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 states economy, with industries related to agriculture and food production worth about $65 billion annually.
Kansas Public Radio reports that the states personal income has grown by 1.6% since late 2007, when the Great Recession started. The national rate is 2.1%.