Click below to listen to KMZU’s Justin Aldred interview Lloyd Gunter, the Chairmen of the Missouri Dairy Association, from Conway, Missouri.
The 2015 Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act has passed both Missouri’s House and Senate with overwhelming approval and now the bill is awaiting Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s signature.
The Chairmen of the Missouri Dairy Association, Lloyd Gunter, says that the Governors approval of this bill is necessary for the survival of the dairy industry in Missouri. Gunter says the state of Missouri keeps losing dairy farmers at an astonishing rate, and if this loss rate continues, the state will have to ship milk in from other states causing the cost to Missouri consumers to be much more than it is now.
More information about the bill and why it wasn’t passed last year when it was first considered, is available in a KMZU story, by clicking here.
According to a 2011 University of Missouri study, the Missouri dairy production industry directly employees 5,515 workers and at the time it’s payroll was $258 million. The study also showed that the industry produced an estimated $4.4 million dollars worth of dairy products.