The Missouri Speaker of the House is traveling across the state to support and promote Missouri’s top industry. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Representative Tim Jones:
The tour’s focus is agriculture and agribusiness. “There are more than 100,000 family-run farms and agribusinesses in the state of Missouri. It creates over $14 billion in economic activity, and employs nearly a quarter billion Missourians directly,” said Jones, “And if you add in all the ancillary businesses, we’re talking about an industry that employes nearly 400,000 Missourians. Fifteen percent of the work force.”
This three-day tour puts the focus on some of the many different businesses involved in ag. Jones embarked on this tour to learn about the concerns of those involved in agriculture. He comes from a farming background, but wants to know more from Missourians.
“I’m very proud of the fact that that family farm has now been trod upon by five generations of Jones’. I’m proud about that heritage and that connection. I understand the hard work that goes into agriculture. So I’m on the road this week to learn more about it. To learn about the challenges and issues facing them. And to learn how government can facilitate the increased positive growth of agriculture in our state.”
Jones has heard concerns from Missourians about how the federal government shutdown will affect the State’s largest industry.
“The Missouri family farmer is watching with dismay, as is the rest of the nation, to the fact that government has ceased to operate. And there’s a lot of different reasons for that. Some are valid, some believe that we need to reform Washington, D.C. I am one of those. We have to do everything we can to cut our spending on our debt limit. Unfortunately, though, a non-operational government does fail to carry out any of its duties.”
Jones will appear at the Tyson Foods Plant in Sedalia at 10:30 Wednesday morning. He then goes on to the Cook Family Farm in Garden City at 3:00. The statewide tour ends at Paseo Gargill Energy in Kansas City this Friday at 8:00 a.m.