Agriculture groups back Schmidt for attorney general

TOPEKA – (September 20, 2018) – Four leading Kansas agriculture organizations have endorsed Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s reelection, the campaign announced today.

Schmidt has received the endorsement of the Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association, and Kansas Grain and Feed Association.

The groups offered the following statements in support of Schmidt’s reelection.

Rich Felts, President, Kansas Farm Bureau:
“Kansas farmers and ranchers are confident Attorney General Schmidt has their back. He’s been a strong ally in protecting private property rights and fighting onerous regulation. We look forward to his re-election and working together in the future.”

Matt Teagarden, CEO, Kansas Livestock Association:
“KLA is proud to endorse Derek Schmidt for re-election as Kansas Attorney General. General Schmidt has stood up for Kansas cattle producers by fighting federal overreach including Obama era initiatives like the waters of the U.S. rule and listing of the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act, and he has instituted a new cattle theft investigator within the attorney general’s office to help better protect ranchers.”

Ron Seeber, President and CEO, Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association:
“Whether it be fighting overzealous federal regulations, protecting Kansans from grain and metal theft, or partnering with our members for the common good, Derek Schmidt is consistently a common sense champion of agribusiness. Kansas Agribusiness is proud to endorse Derek Schmidt for Attorney General.”

Schmidt said he was grateful for the groups’ endorsements as well as the support of Kansas farmers and ranchers from across the state.

“I’m honored to have support from the Kansas agriculture community,” Schmidt said. “As attorney general, I’ve worked hard to push back against unlawful and burdensome federal regulations that threaten rural Kansas and particularly our agricultural economy, and we’ll keep standing up and fighting for Kansas agriculture.”

Schmidt has served Kansas as attorney general since 2011. During his two terms as attorney general, Schmidt has provided leadership for public safety, recovered record amounts of money for Kansas consumers and taxpayers, and joined in the legal fight against burdensome federal regulations that were imposed unlawfully by the EPA and other agencies.

Before serving as attorney general, Schmidt served 10 years in the Kansas Senate, where he chaired the Agriculture Committee from 2001 to 2005.