Governor Eric Greitens has signed a proclamation officially declaring March 18-24 to be National Agriculture Week in the state of Missouri. The Governor signed the proclamation with Future Farmers of America students in Kingdom City.
“We’ve been working to support our farmers and ranchers—rolling back burdensome regulations, allowing new farms to open, and getting the government out of the way. It’s an honor to celebrate National Agriculture Week, and recognize the important work these Missourians do,” said Governor Eric Greitens.
WHEREAS, Missouri agriculture contributes $88.4 billion to the state’s economy and employs nearly 400,000 people; and
WHEREAS, Missouri is home to nearly 100,000 farms, 97% of which are family owned and operated; and
WHEREAS, Missouri farmers consistently rank in the top ten nationally in commodities including soybeans, beef cows, corn, broiler chickens, hogs, goats, turkeys, rice, cotton and forest products; and
WHEREAS, Missouri farmers work every day to produce a safe and secure food supply for consumers locally and globally; and
WHEREAS, Missouri FFA and 4-H touch the lives of more than 125,000 young men and women, building up the next generation of ag leaders; and
WHEREAS, Missouri is home to the ag tech and biotechnology corridor in St. Louis and the animal health corridor in Kansas City, and is constantly making advancements to keep up with growing demand from domestic and international markets; and
WHEREAS, agriculture experiences are numerous in Missouri, through farmers’ markets, agritourism venues, wineries and the Missouri State Fair; and
WHEREAS, agriculture impacts the lives of all Missourians from the food they eat, the milk they drink, the fuel they pump into their vehicle and the clothes they wear.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Eric Greitens, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, do hereby proclaim the month of March 18-24, 2018, to be
NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK IN MISSOURI
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, this 14th day of March, 2018.