The Kansas Grain and Feed Association has hired former Kansas Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Mary Jane Stattelman as its new general counsel.

Stattelman had served as the general counsel for the Department of Agriculture legal unit since 1995. Prior to that time, she worked for the Kansas Farm Bureau, the Kansas attorney general and the Community Banker's Association of Kansas. She graduated from Washburn University, in 1984, with a bachelor of arts degree in history and received her juris doctorate, in 1988, also from Washburn University.

Tom Tunnell, KGFA president, said, "We are pleased to add someone to our staff with her experience and background. Given the ever-increasing complex issues our staff must deal with in serving our members, a legal perspective will be most beneficial."

Stattelman's main responsibility will be administration of the new Kansas Agricultural Remediation Program. The remediation board and remediation reimbursement fund were established with the adoption of Senate Bill 501, the Agricultural and Specialty Chemical Remediation Act, adopted by the Kansas Legislature last spring.

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