The newly-formed Interim Commission on Agriculture Innovation and Economic Recovery plans to collect information on Missouri agriculture.  Click to hear KMZU’s Mandy Young speak with Committee head Bill Reinboldt:

Bill Reiboldt

The Interim Commission on Agriculture Innovation and Economic Recovery plans set up hearings around the state to gain public input.  Those will be announced at a later date.  The commission is made up of both legislators and citizens in the agriculture industry.

Press Release from The Missouri House of Representatives:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A group of legislators and citizens will work together to assess the damage that has been done to the state’s vitally important agriculture industry as the result of this summer’s extreme drought and the ongoing economic recession. Members will serve on the Interim Commission on Agriculture Innovation and Economic Recovery that was created by House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller, R-Willard.

Schoeller selected Rep. Bill Reiboldt, R-Neosho, to lead the commission as it travels around the state to gather information and testimony regarding the hardships endured by Missouri farmers.

“We have looked at the impact severe weather has had on our state on a broader scale and we’ve seen that the agriculture industry has suffered greatly during these trying times,” said Schoeller. “As we look for ways to spur the recovery effort, it’s clear we need to focus on the industry that is the backbone of our state. It’s an industry that affects not just the wellbeing of Missourians but millions of people outside our borders who rely on our products.”

Schoeller named the following House members to serve on the commission alongside Reiboldt: Reps. Jay Hougton, R-Martinsburg; Tony Dugger, R-Hartville; and Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton. In addition, he appointed the following citizen members: Lonny Duckworth of Duckworth Farms, Lloyd Gunter of Gunter Farms, Brent Sandidge of Ham Hills Farms, and Greg Sharpe of Pioneer Seed.

The commission will hold a series of public hearings throughout the state to gather input from the public on this important issue. Schoeller said he anticipates the first hearing will be announced in the coming week.