County Commissioners: When Missouri Rural Crisis Center comes knocking on your door, do not let them in.

Vinnie Clubb, MCA Member from Wayne County

The Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC) is based in Howard County, Missouri. Do not let their rural location fool you. This is a George Soros-funded organization that seeks to destroy modern agriculture as we know it in Rural Missouri.

County commissioners should be on the alert about the Missouri Rural Crisis Center: They will huff, and they will puff, and they will try to blow your house down – when it comes to the economic development that modern agriculture brings to our rural areas. This includes livestock farms all over Missouri.

From what I have seen from around the state, when MRCC goes into action, they lobby county commissions, health boards and others with scare tactics and emotional pleas not based on sound science. They seek a progressive agenda not just for more regulations for agriculture, but for Medicaid expansion and much, much more. I am not impressed by their intentions.

They’re community organizers at best and snake oil salesmen at worst. Missouri Rural Crisis Center comes to county commissioners to get a foot in the door. Then, their organizational meetings whip up residents into a frenzy based on fear, not facts. Social media only makes things worse.

For all county commissioners out there in rural Missouri, when the Crisis Center comes knocking and seeks to make a crisis in your county, I encourage you to not let them in. Do not open the door. Do not give them the time of day – like locusts, they come to seek and destroy everything in their path, particularly modern farming.

Instead, county commissions should seek to become Agri-Ready certified by Missouri Farmers Care. Commissions should meet with the farmers, property owners and realtors who are working to bring economic development to our area based in our roots in agriculture.

If our rural counties do not accept and promote agriculture, our number one industry in the state, then what do we promote? Farmers help pay our property taxes that fund our county roads and bridges and help keep our small towns going. Perhaps the rural crisis folks would prefer our lands be owned by out of state interests who don’t purchase feed, fence posts and fuel here. That is not what I have in mind.

The three little pigs, of whom Rural Crisis Center would probably prefer to be raised in another country instead of in rural Missouri, aren’t safe with MRCC around. Neither are commissioners who do not have a backbone to stand up to this radical, leftist organization.

When Rural Crisis Center comes to counties, residents, commissioners and others should not let them in - not by the hair of their chinny-chin-chin.

MJCA Members Tour Southeast Missouri for Jr. Beef Tour

| August 30, 2018


MJCA Members Tour Southeast Missouri for Jr. Beef Tour

Missouri Junior Cattlemen's Association (MJCA) hosted the Show-Me Beef Tour in southeast Missouri August 24-26, 2018. MJCA members from throughout the state attended the tour to visit multiple forms of agricultural businesses in the southeast region and gain knowledge about agricultural operations. The tour is designed to give junior members exposure to different sectors of the agricultural industry in Missouri and provide them a greater understanding of the many things that go into producing agricultural commodities.   

The first stop on the tour was to Tribute Farms, a dairy operation. Participants later visited Byrd Creek Farms, a purebred Berkshire hog operation. On the second day of the tour, junior members visited Flickerwood Farms and Steinbecker Livestock to tour a stocker cattle operation. Participants later toured Jackson Egg Company to learn about egg production. The day concluded at Butch's Angus, owned by  Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) Immediate Past President Butch Meier and his wife, Eileen. 

On the final day, the tour stopped at South East Missouri University's beef farm. 

The Show-Me Beef Tour was the largest it has ever been, with 33 MJCA members in attendance. Supporting and educating the next generation of cattle producers is a goal of MCA. 

 "The Show-Me Beef Tour is a fantastic chance to educate our junior members on the many options they have when the entering the industry," said MCA Manager of Membership Maria Washburn. "It is the hope that young people will find something that they love in agriculture and return to the industry to contribute their unique skills in the future."