Marshall begins farm tour

Alice Mannette
Rep. Roger Marshall feeds a calf on the Miller Farm in Reno County.

For seven days, U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., is touring Kansas farms, ranches and agribusinesses.

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Marshall said, he wants to stay in touch with farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners across central and eastern Kansas.

“Agriculture makes up 60% of our state’s economic output and has been my top priority since coming to Congress,” Marshall said. “Our producers have faced tough times, but I’m committed to continuing the fight for better trade deals, fewer regulations and reliable farm programs. I'm excited to hit the road and meet new folks and learn more about the diversity of the state's ag industry.”

In April, Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association announced their formal endorsements of Marshall for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

“One of the reasons Dr. Marshall has overwhelming grassroots support from our members is he understands how important it is to get some dirt on his boots, see the countryside and hear firsthand the needs of Kansas farmers and ranchers,” Kansas Farm Bureau president Rich Felts said in a statement. “This tour is an opportunity for Kansas Farm Bureau members to show Dr. Marshall the diversity of our operations while learning more about his accomplishments, like helping write the 2018 Farm Bill as a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee.”

On Wednesday, Marshall kicked off his tour at a produce farm and a direct-to-consumer cattle ranch. He also toured a vineyard. On Thursday, he toured an orchard and stopped at the Agriculture Hall of Fame in Leavenworth County.

On Thursday and Friday, he was expected to tour an implement dealership and several ranches and conventional farms. On Monday and Tuesday, he will head to southeast and central Kansas.

His staff said one of the goals of the tour is to learn about the variety of agriculture found within Kansas and learn more about the needs, challenges and opportunities of farmers in different parts of the state.