Legal Foundation Articles
Articles for the Kansas Farm Bureau Legal Foundation
KDWP Applies to FWS for ESA Permit for Aquatic Species Conservation
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has applied for a permit associated with the implementation of a programmatic safe harbor agreement (SHA) and candidate conservation agreement with assurances (CCAA) for 14 aquatic species in Kansas.
KFB Legal Foundation announces grant encouraging practice in rural areas
The Kansas Farm Bureau Legal Foundation’s Rural Law Practice Grant will pay new attorneys up to $16,500 to open their legal practice in rural Kansas.
KFB Legal Foundation Announces New Rural Law Practice Grant Program
The Kansas Farm Bureau Legal Foundation Rural Law Practice Grant is a $16,500 grant to help defray the educational costs of law school and to encourage new attorneys to locate their legal practice in rural Kansas. The grant furthers the mission of the KFB Legal Foundation to provide legal information and advocacy to farmer and rancher members, unlocking their potential and improving their quality of life in rural Kansas.
FWS Proposes to List Lesser Prairie Chicken as Threatened Species in Kansas
After a court’s dismissal of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken’s 2014 threatened listing in 2015, and the filing of another petition for review, the Lesser Prairie-Chicken underwent a status review by USFWS. On June 1, 2021, FWS published a proposed rule, separating the species into 2 distinct populations, with the northern population (including the population in Kansas) being listed as threatened and the southern population being listed as endangered. The proposed rule includes a 4(d) rule covering some farm and ranch practices for the northern population.
Identity Theft and Cybersecurity
Identity theft can be burdensome for society, and a costly headache for individual victims.
Farm Stress and Mental Health
Dr. Rick Peterson, Associate Director Extension Programs at K-State Research and Extension, joined the Ag Law Briefs webinar series on March 31, 2021, to discuss farm stress and mental health.
Socially Disadvantaged Farmers to Receive Aid
While the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 does not appropriate funds directly, it’s estimated that $4 billion will be used to provide direct payments of up to 120% of a socially disadvantaged, e.g., Black, Hispanic, Native American or Asian American, farmer’s or rancher’s outstanding debt as of Jan. 1, 2021.
Ag Law Briefs
Ag Law Briefs for March will focus on Farm Bankruptcy, and Farm Stress and Mental Health. The two one-hour sessions will be held March 31 starting at 10 a.m. These webinars are free for FB members.
Tenth Circuit Reinstates Navigable Waters Protection Rule
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) in Colorado, meaning that the NWPR is now effective across the entire country.
Service Proposes Endangered Status and Designation of Critical Habitat for Peppered Chub
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently completed a Species Status Assessment for the peppered chub. Based on a review of the best available scientific information, the Service is proposing to protect the peppered chub as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to its significant decline.