENE

April 22, 2020

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the Legislative Coordinating Council (LCC) of the Kansas Legislature met to discuss the possible reconvening of the legislature.

NGFA: IMPORTANT MESSAGE ON OBTAINING PPE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

April 21, 2020

For the past several weeks, National Grain and Feed Association has been working intensely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the FEMA Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force to prioritize the needs of the food and agriculture sector for access to available personal protection equipment (PPE), as well as disinfectants and sanitation supplies, to protect the health and safety of employees within the sector and to retain consumer confidence.

FMCSA RELEASES GUIDELINES ON CDL RENEWALS AND SEASONAL DRIVERS

April 21, 2020

Last week, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a set of answers to frequently asked questions regarding State Driver Licensing Agencies and commercial driver’s license holders during the COVID-19 pandemic. This information may be helpful to members as it relates to retention of current drivers and the licensing of new seasonal drivers. The FAQ’s specifically address HAZMAT endorsements and skills tests for new drivers.

KANSAS LEGISLATURE UPDATE – INTERIM REPORT

April 21, 2020

In March, the Legislature passed a budget for the remainder of fiscal year ’20 (through June 30) and for fiscal year 2021. At the time, the state’s ending balance June 30 would have been $927 million, and was projected to be $730 million at the end of 2021.

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USCIS TEMPORARILY AMENDS CERTAIN H-2A REQUIREMENTS DURING COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

April 17, 2020

On April 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security and USCIS will publish a temporary final rule to amend certain H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers avoid disruptions in lawful agricultural-related employment, protect the nation’s food supply chain, and lessen impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

GOVERNOR KELLY EXTENDS STAY AT HOME ORDER TO MAY 3 … KANSAS BIOFUELS STILL EXEMPT

April 16, 2020

This afternoon, Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order #20-24 extending the statewide “stay home” set to expire April 19, to midnight May 3.

OSHA RELEASES GUIDANCE DETERMINING COVID-19 AS A RECORDABLE ILLNESS

April 16, 2020

Last Friday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an enforcement guidance with details on how employers should record occupational illnesses, specifically cases of the COVID-19.

SBA RESOURCES & KANSAS EXECUTIVE ORDER 20-22, MOTOR CARRIER EXTENSION

April 14, 2020

Governor Laura Kelly has issued Executive Order 20-22 which extends the previous Executive Order 20-09, which expired on April 12, 2020. The Order maintains the 10% weight wavier up to 90,000 lbs for trucks hauling essential goods and supplies.

OSHA ISSUES NEW RESPIRATOR GUIDANCE

April 09, 2020

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – NEW PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP)

April 02, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the CARES act, creating the Paycheck Protection Program under the Small Business Administration (SBA). This guaranteed loan program authorizes approximately $350 billion in forgivable loan funding for small business payroll (including 1099 employees) and other monthly expenses.

Kansas Division of Vehicles Offering limited service CDL Appointments

March 30, 2020

Due to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) extensions, and in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kansas Division of Vehicles will offer on April 1, 2020 limited service to allow custom harvesters the opportunity to schedule appointments for CDL services. You can call today to schedule an appointment today.

Congress Stimulus Package

March 27, 2020

The stimulus package passed by Congress contained a number of agriculture provisions to aid farmers and farm suppliers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Essential Employee Documentation

March 27, 2020

Members can format for their own use for their employees to carry with them as they travel and work within a county that is under an Emergency Public Health Order.

ETHANOL FOR HAND SANITIZERS

March 26, 2020

Ethanol is a great biocide, disinfecting agent and there is a process of facility evaluation and product evaluation, as well as registrations, that are necessary in order to utilize ethanol for these non-fuel applications.

FMCSA Issues Waiver in Response to COVID-19

March 25, 2020

FMCSA has issued a waiver in response to COVID-19 outbreaks as several states are experiencing employee absences or have closed offices.

County “Stay at Home” Orders – Know What to Do

March 25, 2020

Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, at least 14 Kansas counties have issued emergency “stay at home” orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of these local orders defines, and exempts, “essential businesses.”

Renew Kansas leads COVID-19 outreach effort to Governor’s office

March 23, 2020

Throughout this unprecedented time in our country, we have been working non-stop to ensure COVID-19 executive orders from Topeka do not impede on your ability to feed the world. In coordination with 15 agriculture-related organizations, known as the Kansas Agricultural Alliance, we spearheaded the effort to send the letter below to Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam this morning.

KDA: Continuity of Kansas Ag Industry Remains a Priority

March 18, 2020

Please find below a press release from the Kansas Department of Agriculture stressing the importance of our industry and the vital role you play in the state, national and international supply chain. Your association has been in close communication with our state and federal regulators since the onset of the COVID-19 game changer and have received insurances that robust agribusiness operations are vital to keep the country moving.

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