The two Senators for Kansas both say outgoing Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has been an asset for farmers.
President Bush announced Johanns' resignation Thursday. It's expected Johanns will run for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.
"Mike Johanns has been a good Agriculture Secretary to work with
and has worked especially hard on the trade front to protect U.S.
agriculture interests in the Doha round negotiations, while also working
hard to reopen the Japanese and Korean markets to U.S. beef," Roberts said in a statement. "I wish him well. Chuck Conner is well versed in agriculture policy and I am confident he will serve well as Acting Secretary."
Roberts is a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
“I commend Secretary Johanns for his service to the President, to the country, and to the American agriculture industry,” Brownback said in a statement. “Johanns’ leadership and insight over the past three years has led to more prosperous farms and farm families across this nation and has set us on a good course as we begin to write a new farm bill. I wish Johanns the best of luck in his future endeavors and thank him for his service.”