Our farmers are the backbone in this district, and of the entire state. Last year alone the USDA Economic Research Service Fact Sheet on Missouri Agriculture showed the top 5 agriculture commodities in our state, soybeans, cattle and calves, corn, hogs & turkeys brought in total receipts of $6,919,680,000 billion. That is almost $7 billion dollars in our Missouri economy, which means they lead our state in having the greatest economic impact!
The State of Missouri original foundation was built with a primary emphasis on agriculture. That emphasis was just as important back then as it is today. Farmers have always been at the forefront of embracing technology and innovation in improving their farming practices to propel the state forward.
We must continue to invest in our agricultural community through innovative research at our public universities, so that Missouri farmers will remain competitive in this global market. It is in our state's best interest to continue partnering with our farming community and further strengthen the agricultural industry.
Houghton is a member of the Agri-Business Committee and the sponsor of many pieces of legislation to benefit farmers across the state, including HB 1271 that creates harsher punishments for people who trespass on agricultural land and HB 1796 that outlaws videotaping in agriculture facilities for personal gain, crop and animal tampering, and impersonating a Missouri Department of Agriculture inspector