Actuality: Click here to download an audio response from MOFB President Blake Hurst.
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst made the following statement upon the U.S. House of Representatives’ failure to pass the Farm Bill:
“Today’s farm bill defeat in the House of Representatives is disappointing to Missouri farmers. Farming is unpredictable, and the huge costs of doing business can be lost in a single storm or lack thereof. The farm bill has helped farmers manage these risks for decades so we can survive the bad years and continue to feed, clothe and fuel the world.
"On Monday, the Trump Administration announced a second round of tariff increases on goods imported from China. These tariffs will take effect in 60 days. On Tuesday, China proposed tariffs against numerous goods imported from the U.S., including soybeans, cotton, corn, wheat, sorghum, and beef. Pork exported from the U.S. to China was already covered by recently announced Chinese tariffs.
Despite the tremendous distractions in Missouri politics this spring, the 2018 Missouri legislative session ended with several big wins for both rural Missourians and the entire state. Lawmakers were able to overcome personal and political differences to prioritize agriculture, the state’s number one industry, in the closing days of session.
“Big Ag” is a term used often in the media. While its meaning is shrouded in mystery, the term is usually not said in a positive context. Users of the term are generally outspoken critics of U.S. food policy, national agriculture leaders or large farm organizations. Keen readers will notice a pattern, as writers who use the term also seem to make references to “Factory Farms,” CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) and “Puppy Mills.” The common denominator appears to be that Big Ag is somehow both anti-consumer and anti-environment.
In our minds, farmers are strong and resilient, the personification of the can-do American spirit, working long, hard, solitary days, ready to overcome any obstacle and persevere the most trying of times. There is great truth in this image, yet it also directly identifies the roots of a silent crisis. The struggle and solitude are factors contributing to farming having the highest suicide rate of any occupation in America.
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