Governor Bob Holden is defending his plans to deal with the problem of urban sprawl. Cities and towns get bigger and development forces expansion. So-called urban sprawl is a fact of life in many states. Here in Missouri, it causes a lot of problems because of the importance of the agriculture industry in this state. The Governor says he wants to make sure expanding cities and towns don’t encroach on agricultural areas to the detriment of the state’s farmland. The Govenror has suggested the creation of a study group to look into the matter.