Parson optimistic about growing trade for MO ag in Italy

Governor Mike Parson says he’s optimistic a recent trade trip to Italy will benefit Missouri agriculture in the future.

“We’d like to expand some businesses and there will be more to talk about in the future, but the meetings went really good. Missouri is fortunate where we’re at in the middle of the United States. We’re an ag state and almost in the top 10 in all the commodities in the nation.”

He tells Brownfield trading partners across the globe want to buy products from a state that has good infrastructure.

“We’re talking about expanding river ports to get ag products in and out of our state, the bridges, highway system and airports and the rail system is a huge deal.”

Last year, Missouri exported $169 million in goods to Italy including leather, machinery and chemicals.

Brownfield interviewed Parson at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Steak Fry in mid-Missouri over the weekend.

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