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    Congressman Smith says Nixon’s land-use deal ‘misuses funds’

    Calling it a “clear misuse of funds,” U.S. Rep. Jason Smith has taken Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to task over a state proposal to transfer private land to state control in Oregon County. Smith’s office issued a news release Monday evening that addresses the plan that would allow the state Department of Natural Resources to buy land in Oregon County. The land would be bought with money set aside in a lawsuit settlement, the release said, that is intended to be used for restoration to land damaged b... READ MORE

    Smith makes stop at Cape Girardeau's Birthright organization

    Barb McKeon, an assistant director at Birthright of Cape Girardeau, shows donated afghans to Congressman Jason Smith during his tour of Birthright on Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Jason Smith on Tuesday took a tour of Birthright of Cape Girardeau, which offers alternatives to abortion, and asked questions about the not-for-profit's services and funding. Smith, R-Salem, co-sponsored two bills that would block taxpayer dollars from supporting Planned Parenthood or other organizations that perform abortions ... READ MORE

    Congressman Stops at Leerjak Ranch in Patterson

    A Stop in Wayne County Congressman Jason Smith, at right, visited Wayne County last Saturday as part of his 3rd Annual Farm Tour. Smith was joined by State Rep. Paul Fitzwater, at left, on a visit to Leerjak Ranch in Patterson. Pictured with Smith and Fitzwater in front of the Leerjak General Store are (l-r) Sierra, Erica, Ronnie, and Annalea Ross. Congressman Jason Smith visited Wayne County during his 3rd Annual Farm Tour. He visited Leerjak Ranch in Wayne County on Saturday, Aug. 29. Smith’s... READ MORE

    Congressman Smith visits local farm

    Provided by Ruth Ann Skaggs | Pictured (Left to Right) are are Josh Skaggs, Kelsey Skaggs, Rep. Shelley Keeney, Congressman Jason Smith, Rep. Linda Black, and Eli Skaggs. Missouri’s 8th Congressional District U.S. Representative Jason Smith, visited the Skaggs Brothers & Sons new poultry farm, Aug. 21, as part of his Annual Farm Tour. The family owned and operated farm is located on Highway OO, in Madison County. Missouri House of Representatives members Linda Black with the 117th District and ... READ MORE

    Area farmers concerned about government regulations, Rep. Smith says

    Government regulations and keeping the next generation interested in agriculture were two of the most discussed topics when U.S. Rep. Jason Smith visited a beef cattle farm just outside of Jackson on Monday. Paul "Butch" Meier of Butch's Angus is a fourth-generation farmer who said he hopes his sons and grandchildren carry the farm through the next few generations. "I've lived on this tract of land all my life," he told the congressman and the small group of farmers gathered Monday. The average ... READ MORE

    Missouri congressman wants environmental agency eliminated

    SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says he thinks the federal Environmental Protection Agency should be eliminated. Smith's remarks came during a Missouri Farm Bureau presentation Thursday at the Missouri State Fair on a new rule on streams, tributaries and wetlands. The EPA says the federal rule clarifies but doesn't expand which smaller bodies of water should be protected from development and pollution. The Missouri Farm Bureau says the rule is a significant expans... READ MORE

    Congressman visits blueberry farm

    Congressman Jason Smith kicked off his third annual Farm Tour Monday, which included a stop at Brandywine Blueberry Farm on County Road 7160 near Rolla. Congressman Jason Smith kicked off his third annual Farm Tour Monday, which included a stop at Brandywine Blueberry Farm on County Road 7160 near Rolla. During the Farm Tour, Smith is traveling to each of the 30 counties in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District and highlighting the robust role that agriculture and farming play in our area. “Bra... READ MORE

    Congressional Farm Tour

    Congressman Jason Smith is pictured here with Paul Perkins as Smith kicked off his 3rd Annual Farm Tour on Monday at the Perkins Family Cattle Farm in Steelville. Smith’s Farm Tour will travel to each of the 30 counties in Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District and highlight the robust role that agriculture and farming play in our area. “The Farm Tour highlights some of the best parts of our agriculture-rich district with the farms and ranches that make our area unique,” said Smith. “Agricult... READ MORE

    Congressman Also Visits Farmers Of Levee District 2

    Jason Smith At Levee District 2 U.S. Representative Jason Smith met with some of the 60 farmers who maintain Ste. Genevieve Levee District 2 on August 5 at Loida Ag on Bourbon Road. The taxing district shields 7,500 acres of land from flooding during severe weather. A representative from Smith’s office said those with Levee District 2 asked that the meeting not have media coverage, a potential violation of Missouri’s Sunshine Law. Smith’s office last Thursday issued a news release on the meetin... READ MORE

    U.S. Rep. Smith Pays Visit To Conlon’s Workshop, New VRBO Space

    Sam Conlon was in her element. She was wearing a teal T-shirt and shorts and was diligently welding the design of a tree into a tin luminary outside of her workshop located on Front Street for her shop Rust — 122 N. Main St. Music filtered out of her workshop as she worked, faintly covering the sound of a large fan that ticked close by. As U.S. Representative Jason Smith pulled up to her workshop, Conlon slid off her welding gloves and sneaked a quick bite of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich t... READ MORE

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