Statement from MOFB President Blake Hurst on the Missouri Legislative Session

Actuality: Click here to download an audio response from MOFB President Blake Hurst.

Statement from MOFB President Blake Hurst upon the U.S. House of Representatives’ failure to pass the Farm Bill

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.

Statement by Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst on the Appointment of MOFB Member Richard Fordyce as the Administrator of USDA's Farm Service Agency: Statement by Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst on the Appointment of MOFB Member Richard Fordyce as the Administrator of USDA's Farm Service Agency:
Today is a good day for U.S. agriculture and Missouri agriculture. Richard Fordyce has been a friend for many years and an outstanding member of Missouri Farm Bureau.
Group Statement from Missouri Ag Groups on China Tariff Threats
Missouri is fortunate to be home to a host of agricultural products that are essential to feeding and clothing people around the world. Recent announcements by the Chinese to levy tariffs on United States agricultural products, including soybeans, pork, cotton, beef, corn, sorghum, and wheat, are cause for serious concern to our industry. Farmers depend on international trade for nearly 20 percent of their overall income. Missouri farmers cannot afford to risk losing critical market share in China to our competitors, especially with net farm income projected to hit a 12-year low this year.
Statement by Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst Regarding China Tariff Threats Statement by Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst Regarding China Tariff Threats

"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.

Good Year for Rural Missouri’s Priorities in the State Capitol Good Year for Rural Missouri’s Priorities in the State Capitol

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.

Honest Labeling of Fake Meat May Soon be Required in Missouri Honest Labeling of Fake Meat May Soon be Required in Missouri
Missouri may soon become the first state in the nation to require food marketed as “meat” to be harvested from an actual animal. This seemingly obvious definition has actually become quite blurred in recent years. Innovations in food science have led to new products that imitate meat but come from either plants or lab-grown tissue.
Big Ag is a Mystery to Many Big Ag is a Mystery to Many

“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.

The Silent Crisis for America’s Farmers The Silent Crisis for America’s Farmers

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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