Missouri must take action on several priority issues in 2020 for our rural areas to remain vibrant and grow into the 21st century.
Missouri’s farmers export massive amounts of products to foreign countries. We need to open new markets and fix existing issues with our trading partners.
Flood Protection/Disaster Recovery
Record flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers devastated farmland and rural communities. Farmers and communities need help to recover.
Rural Missourians need access to affordable, high-quality health services where they live. We must reduce healthcare costs and make it easier to get treatment in rural areas.
Transportation & Infrastructure
Missouri’s transportation infrastructure needs more funding, including our river, road and rail networks. We must devote more resources to them.
Property rights are critical to farmers. They should not be disregarded for projects that are not proven public needs, like private, for-profit companies that are not directly serving Missourians.
Invasive species such as feral hogs and black vultures are causing havoc in Missouri. We must act quickly and decisively to get ahead of these pests and eradicate them before they spread throughout our state.
Processing raw goods in-state could keep billions more dollars in Missouri. This initiative could be the basis for Missouri agriculture’s future growth.
Locally-grown energy is good for the environment and good for the farmer. Missouri needs a seasonally flexible biodiesel blended fuel standard to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and benefit Missouri’s rural economy.
The beauty and fun of agriculture can be a big draw bringing tourist dollars into rural areas. We would like to see Missouri create a standardized road signage program to promote these popular destinations.