Governor Mike Parson hosted a working dinner Wednesday evening at the Governor’s Mansion with agricultural leaders across Missouri. The Governor and leaders addressed agriculture priorities and concerns, including the drought, infrastructure needs, expanding trade opportunities, and workforce development.
“It was a privilege to host and unite members of Missouri’s agriculture coalition for a working dinner to discuss shared challenges and to promote and defend Missouri’s number one industry, agriculture,” said Governor Parson.
As a longtime proponent of agriculture who has been a farmer since his days growing up on his family farm in southwest Missouri and currently a third-generation farmer, Governor Parson understands the challenges that the agricultural industry is facing.
“Governor Parson has been a longtime friend and supporter of Missouri Agriculture,” said Dan Cassidy, Chief Administrative Officer of Missouri Farm Bureau. “It is refreshing to know that we have one of our own in the Governor’s Mansion who clearly understands the challenges for every Missouri farm and ranch family. We appreciate the Governor’s leadership and vision to ensure that our next generation of farmers are prepared to feed the world.”
“We appreciate Governor Parson’s willingness to sit down and speak candidly about the issues we are facing right now,” said Mike Deering, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. “As our Missouri cattlemen battle this year’s drought and the effect of a limited water supply, we are confident Governor Parson will continue to work alongside us to address these challenges.”
Governor Parson reminded each leader that “Missouri farm and ranch families are the backbone of this state. In order to move Missouri agriculture forward, we need to find forward-thinking solutions, including expanding trade opportunities and exploring technology innovations as we look to tackle the drought that is affecting so many of our farmers.”