Congressman Moran sees importance of agriculture
By Kylene Orebaugh
Congressman Jerry Moran stopped in Dodge City, Feb. 20 as part of his annual listening tour.
"This allows me to focus on what most Kansans care about," Moran said. "And it gives me a dose of common sense."
Moran discussed a variety of topics including the new stimulus package, wind and renewable energies, agriculture, health care and immigration issues.
Moran expressed his concerns about the new secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsack.
"I think we are in for a rocky time for production agriculture with the new secretary," he said. "I've invited him to come to Kansas to experience life on the farm in our state."
This is not the first time Moran has extended an invitation to a government official he said. Recently he spent time showing Rosa DeLauro, D-RI, around the state. DeLauro is the chair for the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies.
"I invited her to Kansas and she spent two days," Moran said. "It was an eye opening experience for her I think."
He stressed the importance of the agriculture industry telling its story.
Moran also said energy is very important right now, and investing in wind and other renewable energies needs to be acted upon quickly.
"There are wind energy opportunities passing us by," Moran said, explaining the various infrastructure hurdles holding things back.
He also sees the importance of wind energy on a smaller scale, citing examples at community colleges and other venues around the state.
For more information about Congressman Moran visit his website, www.jerrymoran.house.gov.