TOPEKA – To promote non-traditional ag products – cat litter from corn or soybean lip balm – U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback proposed creating a “Bio-based Products Expo” in Kansas.
Brownback, the GOP candidate for governor, made the proposal Thursday during a stop in Colby, which is part of a statewide bus tour.
Holding the expo on a regular basis would help promote growth of new uses for traditional agriculture produce.
Brownback also called for more genetics research on crops such as wheat and grain sorghum and encouraging state regulators to work with agribusiness.
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“This must be done in public/private partnership,” Brownback said. “Finding new uses for our agricultural products must also be a priority. Already, we have great researchers in our state who find creative, innovative uses for our commodities.”
Brownback is running against Democratic state Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City.