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Kansas Farm Bureau Sets 2018 Legislative Priorities

Brian Grimmett
The Kansas Farm Bureau holds it's 99th annual meeting in Manhattan, Kansas

Water remains a key priority for members of the Kansas Farm Bureau, who approved their 2018 legislative agenda Tuesday.

Whether it’s preserving the Ogallala Aquifer in western Kansas or coming up with a plan to prevent sediment buildup in reservoirs in eastern Kansas, making sure farmers have enough water to use in the future continues to be a focus for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

KFB President Rich Felts said there’s still a lot of work to be done, but that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s 50-year water vision has helped.

"The administration’s water vision has done a great job of getting people to recognize that we do have water issues across the state," Felts said. "We knew that all along, but it’s given people the opportunity to express, hey we do have an issue, and talk about it.”

Felts said the KFB would also lobby Kansas legislators to protect private property rights, especially when it comes to waterway access and wind energy, as well as keep an eye on any changes to state tax policy.


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