Landscape of farming is rapidly changing

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Opinion

May 28, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The headline from the Hutchinson News brought good news for Kansas: This year’s wheat crop looks promising, even though its development has been slowed by cool weather this spring.

The wheat crop and agriculture in general don’t seem interesting or relevant to most Kansans. After all, the percentage of the state’s residents who work on farms is small — probably under 5 percent. That’s more than the national average of about 2 percent, but still relatively meager.

But agriculture is one of those industries that has an outsized effect on our state economy. The property taxes landowners pay, the thousands of jobs in ag-related businesses, the retail sales of farm machinery and products, they all pack a punch that most of us feel in one way or another.

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