Focused on Farms

    Do, Learn, Earn to Live & Live to Serve

    This past week we celebrated National FFA week. Since its founding in 1928, the National FFA Organization has brought together students, educators and private sector agriculture professionals to support agriculture education in schools across our country. More specifically, FFA teaches young adults throughout southern Missouri to do, learn, earn to live and live to serve. Countless lives, including my own, have been changed for the better as FFA provides confidence in the classroom, on the farm ... READ MORE

    Putting Rural America First

    Rural America is roaring back. A recent report from the Department of Agriculture shows that for only the second time in the last century, we are actually increasing the number of farmers under the age of 35. With the President’s leadership, we have been able to deliver tax cuts for American farmers, reduced federal regulations at a rate of 22:1, driven down energy prices and have grown the economy to bring jobs back to rural America. Personally, I experienced this resurgence first hand during m... READ MORE

    U.S. Rep. Jason Smith Speaks to Texas County Farm Bureau

    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. “Within the last year, I have had the honor of working with the Trump Ad... READ MORE

    U.S. Rep. Smith Stops at Dowden Dairy in Wright County for 5th Annual Focus on Farms

    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. Congressman Smith talked about one regulation that he found to be particularly harmful, stating that there... 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

    Capitol Report: Rural Growth is America's Strength

    Twenty stops. 15 counties. 5 days. That’s the tally for the 3rd Annual District-Wide Farm Tour so far, a yearly trip to see different sectors of the agriculture industry in every corner of our district. The Farm Tour kicked off on Monday and will travel to each of the 30 counties in Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District before it is finished. It gives me the chance to talk with the farmers and ranchers that keep our rural economy moving. We are halfway through the tour, and I have already bee... 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

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