Ag woes drag Kansas income growth

State News

December 27, 2019 - 10:06 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Personal income growth in Kansas is below the national average largely because of troubles in agriculture.

Kansas farmers face an expanding drought and low commodity prices, though a break in an ongoing tariff dispute may bring those prices up. Agriculture makes up about 40% of the state’s economy, with industries related to agriculture and food production worth about $65 billion annually.

Kansas Public Radio reports that the state’s personal income has grown by 1.6% since late 2007, when the Great Recession started. The national rate is 2.1%.

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