KLA Leaders Discuss Disaster Programs In Washington, D.C.

Source: Kansas Livestock Association

KLA volunteer leaders and staff participated in the NCBA Legislative Conference last week in Washington, D.C. The conference provides an opportunity to discuss important legislative and regulatory issues affecting the livestock industry with members of Congress and federal agency personnel.

Issues important to Kansas livestock producers were discussed during meetings with each member of the Kansas congressional delegation. The KLA group highlighted the need for flexibility in administering USDA disaster programs available to ranchers impacted by wildfires. KLA expressed the need for a common-sense approach to fencing requirements and that payment limits for disaster programs should recognize the needs of multi-family ranching operations. KLA leaders also shared with USDA Farm Service Agency personnel concerns about the administration of disaster programs available to ranchers affected by wildfires. The group again highlighted the need for flexibility in applying payment limits and requirements for repairing and replacing damaged fences.

“We appreciate the assistance of the Kansas congressional delegation in making disaster programs more effective for Kansas ranchers,” said KLA President David Clawson of Englewood. “We saw firsthand the strong working relationship between KLA and our members of Congress.”

The KLA group also asked the Kansas delegation to be active in efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. Members emphasized the need for a guest worker program that accommodates the year-round labor needs of livestock operations.