Kansas Gov. wants state to be an animal ag “powerhouse”

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants to see his state become an animal agriculture “powerhouse.”  

“We’re already there with beef, we’re moving rapidly in dairy, and I believe we have a clear opportunity to do that with the swine (industry,)” said Brownback who made the comments to a group of pork producers gathered for the Kansas State University Swine Day.

Brownback cited several reasons which will play important roles in realizing his vision for the state’s growth in animal agriculture. “We are a good agricultural grain region with the talent, leadership, technology and investment which all line up very well for us to expand in dairy and pork.”

“People make moves based on tax policy,” Brownback said pointing to changes in the state’s tax code which he believes will attract new business for Kansas. “We also believe we can attract investment from outside the country.”

Brownback said a Chinese investment group has already purchased AMC Theatres and (China) “has huge food needs.” Brownback believes that the Chinese group is interested in other “hard assets” in which to invest.

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Lynne Donchenko    
NE  |  November, 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I am thrilled to see that agriculture on many levels is growing in KS but I definitely don't want to see Plum Island be shut down and relocated then in KS where there will be such a high concentration of animals. That is a disaster waiting to happen for sure.

NE  |  November, 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Amen! No Bio Lab in Manhattan, KS. Upgrade Plum Island. This idea is just greed and ignorance gone to seed. The costs and surety of a disaster are to great to permit it being built. Shame on the politicians who are promoting it!