Friday, February 10, 2012

Porter participates in first T.A.L. session

MKC Location Manager, Matt Porter,
(shown on right) is pictured with
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
MKC Location Manager, Matt Porter, and nine other members of the 2012 Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders (T.A.L.) class traveled to Topeka for two days to complete their first session in late January. During which, the class enjoyed a detailed policy briefing from Governor Sam Brownback and a private breakfast with Attorney General Derek Schmidt. During these meetings they learned of many challenges facing the state, our top leaders’ plans to move Kansas forward, and what they hoped to accomplish this legislative session. They received staff briefings on the legislative process, the roles and history of KARA and KGFA. They also met with Associated Press Bureau Chief John Hanna on how to accurately communicate a message to the press and with Department of Agriculture Secretary Chris Wilson on the many functions the agency plays. T.A.L. members also received training on effective lobbying methods and put those practices to use during Legislative Action Day.  The next T.A.L. session is in July and entails traveling to Washington DC and meeting with our Congressman, industry leaders, and other officals.

The Tomorrow's Agribusiness Leaders Program - a jointly sponsored initiative of the Kansas Grain and Feed Associaton and the Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association is an intensive leadership development program designed to teach members of the association about the state and federal legislative and regulatory process and how to be a better leader within the industry.

Porter is the tenth MKC employee to be selected to participate in this prestigious program since its inception in 1998.

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