On Tuesday, an interim commission came to Crowder College to discuss the drought situation and Missouri’s economic recovery.
“There are issues in the dairy industry, issues in the cow calf operations because of feed, grass because of water, there is certainly economic issues in the dog breeder industry that seen almost a 50 percent decline in that industry because of regulations and interpretation of regulations,” said state Rep. Bill Reiboldt, chairman of Interim Commission on Agriculture, Innovation, and Economic Recovery.
Farmers from the local area came to the Wright Conference Center on the college’s campus for the meeting.
This was the fourth meeting that the commission – made up of six state representatives and four people involved in agribusiness – has had in the state.
“We have been to Mexico, Mo., Charleston, Mo., over in the Boothill, Mountain Grove, Mo., and now in Neosho,” Reiboldt said. “We have talked about a number of issues that will affect Missouri. [We’re] coming out of the two drought years and hopefully we will not have a third drought year. Today, we are talking about issues that will affect our area as well as the state water issues, we are going to talk about cow-calf issues, some people had to sell down their herds and feed has been an issue. We are going to talk about some dairy farming issues. We are also going to talk about FFA and education and the technology, technical education and some of the issues that surround that. We are also going to talk about some pet breeder issues. And try to find some solutions as we go into session and make recommendations and make a full report to the Speaker of the House.”
During the meeting, the farmers came to make statements on certain issues. They gave recommendations as well as reports.
Two who spoke at the meeting were Doc Harold Haskins, a local veterinarian from Diamond, and Jackie Moore, with Joplin Stockyards.
According to Reiboldt, Moore and Haskins “talked a lot about cow calf issues, about feed and about young people getting started in agriculture, problems with finance, getting financing. It is so difficult, so hard, for a young person to get started today in agriculture.”
Reiboldt said this was the last of four meetings around the state.
“We are putting a report together,” he said. “The report goes to the Speaker of the House.”
Reiboldt said he was pleased with the Tuesday event.
“We had good participation from farmers, people who I had contacted,” he said. “We got a lot of good issues covered.”