The Kansas Legislature has reached the half-way point in the 2017 regular session. Several bills important to livestock producers were passed out of their house of origin before the February 23 deadline, which allows for further consideration prior to the end of the session.
The Kansas Livestock Foundation recently announced a line-up of scholarships available for the 2017-18 school year. The list of requirements for each and an application are available on www.kla.org.
Despite extensive budget discussions taking place at the state Capitol, hearings have been held on several ag-focused bills in the House. Todd Domer says the Kansas Livestock Association has weighed in on proposed legislation dealing with water and noxious weeds.
A number of Kansas cattle producers recently were elected or appointed to serve in important positions with national beef organizations. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association says they are coming into leadership as another Kansan is finishing his term at the top.
Input from the producer level guides the Kansas Livestock Association on numerous issues facing the livestock industry. Todd Domer with KLA says ranchers and feeders from across the state recently were elected or appointed to grassroots leadership positions that help determine the organization’s direction on these important policy matters.
Members of the 2017 Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockmen’s Academy recently were announced. Scarlett Hagins with KLA says these young farmers and ranchers will spend the next year learning more about the association and the livestock industry from pasture to plate.
Officials with the state of Kansas say the caseload of criminal activity involving livestock continues to increase. Todd Domer with the Kansas Livestock Association says there has been some success in catching thieves and returning livestock to the rightful owners.
Ranches continue to recover from the massive Anderson Creek Wildfire last spring in Barber and Comanche counties. Todd Domer says the Kansas Livestock Foundation has not only helped ranchers with the recovery process, but also some emergency service providers involved in fighting the fire.