Tatiana Lin will be presenting the following on Friday:
3:00 p.m. Bringing Population Health Considerations into Policy Discussions: Changes to the Kansas Corporate Farming Law with Tatiana Lin
During the 2013 legislative session, Kansas lawmakers considered amending the current Kansas Corporate Farming Law by “defining and establishing the limits for agricultural business entities.” The proposed Senate Bill 191 (and its House version, HB 2404), also referred to as the Kansas Agriculture Growth and Rural Investment Initiative, would have removed restrictions for agribusinesses with certain forms of ownership structures (e.g., corporation) to operate in Kansas. Various stakeholder groups provided testimony on the bill. Some indicated changes to the law would open opportunities for new agribusiness in the state, creating economic growth. Others indicated that these new businesses might negatively impact the environment. Although the testimony varied, the most commonly identified potential impact was an increase in the number and size of swine and dairy operations. The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) conducted a heath impact assessment (HIA) to examine how some provisions of this legislation might positively or negatively affect the health of Kansas residents. This study analyzed six factors related to the expansion in the number and size of swine and dairy operations including employment, property values and taxes, population, water quantity, the amount of waste produced and antibiotic use in animals. The HIA methodology included a review of existing literature, data analysis, and interviews with stakeholders across the state. The presentation will offer the audience an opportunity to learn about the health impact assessment findings and recommendations. The bill received a hearing in 2013 but did not pass. Similar bills are likely to be introduced for consideration in future legislative sessions, and if passed, could result in multiple direct and indirect effects within the state. The interactive session will answer participants’ questions and help to advance the dialogue around this ongoing discussion in Kansas.