Agriculture greatly contributes to Kansas’ economic viability. This $70 billion industry, which employs more than one quarter of a million people, is crucial to the state’s economy.
The Kansas Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm organization, with membership in all 105 counties, through its political action committee, endorsed and supported candidates for public office who it said supported family farming and ranching.
Pleased with the outcome of the race, Kansas Farm Bureau President Rich Felts said he looks forward to the leadership each candidate will provide in Washington.
"He’s (Rep. Roger Marshall) able to hit the ground running," Felt said. "He’s done a very admirable job in Congress."
Marshall was on the agriculture committee in Congress and looks forward to serving on the agriculture committee in the senate.
"While in the House, Dr. Marshall has written and supported legislation impacting many aspects of the industry and he intends to continue finding ways to support the hardworking farming and ranching families of Kansas," said Katie Sawyer, a spokeswoman for Marshall.
Congressman-elect Tracey Mann, who like Rep. Ron Estes grew up on a farm, is excited to take Marshall’s place on the agriculture committee. After becoming a member of the committee, he hopes to accomplish three objectives: increase trade, untether regulation and work on the next farm bill.
"When our Kansas ag producers can compete on a level playing field, it not only helps them but it helps Main Street," Mann said.
Mann, who grew up raising cattle and growing hay, also wants to make sure farmers are taken care of in the next farm bill.
"The biggest priority will be crop insurance," he said. "Crop insurance needs to be in place for our farmers in Kansas."
KFB wishes all four representatives and Senator-elect Marshall well and hopes they place priority on expanding broadband, trade, taxes and burdensome regulations.