TOPEKA, Kan. — In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas Task Force has approved more than $130 million in relief funding for economic development and connectivity in the state. These federally provided dollars are being awarded in the form of grants to eligible businesses through the Kansas Department of Commerce. Two of these grant programs may be of interest to KLA members.
The Securing Local Food Systems grant program was created to support small meat processing facilities, food processors, food banks, local direct-to-consumer producers and retail outlets to address supply chain disruptions as a result of the pandemic. The program is based on the need to increase capacity of local food systems. Specifically, small meat processors can apply for a grant to fund expansion of cold storage, equipment upgrades and updates or expansion of processing areas. KLA made clear the need for assisting small processors in discussions earlier this year with the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Grant applications should be made for capacity-related improvements since March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020.
In addition, businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to apply for Small Business Working Capital grants. Funds can be used to pay working capital expenses such as payroll, insurance, rent, mortgage payments, utilities, inventory and more. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.
For a list of eligibility requirements for each of these grants or to apply, click here.
TOPEKA, Kan. — Educational sessions for the August 18 KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day near Uniontown will include a panel discussion on the utilization of cover crop grazing systems, an outlook on the markets and the factors that affect them, optimizing cowherd efficiency and combating ag stress. The event will be hosted by G-Three Cattle Company, owned by the George family, in honor of Darrel George.
K-State extension beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney and Jared Pollock and Gale George, both of G-Three Cattle Company, will discuss the management considerations of utilizing annual forages as a grazing source and how to implement and incorporate these systems. Tanner Ehmke, CoBank manager of knowledge exchange, will talk about market trends and provide an outlook based on his team’s research. K-State extension beef breeding and genetics specialist Bob Weaber will discuss what criteria to consider in determining an ideal mature cow weight. Kelsey Olson, deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, will highlight resources to assist farmers and ranchers in managing stress, financial and legal challenges and more.
The field day will begin with registration at 3:00 p.m. and include a free beef dinner at 6:45 p.m. The event will be set up to accommodate social distancing protocol. Masks will be available and hand sanitizer will be provided to each attendee.
The first field day will be held this Thursday (8/13) near Smith Center at W & S Ranch, owned by the Weltmer family. Both events are sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Bayer Animal Health. For more information and directions, click here. The educational sessions from each field day will be recorded and posted on the KLA website.