Two Republican candidates for Kansas governor have issued policy statements regarding state agriculture.

"Kansas' small farmers need an open ear and a strong voice on their behalf in state government," says Bob Knight, Wichita, "and I promise to provide them with one, whether it is looking out for their interests during the legislative session, working with the state's Congressional delegation to make sure they aren't forgotten in Washington, DC, or being an ambassador for their crops overseas."

Tim Shallenburger says growing up in Baxter Springs impressed on him that the ag industry serves as the backbone of the state.

As governor, he would host a national agriculture summit each year, featuring national and international agribusiness leaders, policy makers and leading farmers and ranchers to share ideas, technology and visions to return Kansas to the forefront in U.S. agriculture.

Shallenburger says the attitude toward agriculture must change. "Agriculture is far more than just something to be regulated. It is a way of life and an important catalyst to the Kansas economy."

For more information about the two candidates and their positions, check out their web sites: www.bobknight.org or www.

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