Missouri Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce hopes he can visit with Republican Governor-elect Eric Greitens about the state’s number one industry.
“I stand ready to work with the new governor in this position to continue to lead agriculture and to continue to seize on that momentum that we’ve built up over the last three years,” says Fordyce. “I really would like to sit down with the governor-elect and talk about really truly how important agriculture is to the state of Missouri and kind of let him know what we’ve been working on from a department perspective and what we’ve been doing from a standpoint of bringing agriculture together to tell the really good story of what we do on our farms and ranches every day.”
Missouri is home to more than 100,000 farms on 28 million acres.
Fordyce says voters elected leaders who will support the state’s agriculture industry. Missouri’s major agriculture groups backed Greitens’ opponent, Democrat Chris Koster, in Tuesday’s election. However, those groups also supported several Republicans for state offices.
“We’ve got a great ag champion in the office as Lt. Governor, Mike Parson. During his time in the Senate, he was a real champion for agriculture. So, we look forward to that relationship and we look forward to the relationship with Governor-elect Greitens,” says Fordyce.
Fordyce was named Missouri Agriculture Director in 2014 by Governor Jay Nixon (D).