The Buzz

Brownback makes a run for the White House.

Published on: Jan 22, 2007

Sam Brownback, whose service to agriculture includes stints as Kansas Secretary of Agriculture and past president of the Kansas FFA Association, made official something we here at the Buzz suspected several months ago: his intention to run for President of the United States.

  • Brownback, a Republican Senator who grew up on a farm near Parker, is a conservative who has the backing of many religious organizations. On his Web site, www.brownback.com, agriculture priorities include increased investment in renewable fuels and clean air and water…
  • Most political pundits believe Brownback has little chance to win the Republican nomination for President for the 2008 election. However, there is a chance, albeit a slight one, as Brownback's campaign appeals to conservative Republicans, pro-life and Christian voters…
  • "The last thing we need in America is to take God out of our public lives and institutions. We need to embrace our nation's motto, 'In God we trust,' and not be ashamed of it," Brownback said at his campaign kickoff in Topeka on Saturday…
  • In other D.C. news, Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran will sit on the House Agriculture Committee again. Moran also will serve on several subcommittees, Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte, chair of the House Ag Committee, announced last week. Moran's duties: subcommittee on conservation, credit, energy and research; ranking member of the subcommittee on general farm commodities and risk management and subcommittee on department operations, oversight, nutrition and forestry…
  • Hillsboro farmer, KAWG vice president and Kansas Farmer correspondent Paul Penner will participate in the Wheat Organizations Leaders of the Future (WOLF) program. Training for the program, designed to enhance personal growth and develop leadership skills to benefit the wheat industry, begins this week. The program is sponsored by the National Association of Wheat Growers Foundation and Bayer Crop Science…
  • Virgil Smail, Kansas State University's Grain Science and Industry department head, has taken a position with Ventria Bioscience Corp., a biotech rice-processing firm with a processing plant scheduled to be built in Junction City. Smail had been with K-State since 2004…
  • Word from the Kansas Grain and Feed Association is that two western Kansas grain cooperatives plan to merge. A vote of the members of Frontier Equity, Goodland and Co-Ag, Inc., Oakley, is planned for Feb. 7. If approved, a merger between the two will take place March 1. The two boards will join to make a 14-person board of directors; seven from each organization…
  • The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded $1.2 million in economic development assistance to two ag-related projects. Bird City Dairy, LLC, in Cheyenne County will receive $665,000 for working capital and equipment needs, and will be matched with $8.45 million in private financing. The dairy is expected to create 19 jobs…
  • In Rice County, Kansas Ethanol, LLC, will receive $537,400. This new entity will build and operate a 55 million gallon ethanol plant. Kansas Ethanol will match these funds with $80 million in private debt and equity. The plant will create 32 permanent jobs.