The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) has announced Aaron Popelka will join the trade organization's professional staff in early January as vice president of legal and government affairs.
Popelka currently serves as chief counsel for U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran. He has been a key member of the senator's staff since 2006 when Moran was in the U.S. House of Representatives and a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.
During his tenure with Moran, Popelka has worked on issues affecting agriculture, energy, environment, trade and water. He was very involved in helping to write the 2008 Farm Bill, of which Moran played a key leadership role during joint House-Senate Conference Committee negotiations.
Popelka was raised on a crop and cattle operation near Munden in north central Kansas. He graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural economics. At K-State, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and the Golden Key Honorary.
He subsequently studied a concentrated program of agricultural law at the University of Nebraska, where he received a juris doctorate degree, with distinction. Popelka was in private practice with a law firm for two years before joining Moran's staff.
"KLA is fortunate to have acquired a highly qualified attorney to join other experienced staff lobbyists and lead our legal and governmental affairs efforts, which are a major thrust of KLA's mission to serve members," said KLA Executive Vice President Dee Likes. "Aaron's years of experience in agricultural law and expertise on legislative and regulatory issues at the highest levels of government will be a valuable asset to KLA members and the agriculture industry."
KLA is a trade organization representing the state's livestock business on legislative, regulatory and industry issues at both the state and federal levels. The association's work is funded through voluntary dues dollars paid by its members.