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Senators Roberts, Moran Commend Kansans Appointed to Agricultural Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran of Kansas today applauded the appointment of three Kansas agribusiness professionals to serve on three Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees.

Steve Baccus of Minneapolis, Kan., was appointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee; Tracy Brunner of Lost Springs was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products; and Ron Suppes of Dighton was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds.

“Kansas producers are the best in the business,” said Roberts. “Steve, Tracy, and Ron are deserving of this honor, and I’m confident their expertise will advance our nation’s agriculture and trade interests.”

“I was pleased to learn that three Kansas agriculture leaders – Steve Baccus, Tracy Brunner and Ron Suppes – were selected to be members of agricultural trade advisory committees,” said Moran. “It is essential that USDA and USTR engage with producers as they develop and implement our nation’s trade policies. These Kansans have the background and expertise to provide valuable insight on the impact trade issues will have on our farmers and ranchers. I appreciate their willingness to serve in this capacity and know their efforts will benefit all of production agriculture.”

In 2014, Kansas exported over $4.1 billion of agricultural products to 95 countries.

The three Kansans were among 129 individuals from the private sector appointed to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees, which supply trade and technical information and guidance to the Agriculture Secretary and the U.S. Trade Representative. These committee members will serve until June 15, 2019.

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