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State Fair talk of TPP, “center of global agriculture”

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Though Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is correct that the trade deal would be good for Kansas – both for agriculture and for airplanes and other exports. “This particular agreement is absolutely important for us,” Roberts said Saturday at a forum at the Kansas State Fair. Roberts also said he doesn’t support calls to reopen the farm bill, saying you would “lose more than you gain.” Meanwhile, Gov. Sam Brownback expressed optimism about the state’s effort to conserve water, particularly in western Kansas. “We can really do this,” he said. Brownback also still hopes the American Royal horse and livestock exhibition will relocate from Missouri to Kansas. “I want Kansas to be the center of global agriculture,” he said. “There’s really no place that’s grabbed that title yet.” – Phillip Brownlee