The following statement can be attributed to Kansas Farm Bureau President Richard Felts regarding Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly's nomination of Mike Beam to head the Department of Agriculture.

“Congratulations to the newly appointed Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Beam,” says Rich Felts, president of Kansas Farm Bureau. “As agriculture is the number one industry in Kansas, supporting more than 12 percent of the workforce and more than 40 percent of the total economy, it’s vital to have the right person in this role. We look forward to working together to protect the farmers and ranchers of Kansas.”