Where Never Is Heard, A Discouraging Word

Where Never Is Heard, A Discouraging Word

Gov. Sam Brownback has upbeat things to say about Kansas agriculture at annual breakfast for legislators sponsored by commodity groups.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback took advantage of the March 15 "Wake Up to Kansas Agriculture" pancake breakfast for legislators and legislative staff to say encouraging words about the future of ag in the state.

The annual event is sponsored by the wheat, corn, sorghum and soybean grower associations.

Brownback and Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman joined lawmakers at the annual breakfast.

FLIPPING PANCAKES: Participants in the annual legislators breakfast include: Jerry McReynolds, Stockton, left; Bill Niemann, Atchison; Ken George, Sabetha; Gov. Brownback; Ron Suppes, Dighton; Bob Timmons, Fredonia; Ted Birtrell, Scranton; Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman and Tom Tibbits, Minneapolis.

Brownback, at one time the state's Agriculture Secretary, said most farmers and ranchers have been profitable the past few years, helping to dull the effects of a nationwide recession. Meanwhile, high-tech agriculture industries are moving to Kansas, putting the state in an enviable position to capitalize on the future.

"This is a high-tech business. I see around this country more people interested in investing various aspects of agriculture than I've seen for a long time. We've provided people to other industries. Now, I see us get people from other industries saying they want to be a part of the agriculture industry because a lot is going on there and there is a lot to offer."
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