Agriculture

Missouri’s Biggest Economic Impact

Agriculture is the backbone of our economy in Missouri. Not only is it invaluable to working families across rural Missouri, it is also the corner stone of our culture. Row crop and livestock and the industries they support are a part of our lives, our DNA. Each year, more and more older farmers are hanging it up and retiring from farming, while at the same time, fewer and fewer young people can afford to step in and take over the family farm.

As John F. Kennedy famously described the American farmer in the 1960’s “The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.” The same message still holds true today. We have got to take an in-depth look at Missouri’s family farms. With an exponentially growing world population, the demand for the American farmer’s product is at an all-time high – yet we continuing to see the rapid decline in generational farming family.

It’s disgraceful that our so-called representatives are victim to the big-money influence in Jefferson City and Washington D.C.. Big-money Corporate Agriculture assaults our Missouri farmers through legislation, and family farmers continue to suffer.

The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.

John F. Kennedy