A couple of major agriculture initiatives come from Governor Matt Blunt as he visits the State Fair in Sedalia. The first deals with family farmers and the state’s ethanol incentive program. The Governor says only majority farmer-owned ethanol and biodiesel production facilities would receive discretionary state tax incentives. Blunt welcomes companies that are not farmer-owned, but says the state’s commitment is primarily to Missouri’s farm families. The second proposal has food and beef industry leaders working to increase the value of Missouri beef by establishing this state as a nationally known beef producer. A team made up of representatives from organizations that include the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, the Missouri Beef Industry Council, and the Missouri Restaurant Association will send the Governor a report with recommendations by December. Missouri is home to more than 67,000 beef producers. The industry generates more than $3.7-Billion in revenue each year.
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