Ham breakfast highlights growth at state fair

At what northwest Missouri farmer Renee Fordyce calls “the great big ag family reunion,” otherwise known as the governor’s ham breakfast, lawmakers, agriculturalists and Governor Mike Parson focused on the growth happening at the Missouri State Fair.

“We have one of the largest state fairs this year with the largest attendance in the state’s history with 21,000 exhibits,” Parson says. “That’s the highest number we’ve ever had and as I said in the state of the state, we’re not done yet.”

And the cool, wet conditions and the improvement on today’s drought monitor were discussed. South-central Missouri farmer Brian Lehman tells Brownfield some of his corn won’t be used for grain.

“A lot of chopping will happen. We were one week away from chopping in June and things greened up. At least we’ll have some forage for cattle, but it seems that everyone with livestock is chopping corn.”

The Missouri State Fair continues through Sunday in Sedalia, Missouri.

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