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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Congresswoman: Farm tour feedback critical for crafting policy

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  • This week, I visited farmers and ranchers in Marshall, Nemaha, Doniphan and Atchison counties as part of my annual Agriculture Tour in northeast Kansas.
    Agriculture is the biggest economic driver in our state, representing 25 percent of the state’s total economy. The success of this industry is driven by the men and women who put in long hours of hard work to feed, clothe, and fuel the world.
    The Ag Tour is about meeting with farmers and ranchers to learn about their operations and discuss the issues or policies that are impacting their farm and business. At every stop, I heard that regulations threaten farmers and businesses every day.
    The most recent proposal by the EPA, and the expansion of the Waters of the U.S. rule, is especially troubling.
    Businesses continue to express worry and uncertainty around the president’s health care law, and most everyone is concerned with the patchwork of last-minute and retroactive tax policies that have become far too frequent. These family farmers and businesses want to invest in their operations, in their communities, and in their employees, but the federal government seems all too eager to make it difficult or impossible for them to do so.
    I want to thank Springhill Herefords, the Nemaha County Coop, MK Minerals, Jirak Family Farms, and all of our ag partners for making this tour possible.
    Discussing Campus Safety and Accountability Act at KU
    This week, I had the opportunity to discuss the Campus Safety and Accountability Act and other sexual assault prevention initiatives with Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little along with students and faculty from the University of Kansas as well as Title IX coordinators from Washburn and Kansas State University.
    Last month, I joined 18 of my colleagues to introduce this bipartisan, sensible legislation to enhance training standards at universities and help victims’ access confidential advisors who can provide support in the wake of an assault. College campuses should be places that foster learning and not places where the safety of young women and men are at an increased risk.
    As a mother, this issue has become very personal to me and while I believe the legislation can and should be improved upon, I am hopeful it will be passed into law to enhance training standards at universities and help victims access confidential advisors for support.
    2014 Leadership Kansas Class at Fort Leavenworth
    It was an honor to speak to the 2014 Leadership Kansas class this week at Fort Leavenworth.
    As an alumnus of Leadership Kansas, I know firsthand how it teaches and motivates our leaders to work together and make our state even better.

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