(TOPEKA) – The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) will provide more timely and efficient service to rancher, feeder and dairy members in western Kansas from a new office in Scott City. The office opened June 1 and will house a variety of KLA staff primarily involved in providing service to western Kansas members.

“Having an office in western Kansas has been a long-time dream of the association,” according to KLA President Mark Smith, a rancher from Sharon Springs. “This office will allow us to better serve the needs of the livestock industry in the High Plains area.”

The primary occupants will be employees of KLA Environmental Services (KLA ES). The 11 full-time employees in this division all previously were located in Salina. KLA ES has experienced growing demand from the cattle feeding and dairy industries for services including waste management system design, nutrient management plans, water resources planning and assistance with permit applications for facilities. A portion of the existing KLA ES staff will move to the Scott City office. Over time, there will be other positions within KLA that also will be transferred to the new western Kansas office.

“KLA has been receiving more requests for hands-on help with regulatory issues such as nutrient management plans and transferring water rights,” said Smith.

The opening of the Scott City KLA office was made possible by a $500,000 gift from the Jennison family, which has a long history in the western Kansas banking business. The Jennison Family has been involved in banking since 1906 when First State Bank of Healy was organized. Harold and Robert Jennison spent their lifetimes serving customers and communities. They were licensed insurance agents and real estate brokers and prepared income tax returns for customers. Harold and Robert were instrumental in getting street signs and street lights installed in Healy. They operated the Healy Telephone Co. until it merged with S & T Telephone Company. Their children, Lois Fenster and Pam Jennison, both from Healy, and Paul Jennison of Concorde, CA, continue to serve active roles in the management of the banks in which they are involved. These five banks are located in Healy, Ransom, Scott City, Oakley and Colby, with assets of more than $400 million.

“The livestock industry greatly appreciates the generosity of the Jennison family,” said Smith, who added no dues dollars were used to build the new Scott City office.

The KLA headquarters office in Topeka will continue to house most of the association staff. This facility was built 20 years ago and provides easy access to government bodies KLA works with on behalf of producer members every day, including the state Legislature and state agencies.

KLA is a trade organization representing the state’s beef business on legislative, regulatory and industry issues at both the state and federal levels. The association’s work is funded through voluntary dues dollars paid by its members.

For more information visit www.kla.org.