Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Friday morning in Kansas City. Also present was Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn and representatives from the Missouri agriculture industry.

“Secretary Perdue and I share a common background having been raised on a family farm, running our own small businesses, and serving our country in the military,” said Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson. “He describes himself as ‘a farmer first’ and is already working with President Trump to improve working conditions for farmers and ranchers across our country,” Parson said.

President Trump signed an executive order last Tuesday calling for a special task force to identify obstacles for agriculture growth, including trade and immigration. “Access to trade and a skilled agriculture workforce are priorities not only for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but for Missouri as well,” said Parson. “I am committed to working with those on the federal and state level to ensure the next generation of farmers and ranchers are well educated and have the ability to trade with other entities and countries around the world,” Lieutenant Governor Parson said.

“As we aim to promote and protect Missouri’s number one industry, I am honored to have Lieutenant Governor Parson as a partner in advancing agriculture,” said Missouri’s Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “Together, we will work with Secretary Perdue to ensure Missouri’s farmers and ranchers have a place at the table,” Chinn said.

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