Trump's new agriculture brain trust includes Rick Perry, Jim Gilmore
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: 'DC should annex' Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia's House of Delegates MORE announced his new agricultural advisory committee on Tuesday as he looks to improve his standing with voters, especially in rural swing states. 
 
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The roster includes six conservative governors — Terry Branstad (Iowa), Sam Brownback (Kan.), Pete Ricketts (Neb.), Mary Fallin (Okla.), Dennis Daugaard (S.D.), and Jack Dalrymple (N.D.) — as well as 2016 GOP primary rivals Rick Perry and Jim Gilmore. 
 
Five federal lawmakers — Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsSenate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training Overnight Energy: Perry takes heat for sexual assault comments | Clovis withdraws nomination for USDA post | Battle lines drawn on Arctic refuge drilling | Energy regulator back to full strength Trump USDA pick linked to Mueller probe withdraws nomination MORE (Kan.) and Reps. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteJuan Williams: The shame of Trump's enablers GOP bill would ban abortions when heartbeat is detected Overnight Regulation: GOP flexes power over consumer agency | Trump lets states expand drone use | Senate panel advances controversial EPA pick | House passes bill to curb 'sue-and-settle' regs MORE (Va.), Mike Conaway (Texas), Rodney Davis (Ill.) and Robert AderholtRobert Brown AderholtCBS series 'Madam Secretary' exploring 'fake news' plot Trump launches all-out assault on Mueller probe Republicans rally around Sessions after Trump criticism MORE (Ala.) — will also sit on the committee, which includes former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary John Block, former Harris Teeter grocery store CEO Bob Goodale, and other industry leaders. 
 
“The members of my agricultural advisory committee represent the best that America can offer to help serve agricultural communities," Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, said in a campaign 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.”
 
The announcement comes the week after a series of swing-state polls painted a gloomy picture for Trump, especially in states where he expects to perform well among rural voters. Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE leads him by about 9 points in Pennsylvania and 3 points in Ohio, according to the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls, while the two are effectively tied in Iowa. 
 
This post was updated at 12 p.m.