According to The Russell Group President Randy Russell, the agriculture community is losing significant experience from the agriculture committees. “(Kansas Senator) Pat Roberts was in office for 40 years and was the only person to serve as both the House and Senate ag committees. (Minnesota Representative) Collin Peterson was in for 30 years and (Texas Representative) Mike Conaway was in for 15 years. That’s 85 years of experience no longer sitting at the table.” Russell full expects the individuals that move into those leadership roles to do well, “but, that’s very big shoes to fill.”
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