Governor Kelly talks ag and economic development in Kansas

AgTrax hosts leaders in Hutchinson, Kansas for roundtable discussion.

Photo courtesy of Kansas Office of the Governor
Photo courtesy of Kansas Office of the Governor

AgTrax, a software company for accounting and advanced grain bin management, hosted leaders in Hutchinson, Kan. on Oct. 21, 2022, for a roundtable discussion focused on economic and agricultural growth in Central Kansas.

Governor Laura Kelly joined the discussion to address how her administration can continue to support the state’s water resources, logistics and distribution, and the Kansas workforce.

“Discussions like these are important, as they help us continue to grow and strengthen Kansas based on community needs,” Governor Laura Kelly said.

Since taking office, the Kelly Administration has created over 750 economic development projects worth more than $14.5 billion in capital investment and more than 52,000 jobs. Those successes include new ag-related businesses like Hilmar Cheese Company, which invested $600 million into Kansas to build a state-of-the-art cheese and whey manufacturing facility in Dodge City – creating 260 jobs with long term projections of an additional $550 million in capital investment and 750 additional new jobs. And Amber Wave, North America’s largest wheat protein plant which is investing more than $250 million into the new Phillipsburg facility and creating more than 60 new jobs.

“Agriculture makes up a large part of our local Reno County economy and the Hutchinson region is an important central location for the movement of commodities from Kansas,” said Debra Teufel, Hutch Chamber President and CEO. “We are pleased to be able to join Governor Kelly this week for a roundtable at AgTrax in Downtown Hutch. We appreciate the opportunity for Governor Kelly and Secretary Beam to hear issues of importance to our agribusiness community.”

AgTrax was named the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce 2021 Business of the Year.

“With a global leadership presence in the agribusiness technology field, AgTrax and its employees are genuinely thankful to have hosted and participated in Governor Kelly and Secretary Beam’s ‘Agriculture & Economic Success in Central Kansas’ Roundtable discussion,” said Gayle Lewis, President of AgTrax. “This forum, and the exchange of ideas with constituents, community leaders, and industry executives, are invaluable to the efforts of strengthening our statewide agriculture growth – achieved through collaborative partnerships and new business developments with ag-focused companies; leading to further economic rise in Kansas.”

In addition to Gayle, Teufel and Governor Kelly, roundtable participants included:

  • Representative Jason Probst, Kansas House of Representatives District 12
  • Senator Dave Kerr, Chair of the Board for Kansas Ethanol
  • CJ Blew, Owner of Blew Partnership of Cattleton
  • Abby Stockebrand, Human Resource Business Partner for PrairieLand Partners
  • Todd Warner, Vice President and General Manager of Kincaid Equipment and Manufacturing
  • Stephen Cost, Employee at Tyson Foods
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