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Published 10/6/2012 in Business : Business

Chamber seeking nominations

The Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the board of directors for the term beginning in January 2013. A total of three new members will be elected to the 13-person board and will fulfill a three-year term from 2013 to 2015.

The chamber board of directors is a policy making board with an occasional direct task assignment. Attendance is strongly encouraged at various monthly events such as legislative events, ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, membership breakfasts, membership lunches, Business After Hours, and other fundraising and special events. The policies and goals set by the board of directors are aimed at improving and maintaining the economic well-being of our membership first, and the overall business community, second.

Names and contact information may be submitted to the chamber office or to one of our current chamber board members.

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A current list of chamber board members can be found on the chamber website at

Nominations may be emailed to or mailed to 1511 E. Fulton Terrace, Garden City, KS 67846. Deadline to submit a nomination is Oct. 15.

For more information, contact the chamber office at 276-3264 or email

Corn leaders named to NCGA

Three Kansas Corn leaders have been selected to serve on National Corn Growers Association action teams, which offer an opportunity to gather direct member input on issues that impact the corn industry.

Bob Timmons, Fredonia, was reappointed to the Research and Business Development action team. Timmons was first appointed to this committee in fall 2010, making this appointment his fourth year on the committee.

Dennis McNinch, Utica, was selected to serve on the Ethanol Committee. This is his first NCGA appointment, as well as his first year as a Kansas Corn Commissioner from the northwest region.

Ken McCauley, White Cloud, was appointed president of CornPac. McCauley is a past president of NCGA and has served on CornPac for several years.

Kansas Corn Growers Association Director of Communications Sue Schulte said Timmons, McNinch and McCauley will offer strong leadership on the national level.

"Any member of the corn growers can apply to serve on these teams, and that provides NCGA with strong grassroots leadership," Schulte said. "We are lucky to have these three Kansas growers to lead on the national level. I'd like to remind our corn growers that we would be happy to talk to them about opportunities to become involved on the state and national levels."

NCGA members can apply to serve on an action team, with a fiscal year beginning in October for each term. Action teams provide growers an opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of the corn industry and to become a part of the national agricultural leadership community. Committees range from production and stewardship, research and business development, public policy, grower services, ethanol committee, trade policy, biotechnology and the national political action committee.

CPA firm adds staff

Kennedy and Coe, LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, has announced the addition of Heber Garcia as an associate in its Garden City office.

Garcia, son of Antonio and Celsa Garcia of Garden City, joined the Ag Group. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Kansas State University.

Kennedy and Coe, LLC, headquartered in Salina, has eight offices in Kansas and Colorado, with 24 members, 26 managers and a staff of more than 200.

USDA announces disaster sign-up

Adrian J. Polansky, USDA Farm Service Agency state executive director, has announced that producers can enroll in the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program for 2011 crop year losses beginning Oct. 22. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, SURE authorizes assistance to farmers and ranchers who suffered crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011.

"Eligible producers who experienced a 2011 crop loss can contact their local FSA County FSA office to learn more about the SURE program," Polansky said. "All eligible farmers and ranchers must sign up for 2011 SURE benefits before the June 7, 2013 deadline," he said.

To qualify for a SURE payment, the producer's operation must be located in a county that was declared a disaster for 2011 and have at least a 10 percent production loss that affects one crop of economic significance. Producers with agricultural operations located outside a disaster county are eligible for SURE benefits if they had a production loss greater or equal to 50 percent of the normal production on the farm.

In Kansas, 85 counties received a primary Secretarial Disaster Designation and 19 counties received a contiguous Secretarial Disaster Designation during 2011.

To meet program eligibility requirements, producers must have obtained a policy or plan of insurance for all insurable crops through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and obtained Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage on non-insurable crops, if available, from FSA. Eligible farmers and ranchers who meet the definition of a socially disadvantaged, limited resource or beginning farmer or rancher do not have to meet this requirement. Forage crops intended for grazing are not eligible for SURE benefits.

For more information on SURE program eligibility requirements, contact the FSA County office or visit the website at

Monthly chamber breakfast on tap

The Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Wheat Lands Convention and Conference Center, 1404 E. Fulton St.

Due to limited space, RSVP to the chamber office at 276-3264 no later than noon Oct. 16.

Leader conference coming up

All women are invited to the second annual Southwest Leadership Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the K-State Extension Office in Garden City.

The schedule includes leadership activities presented by GC Leadership, DISC personality test and presentation, special Girl Scout information, news about the 2013 Cookie Sale, and more.

The event is aimed at women interested in becoming a part of an organization that forms tomorrow's female leadership.

For more informatin, contact Chandra Lay at or 276-7061.

Ambassadors to celebrate Weeast

The Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will mark Jeffrey Weeast's five years at Edward Jones with a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at 501 N. Campus, Suite 600.

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