In an article headlined “Down on the Farm, but Not Out,” the National Journal reported that Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson, hopes to reclaim Kansas’ spot on the House Agriculture Committee – and on his own terms. “I am not going to give up my voting card. I’m worried about the (Environmental Protection Agency) rather than the endorsement of groups back home,” Huelskamp said. The outspoken Huelskamp was stripped of that influential assignment in 2012 by then-House Speaker John Boehner. “There’s a general feeling in Kansas agriculture that we don’t want to have one more farm bill without having a voice in the community,” said Aaron Popelka of the Kansas Livestock Association, which has endorsed GOP primary challenger Roger Marshall. One sign of better relations with new Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.: Huelskamp recently was named chairman of a House small-business subcommittee. – Rhonda Holman
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