Agriculture

Blaine’s Bulletin: August District Work Period

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The August district work period is in full swing, and over the last couple of weeks I’ve had a lot of productive visits around the Third District. This is important time I get to spend meeting with constituents and businesses to check in and hear how things are going. Here are just a few highlights. Due to our abundance of farms and ranches and with one of our top commodities being…

Blaine’s Bulletin: Ensuring Ag Producers Have the Tools They Need

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Farming is one of the most rewarding (and the most essential) industries there is. If all goes right, the hard work you put into your land in the middle of America becomes food for the world. In Missouri 27.8 million acres – 2/3 of our state – is farmland, much of which are family farms that sometimes go back several generations. Our $93.7 billion ag industry employs almost 460,000…

Blaine’s Bulletin: National Ag Week

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Farming and ranching are just about as Missouri as it gets. Our state’s fertile land has been farmed for hundreds of years and we are one of the nation’s top ag states, ranking second in the nation for number of farms. From soybeans, to corn, to hay, rice, cotton, cattle, hogs, and turkeys – Missouri farmers and ranchers are producing a variety of commodities the world needs. And they’re…

Blaine’s Bulletin: Hope for 2022

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A new year always brings hope for the future. We were optimistic that 2021 would be better than 2020 which was not necessarily the case, but I’m hopeful 2022 will bring health, prosperity, more jobs, lower prices, and peace of mind to our state. Missouri families have been fighting to keep businesses afloat, kids in school, bills paid, and their freedom in tact since March 2020, and I…

Blaine's Bulletin: District Work Period

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Last week I shared my views on the disastrous and heartbreaking situation in Afghanistan. Only moments after the bulletin was sent, we learned that a family here in the Third District lost their son in the attacks at the Kabul airport. Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz lost his life in his pursuit to get as many people to safety as possible. Because of him and his fellow soldiers, thousands of…

Blaine's Bulletin: FFA Week

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With 2/3 of our state covered in farmland and being home to the second highest number of farms in the nation, Missouri knows a little something about the agricultural business. Our state is home to generations of skilled ag producers who play a critical role in our local economies, job market and food supply chain. And with an $88 billion agriculture industry, Missouri is not only a major…

Blaine’s Bulletin: Supporting Missouri Meat Producers

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It only takes a couple minutes of watching TV or listening to the radio to be reminded of the many challenges COVID-19 presents. Depending on where in Missouri you live, we’ve had to make major changes in our day to day lives. What we don’t hear enough about are the various ways people are rising to the challenge. Here in the Third District, our local meat processors and butchers are…

Luetkemeyer: Trade Deal with China is Great News for American Workers and Exporters

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) released the following statement regarding the signing of a trade agreement between the U.S. and China. “The President’s trade deal with China is great news for American farmers, manufacturers and energy producers. With Missouri being made up of two-thirds farmland and home to a thriving auto industry, our already…

Luetkemeyer Votes to Send Farm Bill to the President’s Desk

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Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report to H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) released the following statement in support of this critical legislation: “A few months ago, I voted in support of the House-passed farm bill to ensure stability for our Missouri farmers because I…

Blaine's Bulletin: Missouri Feeding the World

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Having grown up raising hogs and cattle and continuing to own livestock today, agriculture policy is deeply personal to me. More importantly, living in Mid-Missouri allows me to talk to farmers and ranchers daily. I know how hard they work day in and day out to put food on their own tables and on the shelves of our grocery stores.