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  • Mon, June 08, 2020 5:04 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    05/25/20 06/01/20 06/08/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.390 2.386 2.396 0.010 -0.709
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.498 2.492 2.501 0.009 -0.624
    New England (PADD1A) 2.624 2.615 2.629 0.014 -0.556
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.666 2.666 2.672 0.006 -0.636
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.359 2.349 2.359 0.010 -0.630
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.230 2.226 2.240 0.014 -0.762
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.175 2.171 2.172 0.001 -0.671
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.348 2.340 2.351 0.011 -0.763
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.902 2.900 2.918 0.018 -0.797
    West Coast less California 2.561 2.560 2.578 0.018 -0.704
    California 3.182 3.181 3.198 0.017 -0.860
    *prices include all taxes

    https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel

  • Mon, June 08, 2020 11:57 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    We were saddened by the news of the passing of Harvey Lewis Miller, Friday, June 5 and send our sincere condolences to his family

    SPRINGFIELD MO - Harvey Lewis Miller Jr., age 84, of Springfield MO, passed away peacefully June 5 in his home with his family by his side.

    Lewis is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia of the home; A son Rocky Miller and daughter in law Kristie Miller: a daughter Bea Jo Miller; grandson Ryan Miller and his wife Carrie Miller, grandson Adam Miller and his wife Brittanie Miller.

    Lewis was born in Marshfield MO in 1935. He graduated from Marshfield High School as an active member of the FFA Chapter, receiving the American Farmer Award for showing Jersey cattle. He attended MSU for a short time before joining the Air Force, serving 4 years. After basic training, he was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany in the Security Wing under General Walds.

    In 1954 he married his childhood sweetheart Patricia Jolene Snider. To this union 2 children were born, a son Mark “Rocky” Miller and a daughter Bea Jo Miller.

    In 1958 Lewis began working at KWTO Radio Station as Farm Director while he completed his Administration Degree from MSU. As Farm Director, he reached out with farm air time and daily market reports. It was his privilege and joy traveling many miles across Southwest Missouri working with the youth. Lewis keynoted FFA Basket Dinners, worked with 4-H youth and announced horse shows.

    Lewis then went to work for Empire Bank in Springfield, MO as Senior Vice President. In 1964 he became the General Manager of the Ozark Empire Fair, serving in that capacity for the next 15 years. From 1980-2000 he was President and CEO of IAFE (International Association of Fair and Expositions), a trade association serving members in 51 states and many international countries.

    Lewis was also active in Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations.

    Lewis was baptized at an early age at Timber Ridge Baptist Church where he served as deacon. Later he was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Strafford where he enjoyed teaching Sunday School.

    Lewis will be remembered for his strength of character and being a “man of his word” to his family, friends and community. Sometime ago, an annual scholarship was endowed at MSU in his name. As Lewis departs from this world and goes to his heavenly home, the betterment of some young life’s future will continue each year.

    Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1:30 PM at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Timber Ridge Baptist Church in Marshfield, MO.

  • Thu, June 04, 2020 4:27 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)


    June 4, 2020

    A flickering candlelight at the
    end of a long dark tunnel.

    Texas Governor Abbott just announced Phase III to reopen Texas and included in that plan, effective June 3: “Amusement parks and carnival in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity”.

    To access the full language of the executive order:    https://www.jkjworkforce.com/texas-governor-executive-order/

    Having “carnival” included in the executive order was not an accident, it was due to the hard work of many in the industry, spearheaded in Texas by Mary Talley with Talley Amusements. Thank you, Mary!!

    To access work product on getting this accomplished go to: https://www.jkjworkforce.com/talley-to-governor-abbott/ & 

    https://www.jkjworkforce.com/sid-miller-mary-brown-talley-letter/ 

    This is wonderful news for mobile entertainment operators in Texas. You should all be lobbying your governor’s office with similar letters, phone calls, emails to allow carnivals, fairs, festivals and local events to reopen with the proper precautions.

    Workers returning to the USA
    to continue employment

    As you plan to reopen, of course you are doing everything possible to hire unemployed US workers to fill any openings. 

    After you access your new needs for H-2B temporary seasonal workers, please give me a call to discuss. If you have workers that were already processed and went home due to covid-19, we can work on getting them back to you. If you have not had workers processed or were capped out we will work with you and other employers and cap-exempt workers to supply your labor needs. This cannot be done overnight so we need heads up on your plans as they are being formed.

    BEST PRACTICES FOR H-2B WORKERS PRIOR TO TRAVEL TO THEIR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT ARE BEING FOLLOWED BY JKJ WORKFORCE AGENCY. 

    We have purchased face masks and no contact thermometers and given them to the recruitment and consular processing agents in Mexico. Prior to any worker traveling to the USA they will be scanned at their home city and scanned at the departure city for any elevated temperature and will not be allowed to travel if any their temperatures are not normal. They will be provided with a supply of disposable face masks if they do not already have appropriate face coverings for travel.

    The consular processing and recruitment agents in Mexico are reducing the risk of any infection by sending only passports and other documents to the consular city by courier and not the workers. The documents are submitted to the consulate and only after visas are issued are the workers scheduled to travel, so their travel time and risk of exposure is reduced by several days.

    We are not proactively requiring workers be tested for Covid-19 in Mexico because the testing in Mexico is chaos, riddled with false results and fraud. 

    BEST PRACTICES FOR H-2B EMPLOYERS WHEN NEW WORKERS ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE. 

    Make sure that you have proper facilities and supplies and that you have carefully planned your reopening to protect all of your employees and your patrons. Facemasks, Antiseptic Gel, Handwashing Stations.

    If you are providing housing of any type, make sure that it is professionally cleaned and disinfected prior to the arrival of any workers.  If you are going to be working with reduced staffing and you have housing available, reduce the density of your housing. If there is a two-person bunkroom, only have one person occupy that bunkroom until this pandemic is over. Make sure that you have proper filtration systems for air conditioning in private rooms and in common areas.

    As soon as you know when your workers are going to arrive, obtain a listing of the workers full names and dates of birth. Schedule covid-19 tests for all workers on the day that they are arriving. Transport the workers to those tests. Isolate the workers until the test results are back and only incorporate the workers into your workforce when the results come back as negative.

  • Thu, June 04, 2020 4:02 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:
    ANIMAL ISSUES LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

    June 4, 2020

    UPDATES

    As ordered by the courts, Carole Baskin has been awarded the property on which GW Zoo lies.  She does not have the animals.
    Carole Baskin Wins Control of Joe Exotic's Former Zoo From Jeff Lowe

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    Ag Committee aims to ‘straighten out’ statute                    

    Owners remove exotic animals from Roaring Cat Retreat

  • Thu, June 04, 2020 2:05 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices
    Change from
    05/18/20 05/25/20 06/01/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.386 2.390 2.386 -0.004 -0.750
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.491 2.498 2.492 -0.006 -0.661
    New England (PADD1A) 2.620 2.624 2.615 -0.009 -0.604
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.667 2.666 2.666 0.000 -0.678
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.345 2.359 2.349 -0.010 -0.662
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.229 2.230 2.226 -0.004 -0.800
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.175 2.175 2.171 -0.004 -0.704
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.338 2.348 2.340 -0.008 -0.823
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.887 2.902 2.900 -0.002 -0.860
    West Coast less California 2.543 2.561 2.560 -0.001 -0.760
    California 3.171 3.182 3.181 -0.001 -0.928
    https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/
  • Thu, May 28, 2020 2:42 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)


    WEST ALLIS, Wis. – May 28, 2020 – For several months the Wisconsin State Fair Park Board of Directors and staff have been working tirelessly analyzing all facets of the annual event, in hopes of being able to provide the Wisconsin State Fair experience that Fairgoers have come to know and love over the past 169 years.

    On Tuesday, May 26, the board voted unanimously to authorize Chairman John Yingling to make the determination on whether events currently scheduled at State Fair Park, including the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair, are to be canceled, after extensive input from each Board member and Kathleen O’Leary, Executive Director/CEO. Today Chairman John Yingling announced that for the safety of fairgoers, staff, vendors, entertainers, exhibitors, sponsors, suppliers and the broader community, the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair has been canceled.

    The board and staff have been closely monitoring COVID-19 data from local, state and federal health officials during this time. While some restrictions have recently been lifted and businesses are beginning to re-open, most are requiring strict safety measures, including social distancing, the wearing of masks and temperature checks. The evidence that this disease spreads quickly and easily when people are in densely populated areas has led several agencies to continue their recommendation to avoid mass gatherings.

    Considering the Wisconsin State Fair is the largest event in the State of Wisconsin, drawing more than one million people over the course of 11 days, this weighed heavily into the decision to cancel the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair. The safety of all fairgoers and staff, as well as the above-mentioned partners who are so important to putting on a successful fair, has always been the number one top priority.

    In addition, the magnitude of the financial implications associated with hosting a fair with significantly reduced attendance, as well as implementing the recommended mass gathering safety measures, could be detrimental to the future of State Fair Park. The State Fair Park Board has the responsibility to be stewards of the public funds entrusted to Wisconsin State Fair Park and ensure the financial viability of the Fair Park not only heading into 2021, but for years to come.

    “On behalf of the entire State Fair Park Board of Directors, please know that the decision to cancel the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair was not taken lightly," said Wisconsin State Fair Park Board Chairman John Yingling. “Months of deliberation took place, considering all options to host a Fair that adheres to the highest standard of safety without compromising the experience. We explored countless models, but ultimately safety cannot be compromised. The risks associated with hosting an event of this size and scope right now are just too great.”

    As a State of Wisconsin agency, Chairman Yingling and the State Fair Park Board of Directors have been in communication with Governor Evers, as well as the Department of Administration, and have their support.

    “The Wisconsin State Fair is so much more than just a fair – it is a celebration of everything we are so proud of in Wisconsin,” said Kathleen O’Leary, CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park. “We understand the magnitude of disappointment you may be feeling. We feel it too. However, safety is our top priority, and that cannot be compromised under any circumstance. We have tremendously loyal fairgoers, vendors, partners and exhibitors. For that we are forever grateful, and our greatest responsibility is to ensure that the fair remains strong and resilient for future generations.”

    For those who have already purchased admission tickets during the annual holiday sales promotion, tickets will be valid for the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair. However, refunds are also available through June 30, 2020. Main Stage concert tickets are eligible for a full refund. Concert tickets purchased with a credit card will automatically be refunded to the card used for purchase. For more details, as well as answers to many other questions, please visit Wistatefair.com.

    Moving forward, the board and staff will continue to analyze the data and prioritize the safety of all Fair Park visitors when making decisions about other events scheduled to be held at State Fair Park. The 2021 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, is scheduled to take place August 5 – 15.

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  • Wed, May 27, 2020 9:10 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Cancellation During 2020 Pandemic Only the Second Time
    Since 1841 That No Fair Will Be Held  
    For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    HAMBURG, NY – The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, announced today that it has decided to postpone the 2020 Erie County Fair (originally scheduled to be held August 12-23, 2020).

    “Although our Board and staff share a feeling of profound disappointment in making the announcement to cancel the 2020 Erie County Fair, it has become clear that cancelling is the responsible choice for the Fair to do its part to support community health and safety, and to minimize the spread of COVID 19,” said CEO and Fair Manager Jessica Underberg.

    The impact of the Erie County Fair’s cancellation will be felt far beyond the loss of the “Best 12 Days of Summer,” said Underberg.  “We are heartbroken for the small businesses, family farms, competitors and exhibitors impacted in so many ways by this decision.”  However, Underberg added that the Erie County Fair staff is exploring ways in which regional youth agricultural-based organizations may be able to participate in “hands-on” programs at the Fairgrounds with the necessary safeguards to create a safe environment for the participants.

    Underberg added, “As difficult as this time in our history is, we know that the Erie County Agricultural Society and Western New York will emerge from this challenging moment and will be ready for the 2021 Erie County Fair, scheduled to be held on August 11th – 22nd, 2021. We look forward to brighter, better days ahead when we can gather to celebrate the “Best 12 Days of Summer in Western New York.”

    12-Day Pass Refund Information
    Full refunds for 2020 Erie County Fair 12-Day passes will be processed by mailing the passes back to the Fair office at 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, New York 14075. Please include the name and address of the individual requesting the refund. In-person refunds will not be handled at the Fair’s main office, as it is closed due to COVID-19.

    Historical Context of Cancellation
    The postponement of the 2020 Erie County Fair marks only the SECOND time since 1841 that the Fair has been cancelled. During World War II, the 1943 Fair was cancelled to support the patriotic rationing of gasoline and other vital wartime commodities. The fair returned the following year to record breaking attendance.

    About the Erie County Fair
    The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the Society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS), sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State. The Fair strives to fulfill appropriate aspects of the agricultural, educational, entertainment and recreational needs of Western New York.  The 181st Erie County Fair will be held August 11th – 22nd, 2021. (www.ECFair.org)

  • Thu, May 21, 2020 5:58 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:
    ANIMAL ISSUES LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

    May 21, 2020

    UPDATES

    A new federal bill to curb the wildlife trade has been introduced to Congress.   The Global Wildlife Health and Pandemic Prevention Act will use several departments to find  and shut down wildlife markets that could spread zoonotic diseases. 
    Read the summarization here
    Hidden within the
    Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES) is the Wildlife-Borne Disease Prevention Act, which would reinstate a ban on interstate trade of certain species of animals bred in human care.  This has passed the  House and has moved on to the Senate.  Please contact your state Senator and ask them to oppose this activist driven change shoehorned into a COVID relief package meant for providing safety and security to Americans. 
    Thank you, USARK, for the updates and synopsis.

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