Farm Talk

November 26, 2013

KLA members set to tackle tough issues at convention

Laura Mushrush

Parsons, Kansas — The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) has been preparing for its 101st convention and 42nd trade show which will be held at the Cen-tury II and Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kan., Dec. 4-6.

“Attendants have opportunities to attend policy meetings and have a say in action taken,” Manager of Member Services Letty Meek said.

The convention will also hold educational opportunities and social collaboration between members.

On Nov. 5, KLA held its first of eight Leadership Roundtables. Across the state, KLA members were invited to join area members and leaders to voice concerns and learn about KLA’s involvements.

“These help us get a wider input prior to the convention,” Meek explained. “The discussion helps leadership and office staff get feedback and hear about issues they weren’t informed about.”

Leadership Roundtable attendants were briefed about KLA’s involvement in:

•2013 Farm Bill

•The Kansas Corporate Farming Laws

•Water policy issues

•Kansas Trichomoniasis regulations

•Kansas Beef Council activities.

KLA members present at the roundtable events voiced concerns including:

•Burn bans and smoke regulations

•Policy pertaining to wind energy

•Beef Checkoff Program funding

•Country of Origin Labeling

•Public acceptance of agricultural practices

•Property rights issues related to low flying aircraft.

According to Meek, information gathered from members will be investigated and discussed in greater detail at the convention.

Registration at the Wichita Hyatt and Century II Convention Center will start at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The Cattlemen’s Banquet kicks off the evening followed by speaker Bruce Vincent. Vincent is a third-generation logger from Libby, Mont., who will be addressing the challenges farmers and ranchers face in dealing with anti-agriculture activist groups.

Other speaker topics include grazing strategies to maximize forage, economic signals for expansion, cattle and beef market outlook for 2014 and the Sunflower Supreme heifer development program. A full schedule and speaker bios can be found at

Hotels and registration are still open. Registration can be made for one, two, or all three days of the convention.

The Hotel at Waterwalk can be reached at 316-263-1060, and the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview can be reached at 316-262-5000. Mention you are with KLA by Nov. 27 to receive a special rate. £