KS Soybean Update with Charles Atkinson

(Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor and the Kansas Soybean Update.
(Greg) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Charles Atkinson, a Great Bend, Kansas, producer is joining us. He is also one of the Directors on the American Soybean Association. And Charles we’ve wrapped up the 2016 Commodity Classic and record numbers and always a great time to hear what’s going on and talk to your fellow soybean producers. (Charles) It is a really good time. We have had record numbers, over 9,500 people have been here, so we’re excited about that. That kind of crushed our record we had last year. But also by bringing in the agriculture equipment manufacturers really helped out to make the Trade Show bigger. And we’re just excited about having the opportunity to visit with all of these agriculture producers, whether they be in soybeans, corn, sorghum, wheat. We all have issues that we want to discuss. But we all have issues that tie together and we need to have one voice when we go to Washington. (Greg) What’s been some of the things discussed in these soybean circles? (Charles) We’re real excited about the GMO labeling bill that’s been put up. We’re excited to see how that’s going to transpire. We’re also wanting to really push on transportation as far as making sure we get the funding for the lock and dams. And of course, the biodiesel is still a big issue because that generates a lot of revenue for our soybean producers. (Greg) There’s a lot of things that are stagnating right at the moment. And sometimes in an election year it’s hard to get that type of a push. (Charles) We pretty well know right up front that we’re not going to get a whole lot done this year, because it is an election year. But then again, we also know that we have to push through what we can, and then we’ll see what happens in November. (Greg) As a member of the Directors for the American Soybean Association, it’s always good to have that Kansas voice as a member of ASA’s Board of Directors. (Charles) We all have different issues across that state as soybean producers. But we all work together and we need to have our voice up there. We need to have our membership because that’s what drive us. Myself, when I go I don’t know what your concerns are unless our members let us know. And it’s definitely good to have our voice up there. Especially when we can go up with some of our ag committee people and work with them. They know where Kansas stands. (Greg) Because of the fact such a strong contingent in the nation’s capitol as far as supporting agriculture and agriculture’s needs. (Charles) We’ve got some great people up there working for Kansas ag. We just need to make sure we can take our voice up and let them know what our needs are here in the state. (Greg) If a soybean producer in the state has a concern, they can get ahold of you and then get ahold of the officer in Topeka? (Charles) Yes, definitely. If there is some concern, feel free to get ahold of myself, get ahold of the staff. We can get the answers to them, get their concern taken up when we go. (Greg) Sounds good. Charles I appreciate it. Thank you very much. (Charles) You bet. Thank you. (Greg) That is Charles Atkinson who is a producer from Great Bend, Kansas. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association. He’s been our guest on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.
(Jamie) Hope you enjoyed this week’s Kansas Soybean Update. After the break we’ll join Kyle and Dr. Bruce Anderson.

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