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Chad currently lives on and farms his family land in rural Shawnee County.

As a farmer myself, I understands better than most what it means to reinvest in the land that provides jobs for Kansans, over 25% of our state's economy, and our common identity.

The state's current senior senator in Washington seems to have forgotten what it means to represent this part of Kansas, having recently voted against farmers' interests. When Senator Roberts voted against the Farm Bill, he voted not to extend federal crop insurance. The disappearance of crop insurance means farmers don't have a backstop to count on if their crop goes bad. It also means local and community banks are unable to collateralize loans to farmers for implements, seed, and other resources. The Farm Bill is a basic responsibility of a senator from an agricultural state.

For a state as deeply invested in agriculture as Kansas, should we not send someone to Washington that understands what it means to be a farmer?


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