KLA member input will be the most important part of this week's annual convention, Thursday and Friday in Wichita. According to KLA President Ken Grecian, broad input and thorough discussion makes for strong policy that gives officers and staff direction on important business issues.

The discussion during KLA committee meetings will cover a broad range of issues. Animal Health and Identification Committee members will discuss trichomoniasis control efforts and the Animal Disease Traceability program proposed by USDA. Those attending the Natural Resources Committee meeting will discuss the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan, including comments from Josh Svaty with Environmental Protection Agency Region 7. The Tax Committee will review and discuss Gov. Sam Brownback’s tentative plans to change state tax law and how education is funded.

KLA councils have full agendas for the convention. The Stockgrowers Council will continue the discussion about potential new trichomoniasis regulations that would apply when bulls change ownership. Cattle Feeders Council members will learn more about a checkoff-funded beef industry sustainability assessment and hear an update on regulatory issues affecting the feeding industry.

Rooms are available at the Fairfield Inn by calling (316) 201-1400. The KLA room block at convention headquarters, the Wichita Hyatt, is full. Members and guests can register on-site at the Wichita Hyatt/Century II Convention Center. For a complete schedule, click here

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