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Donald Trump names host of Midwestern governors to agriculture panel

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Donald Trump announced Tuesday several governors and Midwestern lawmakers have joined his campaign’s agriculture advisory committee.

The committee includes Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Five Capitol Hill lawmakers have also joined the committee: Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, and Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Mike Conaway of Texas, Rodney Davis of Illinois and Robert Aderholt of Alabama.

All are Republicans.

The Trump campaign said the group will advise the nominee on a range of issues relevant to rural, agricultural communities and states where farming is a significant portion of the economy.

“The members of my agricultural advisory committee represent the best that America can offer to help serve agricultural communities,” Trump said in a statement. “Many of these officials have been elected by their communities to solve the issues that impact our rural areas every day. I’m very proud to stand with these men and women, and look forward to serving those who serve all Americans from the White House.”

In all, 64 people were named to the committee, including Trump’s former primary rivals Rick Perry and Jim Gilmore.

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