Agriculture is one of the most important industries to the 9th District and the state. As a second generation farmer, I deal with the challenges on a daily basis. This past session there were many attempts to burden the agricultural industry with additional costs that could not be passed on. These included sales tax on fertilizer, sales tax on crop protection products, Business and Occupation tax on gross receipts, trade in allowance, and other hidden oil-based product taxes. We must protect the jobs that agriculture brings to our region. I will work continually to keep the agricultural industry healthy.