** From Missouri Department of Agriculture News Release - September 30, 2009
Ag Officials Propose Comprehensive Plan for Dairy & Pork Producers
Missouri's Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler has joined other leading agriculture officials from across the U.S. in proposing a national agriculture rescue plan called "Meat the Need" to immediately help the nation's dairy, pork and poultry industries that have been adversely affected by economic downturns. Director Hagler returned last week from the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Conference where agriculture directors, secretaries and commissioners met for four days discussing a plan to overcome the economic crisis that so many farmers are facing in Missouri and across the U.S. The "Meat the Need" plan, proposed by Director Hagler and other NASDA members, would not only take extra dairy and pork supplies off of the market but would provide low income families with more dairy and protein.
"Every day a call or a letter comes to my desk from another Missouri farm family running the risk of losing everything they have. These families are clearly facing dire circumstances where, over a sustained period of time, prices are not meeting the cost of production," said Director Hagler. "‘Meat the Need' is a vital first step to help keep these farmers from losing their farms and their livelihoods. We will continue to work with folks in the agricultural industry in Missouri and across the U.S. as well as our elected leaders in Washington D.C. to find common sense approaches to help all sectors of agriculture."
Read more at mda.mo.gov.
** Posted by Misti Preston