State Fair: Parson encourages farmers in tough weather year

Missouri Governor Mike Parson had strong words of encouragement this morning for farmers. Brownfield’s Julie Harker reports from the Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair…

Parson says last year Missouri farmers were suffering a major toll on crops, cattle and pasture from severe drought and this year it’s severe storms and flooding.

“But just like the exhibitors that faced a drought during the first state fair in 1901 we have met these difficult circumstances with grit, determination, good will – and we have fought back with blood, sweat and tears.”

Parson says the state is working on rebuilding infrastructure, revitalizing farm ground and refocusing the flood control priorities.

Governor Parson talked also about the successes for Missouri agriculture in the past year: the relocation of USDA ERS and NIFA offices to Kansas City, Missouri; the Bayer site in Creve Couer; Bunge moving to St. Louis; the USMCA passage; EU beef trade; and, what he calls the biggest year in the state legislature for Missouri agriculture, not the least of which is $8-Million-dollars for improvements at the Missouri State Fair. A building is expected to replace the governor’s tent at next years ham breakfast.

Proceeds from the ham auction at this year’s ham breakfast will cover youth scholarships and fair improvements.

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