Agriculture’s woes drag down Kansas personal income growth

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Personal income growth in Kansas is below the national average largely because of troubles in agriculture.

Kansas Public Radio reports that the state’s personal income has grown by 1.6% since late 2007, when the Great Recession started. The national rate is 2.1%.

All states have seen their economies grow since the Great Recession but Kansas had the eighth-worst personal income growth in the nation over the last year.

Kansas farmers face an expanding drought and low commodity prices. Agriculture makes up about 40% of the state’s economy and industries related to agriculture and food production are worth about $65 billion annually.

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