Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst made the following statement upon the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the 2018 farm bill:
“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.
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst made the following statement regarding Mike Kehoe's appointment as Lieutenant Governor:
"Mike Kehoe is a proven leader for Missouri. He is a farmer himself and a long-term friend of Farm Bureau. His understanding of transportation and infrastructure issues will be especially valuable to the people of rural Missouri in his new role as Lieutenant Governor. We congratulate him on his appointment and look forward to working with him and the rest of the Parson Administration."
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst made the following statement regarding Governor Parson meeting with farmers in southeast Missouri:
"Congratulations to Mike Parson on his swearing in as Missouri Governor. Governor Parson will be an outstanding leader for our state, and we look forward to working with him in the coming years.
Actuality: Click here to download an audio response from MOFB President Blake Hurst.
Since the devastating 2012 drought, farmers spent the past five seasons rebuilding their herds and getting back to a sustainable level. Many have just started to feel like their feet are back under them. But with the dry months of summer now setting in, many Missouri cattle farmers are struggling to find hay and feed for their animals.
In 2016, 908 of our fellow Missourians died of opioid overdoses. Nationwide, over 64,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, and nearly two-thirds of these were caused by opioids. Opioids and their synthetic cousins are not just the next drug in a long line of problematic drugs – this time the problem is much worse. The drug overdose rate is more than four times as high now as it was during the height of the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic that gave rise to the War on Drugs. The Missouri State Highway Patrol estimates that for every 100 prescriptions written, 80 of them are for opioids. The scope of this problem is hard to believe.
We all want to eat healthy food and keep our children safe from toxic substances, and simple lists and clean-versus-dirty shopping guides appeal to some consumers. But context matters. Scientists thoroughly test thousands of substances, from water to arsenic, to determine how much of them would be toxic to humans. Some level of every substance is toxic to humans, but conversely, the human body can safely process a trace amount of almost anything without any risk to health.
We called it the Pumpkin, in honor of its brilliant orange paint job. We bought it at a junkyard in Kansas, one of those places where a fat guy in a beard and greasy overalls can locate just about anything in acres of truck rims and engine blocks. We mounted a used box and hoist on the Pumpkin, and we were in the trucking business. 6 miles a gallon, 600 bushels a trip, and a “safety” switch that would ring twice before shutting the engine off at the most inopportune times. That was in 1986, and the Pumpkin was still hauling grain in 1996.
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