MISSOURI-Last week Missouri Senator Roy Blunt commended what he called a “huge opportunity” for Missouri farmers and agriculturalists.  The Senator hosted Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae, a longtime supporter of international agricultural trade between the United States and Japan.

The Senator and Ambassador both met with agricultural groups on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, including the National Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association. Both men toured American and Japanese agricultural facilities, including the Danforth Plant Science Center, the Monsanto Headquarters and the Japanese owned Novus International.

The Senator praised the number of plant scientists in Missouri, and stressed the significance of Missouri agricultural development. Blunt, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, also noted “the importance of developing commerce now” before demand for food doubles.