Governor Laura Kelly Endorsed by Over 50 Kansas Farmers and Ranchers

Farmers and Ranchers across the state throw their support behind Governor Kelly’s Steady Leadership

TOPEKA – Today a bipartisan group of over 50 farmers and ranchers from across the state endorsed Governor Laura Kelly for re-election, citing Governor Kelly’s successful leadership in rebuilding Kansas’ economy, investing in the agriculture industry, and supporting local Kansas farmers and ranchers.


“Laura Kelly is making positive changes for Kansas farmers, rural business owners, and our rural communities.” former Kansas Department of Agriculture Secretary, Adrian Polansky said. “Kansas rural communities need good roads, good schools and healthy hospitals. Governor Kelly has kept KDOT funds for roads, funded education and advocated for Medicaid expansion, which will help rural hospitals and save lives. For a bright future for agriculture and rural Kansas, we must re-elect Governor Laura Kelly.”


“Our agriculture industry is our state’s biggest economic driver. In Kansas, farming is a way of life and local Kansas farms are vital to our economy – they feed the nation and the world,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “During my time in office, I’ve made it a top priority to ensure that our farmers and ranchers have the resources and support they need to succeed. I’m honored to have these Kansans join the team.”


Since Governor Kelly took office in 2019, she has prioritized investments in Kansas’ agriculture industry. Governor Kelly invested in shortline rail projects to move products to market more cost effectively and more efficiently, created – a mental health resource for Kansas farmers and ranchers to help deal with stress, depression, and other mental health issues, and created the Wildfire Task Force to create recommendations for how Kansas communities can better prevent, respond to, and recover from wildfires – which often impact Agriculture workers. Governor Kelly also fully funded the state water plan for the first time in nearly 15 years, ensuring that Kansas farmers have continued access to this vital resource in the future.


Governor Kelly’s campaign continues to build momentum earning broad support from every corner of Kansas, including former RNC Committeewoman Alicia Salisbury, former Republican Attorney General Robert Stephan, former Republican Representative Jan Kessinger, former Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, over 160 other Kansas Republicans, over 125 current and former Kansas educators, the Kansas Carpenters Union, Equality Kansas, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union of Kansas, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union of Kansas, over 60 Kansas small business owners, the Kansas Service Employees International Union, the Kansas City Pipe Fitters Local 533 Union, the Kansas AFL-CIO, Kansas Laborers’ Local 1290, and End Citizens United & Let America Vote, The Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council, the Wichita / Hutchinson Labor Federation, the Ironworkers Local 10 Union, the Roofers Local 10 Union, and Education First Shawnee Mission.


Full list of farmer endorsements below:


Adrian Polansky, Belle Ville
Bernard Thompkins, Hill Top Farms, Garden Plain
Donn Teske, Wheaton
Louise Ehmke, Ehmke Seed, Healy
Vance Ehmke, Ehmke Seed, Healy
Ron Dover, Dover Family Farm, Denison
Mike Wunsch, T3 Farms, Outpost WorldWide, Paola
Linda Wunsch, T3 Farms, Outpost WorldWide, Paola
Phil Larson, Larson Farm, Galva
Don Svaty, Free State Farms, Ellsworth
Nicki Svaty, Free State Farms, Ellsworth
Paul Conway, Conway Produce, Leavenworth
Jill Elmers, Moon on the Meadow, Lawrence
Leah Dannar-Garcia, Firefly Farm, Wichita
Jacqueline Smith, Central Grazing Co., Lawrence
Stu Shafer, Sandheron Farm, Oskaloosa
Tad Kramer, Hidden Hollow Farm, Big Springs
Elizabeth Fischer, Long View Farm, Atchison
Jen Campbell, Woolly Bee Farm, Wamego
Alison Bjerke-Harvey, Piccallil Farm, Manhattan
Nat Bjerke-Harvey, Piccallil Farm, Manhattan
Janet Robertson, Dighton
Joyce Hineman, Hineman Farms, Dighton
Eldon Wancura, Dighton
Dan Wancura, Overland Park
William (Bill) Penka, Dighton
Margaret Kramer, Hidden Hollow Farm, Big Springs
Kevin Irick, Irick Farms, Linwood
Bruce Larkin, Seneca
Mark Gram, Gram Farms Inc, Clyde
Tim Peterson, Cedar Crest Farms, Monument
Rebekah Peterson, Cedar Crest Farms, Monument
Andrew Peterson, Cedar Crest Farms, Monument
Kevin Prather, Mellowfields Farm, Lawrence
Jessi Asmussen, Mellowfields Farm, Lawrence
Jim French, J&L Farms, Partridge
Terry Kastens, Kastens Farms, Atwood
Christi Abel, Heartland Farm, Great Bend
Jacob Abel, Heartland Farm, Great Bend
John C. Smith, Medicine Lodge
Harold Lucas, Walnut Grove Farm, Wichita
Harry Peckham, Pleasant Ridge, Rantoul
Juanita Peckham, Pleasant Ridge, Rantoul
Briana Arkenberg, Arkenberg Farms, Tecumseh
Keith Arkenberg, Arkenberg Farms, Tecumseh
Rob Scott, Berryton Home Farm, Berryton
Sally Scott, Berryton Home Farm, Berryton

Scott Thellman, Juniper Hill Farms, Lawrence

Nancy Thellman, Juniper Hill Farms, Lawrence
Scott Thellman Jr., Juniper Hill Farms, Lawrence
Chelsi Hayden, Burr Farm, Lawrence

Steve Bowlin, Bowlin Farms, Olathe