Trump's new agriculture brain trust includes Rick Perry, Jim Gilmore
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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 RobertsEvangelical leader: Not worth risking ties with Saudi Arabia over missing journalist GOP loads up lame-duck agenda as House control teeters Congress allows farm bill to lapse before reauthorization deadline MORE (Kan.) and Reps. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteRosenstein to appear for House interview next week Fusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth following House GOP subpoena House Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein MORE (Va.), Mike Conaway (Texas), Rodney Davis (Ill.) and Robert AderholtRobert Brown AderholtHealthy business vs healthy people — how will this administration address the two? The stakes are sky-high for the pro-life cause in the upcoming midterms Adoption Provider Act is about religious freedom — not same-sex adoption 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 ClintonWatchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US Republicans cancel airtime in swing Vegas district The Democratic Donald Trump is coming 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.