I am proud to operate my family’s fourth-generation cattle farm in Salem, MO and be a part of the great agricultural tradition of Southeast Missouri. Agriculture is the economic foundation of the Eighth District of Missouri. We raise and grow everything from cattle, chickens and hogs to corn, rice, cotton and soybeans. I am dedicated to advancing policies that will stimulate agriculture and economic growth in Missouri and across the country.
President Obama’s restrictive EPA regulations are out of touch with the needs of our farmers. The agriculture community is currently burdened with excessive paperwork and unnecessary legislation. I am committed to limiting the EPA’s control over farmers and their land and agricultural practices.
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HOUSTON, MO – Congressman Jason Smith spoke to the Texas County Farm Bureau this week where they discussed his focus on farms, plans for tax reform and his work with President Trump and Vice President Pence.
Smith spent the entire month of August visiting locally owned farms and agribusinesses across southeast and south central Missouri, many of whom were concerned about burdensome regulations and our country’s complicated tax code.
CALEDONIA, MO – On August 29, 2017, Congressman Jason Smith was at Caledonia Vineyard in Washington County to meet with owners Paul and Deanna Redinger about the challenges they face while running their family owned agribusiness and the importance of operations like Caledonia Vineyard to agri-tourism and entertainment in southeast and south central Missouri.
Over the summer, the Redinger family hosted a blackberry festival that brought more than 1,700 people to their farm.
SIKESTON, MO – On August 28, 2017, Congressman Jason Smith held a roundtable to discuss the challenges local farmers face as they run their agriculture operations and what they need from the next farm bill. Smith was joined by United States House of Representatives Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13).
BOURBON, MO – On August 9, 2017, Congressman Jason Smith stopped at Heartland Farms in Crawford County and spoke with owners Jeff and Pam Lock about their concerns over the rising out of pocket costs for their family’s healthcare coverage.
The Lock Family owns Heartland Farms where they run an agri-entertainment and agri-tourism operation. The farm serves as a venue for weddings and private events and they run a corn maze and pumpkin patch that is to the public each Fall.
MOUNTAIN GROVE, MO – On August 8, 2017, Congressman Jason Smith stopped at the Springhill Pumpkin Patch to talk with owner Duncan Smith about the challenges he faces as he runs his family farm in Texas County.
Duncan shared with Congressman Smith that he used to be a dairy farmer, but after being burdened with too many regulations, decided to stop his dairy business, raise sheep and venture into the pumpkin patch agribusiness.
MANES, MO – On August 8, 2017, Congressman Jason Smith stopped at Dowden Dairy in Wright County to talk with the Dowden Family about the challenges they face while running their family dairy farm.
Gene and DaLisa Dowden run the dairy farm with their four children. They shared with Congressman Smith that they were concerned about regulations that would put small family farms out of business.
WASOLA, MO – On August 8, 2017, Congressman Jason Smith stopped at The Concrete Works in Ozark County to see firsthand what this unique agribusiness produces.
Owners Sean and Cleta Sweeney founded The Concrete Works in 1990 and operate four distinct businesses on their property – mining, organic farming, cement and machinery. At The Concrete Works, they primarily produce storm shelters and cattle feeders and have hired several local FFA students.
WEST PLAINS, MO – On August 8, 2017, Congressman Jason Smith stopped at Ozark Regional Stock Yards in Howell County to see firsthand how this local agribusiness and small employer impacts the West Plains community.
Owner Randy Hoover opened Ozark Regional Stock Yards in 1983 and now sells cattle in a 100-mile radius.
KOSHKONONG, MO – On August 3, 2017, Congressman Jason Smith stopped at the Trickling Springs Creamery as part of his 5th annual focus on farms and talked with them about issues they face in running their business.
Trickling Springs Creamery processes 2,000 gallons of milk per day and has 43 employees. They make cheese, frozen and drinkable yogurt. One of the things the creamery struggles with is the cost of shipping and receiving.
WINONA, MO – On August 3, 2017, Congressman Jason Smith stopped at Hilltop Farm in Shannon County and spoke with owner John Charles about his concerns over rising health insurance premiums.
Charles owns and operates Hilltop Farm where they grow and harvest produce to sell at farmers markets and to the local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group. The CSA has grown from seven to 26 members over the last year. Charles currently has 29 raised beds for growing produce, and is planning on adding 20 more.